Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Lay's: 4th Completed Commission Piece


Lay's

oil on canvas
30'' x 30"

I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is number four of the five commissioned paintings for Print Pack. All that leaves is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and then that's it. It will be good to get back to gallery work again. I just hope there is still an audience out there that can buy art. My gallery sales have been in a slump lately. Karen's sales, on the other hand, have actually increased since the economic "meltdown" began, so I remain cautiously optimistic. My main thrust on completion of this last commissioned painting, will be to get new work out there. I've enjoyed working on these larger pieces, and am excited about continuing in this scale with other subject matter. Once the Reese's is done, I'll get busy with new photography, and hopefully come up with some fresh, and interesting ideas.


11 comments:

L.Holm said...

They should be super happy with these. They're awesome!

Pierre Raby said...

James,you mastered this one gracefully. Your strong ability goes far beyond high realism - there's always a great sense of balance in your work, that's what amazes me the most: colors-texture-light-reflection-composition are just perfect and vibrating. Inspiring.
-Pierre

Chris Chalk said...

Crikey Neil! These are the most realistic paintings I've ever seen. Now that is quite a talent for sure. Keep creating, Chris

Mike Barr said...

Complete mastery of silver foil and the whole work shines against the dark background. Wonderful!

Sanghi said...

Wwwow! What a piece of art! I'm impressed a lot!
Keep it up!

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks everyone. I really appreciate all of your positive comments.

Alwin, Malaysia said...

john i'm speechless

you are an AMAZING artist
please dont ever stop painting

Jennifer Bellinger said...

Incredible work, Neil. This is my favorite so far...I like the reflections and the interior of the bag! You do have an extra dose of patience. Years ago I learned from other artists (who would talk honestly about their work) that they would get about halfway into a painting and feel it was going no where..I have felt this way on nearly every painting I have ever done! It is just part of the process. I like to think it is the stage where the painting is starting to take on a life of its own and if I just look to see what it is telling me it needs then I usually end up pleased with the results. I read recently that one artist calls it the "ugly stage" of a painting. I tell my students that they aren't done yet, to just keep working.

James Neil Hollingsworth said...

Thanks Alwin. Jennifer I think I'll borrow the phase "ugly stage", I like it a lot.

Vic said...

Nice work Neil. Keep it going. Hope you and Karen have a fantastic Holiday!

oil painting by lucas said...

it is good art work
Keep it up