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Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Oil Painting: The Conflict

This is my latest oil painting, titled "The Conflict". I love the idea of a dual self-portrait showing different sides to a personality. On the surface this painting represents a conflict between two people--or is it the same person?

I've thought a lot lately about the risk that many people take in supporting unpopular ideas or revealing a very personal side of their life, often risking rejection and ridicule. So often we are conditioned to take the safer route and cover up our thoughts and beliefs. In the end, who is taking a bigger risk?

24 comments:

willow said...

Very beautiful and thought provoking piece, Peggi! I had to look at this one for a long time. So lovely.

Manon Doyle said...

I can't agree more with your post! I think that as I get older I'm starting not to care as much what other people think and just be myself!
The painting is gorgeous! Great work!!

RHCarpenter said...

Very thought-provoking, Peggi. I see that she's putting on all the outer accoutrements that society requires - while her inner self, stripped almost bare, seems to be agonizing over something. I like this very much.
Also, I wanted to thank you for the lovely cards I received for signing up for your newsletter! Beauties, all of them.

Paula Villanova said...

I love the mystery in this and I believe you raise an important point!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Although we take risks being true to ourselves in our work reveals some of our strongest pieces. Very thought provoking piece. The woman looks like you.

Peggi Habets said...

Willow, Rhonda, Manon and Paula-Thank you for the feedback. Much appreciated.

Robin,
It started out as a self portrait, but soon realized that it was more universal. Thanks for the comment.

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

This is stunning and your words are spot on. It is dangerous to risk stifling your complete true self. I believe that many of us know this yet must remind ourselves of it. Your painting is a beautiful reminder. Thank you.

Brenda said...

Absolutely stunning. This is definitely a "picture that paints a thousand words". I was immediately struck by the light from the window shining on the 'hidden' face, in contrast with the 'visible' face being shrouded with the scarf. It seems that no matter which of our faces we choose to show the world, we always keep back that one little part of ourselves, don't we? But as you said, "Who is taking a bigger risk?". Lovely work!

PS: Thanks for the cards - love them!!

jeannette stgermain said...

For painters to do truly creative work, being able to think independently, is a must! i think that you brought out the conflict suberbly by the unmade bed and the woman at the point of leaving.
Edward Hopper came to mind, because he, among other things, also brings out conflict well.
You're on the right track!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Your painting is equisite, I love scarves on women I think they add to their beauty. Amazing how you can capture details like the buttons on her gloves, and the folds in her scarf.

Isn't that the truth, revealing ones self is a very vulnerable position to be in! I find in a lot of my poems, much of who I am is there! My belief is the passions inside give art it's uniqueness and flair!

Peggi Habets said...

Jo & Sara,
I like reading your take on the painting. It's so interesting to hear what others see or focus on.

Jo,
I love scarves too! I always look wistfully at the beautiful Indian women when they are dressed in their traditional outfits, so colorful and flowy. Then I try it and look like a doofus.

Jeanette,
Ooh, thanks for nod to Edward Hopper. I don't think our names hasve ever been in the same sentence!

Abby Creek Art said...

Really beautiful and intriguing painting, Peggi.

By the way...how's your footsie? xox

Anonymous said...

When our actions are in direct conflict with what we really feel, what our spirit tells us. . . we cause ourselves great harm . . . depression, illness, lack of sleep, to name only a few. I love your art and your thoughts today are right on point. I believe there is a wave of people, including myself, who are needing to come into alignment with spirit before we stray too far. Peace, Light and Love, CordieB.

Dan said...

Peggy thanks for your recent visit and comments. Your work is fantastic! Painting has piqued my iterest in the past, but I've never have made a move in that direction. It would seem to me, portraits and figures would be infinately more difficult than scenery.

Peggi Habets said...

Linda,
Footsie is healing miraculously! I am in a regular shoe now (ugly thing but at least it's not the "boot".) and even shoveled the driveway yesterday! Thanks so much for asking.

CordieB and Dan- So nice to see new faces!!! Thanks for dropping by and for your nice coments. I enjoyed both your sites. Cordie, your poem "Circle of Love" was just along these lines, how timely.

redchair said...

Very nice work and a very different direction for you. I really like the complexity. It's inviting and leads the viewer to be introspective. Very cool, girl!

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Anonymous said...

Nice painting, Peggi. I can see you're going to go out there and give 'em hell. Reminds me of a Hopper. (It also reminds me, though I suppose I shouldn't say, of an obscure movie where a dissolute, old gunslinger (Lee Marvin) decides to sober up and stand down the bad guys. He's dressing for the showdown.) But I don't mean to ridicule your painting, which I think is first-rate. Why don't you begin a movement of "thought" or message paintings like this which grab the viewer in two ways instead of just one (the aesthetic)?

Peggi Habets said...

100 swallows, Too funny--dressing for a showdown! I like the visual. Good suggestion for a series.

Pattie Wall said...

Peggi - I like the theme on this one. I think about the conflict with every post I write...it's sometimes out of my comfort zone to put so much out there, but it's also nice to see what makes us each such unique individuals - especially the 'art doers'.

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Jo A. T.B. said...

Hey Peggy,

I'm adding you to my blog, and I following you too! Take care, Jo :)

angy said...

Hey
I really admire your paintings especially the oil ones. I've been drawing lots of your paintings at school and home and everyone said they were marvellous!I would love to come and see one of your exhibitions!
Bye !
Angelica x

angy said...

Hey!
I love your paintings especially the oil ones.I've been drawing them at school and home and everyone said they were marvellous.Bye!
Angelica x