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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gone Without a Whisper


"Gone Without a Whisper"
7 x 5 oil on panel

SOLD

   I often get asked what my titles mean.  Most of the time they originate with stories that I make up involving something going on in the painting, or a story that I see coming out of the painting, akin to seeing shapes in the clouds.  With this piece, I imagined a man, standing in the park, watching his fiance walking away far down the path (if you click on the image above you can see a larger version where the figures are more visible.)  His fiance has just suddenly broken off the engagement, leaving him stunned in this beautiful place.  He watches her walking away, waiting for her to turn around, run back, and tell him that it was all just a joke.  She doesn't, and he watches until he can't see her any longer.  She just left him, without any warning, and was Gone Without a Whisper.
   Melodramatic? Definitely. A sad story coupled with a beautiful scene? Indeed.  But this is what came into my head when looking at the painting, and so it stuck.

08/21/10 Update: I've replaced the image above with a higher-quality scan.

8 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

Beautiful light. Great green values.

Susan Roux said...

What a wonderful feeling you captured here. Its so dreamy. I just want to walk down this road, very slowly...

Carol Blackburn said...

Sounds like you need a story written to go with this book cover you've created.............
This is beautiful.

Denise R said...

Oh I love the story! I do these things in my mind too when painting or just when looking at a scene in nature...I thought I was the only one! haha! Great painting! Love the light and the greens too.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

You are such a romantic! I just wanted to tell you that I received my 2nd painting from you and it is even better in person. My only regret is that this one sold before I could get to it!! It is stunning, those colors just knock me out. Love the little white dog too...oh alright, I love ALL your work!!

Readers, are you listening? Buy this man's work while you can still afford it!

Shane Rebenschied said...

Thank you all for the comments! And thanks for giving me a good laugh this morning Carol Schiff! All the kind words are a great encouragement and I'm hoping to be able to start painting again this coming week. According to the Outliers book, and the "10,000 hours" rule, I figure I'm about 9, 900 hours away from mastery. ;)

Have a great weekend!

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

Just got it. It is even better in person! I absolutely love it!

Thanks Shane!

Shane Rebenschied said...

Hello Susan,
Fantastic! I'm happy to hear it arrived safely and that you're enjoying it. Thanks again Susan! :)

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