Saturday, February 28, 2015
"Chinese Girl", 24 x 18 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is an older painting done in 2009 and I think it must have been done from a photo from my trip to China, but I don't remember. It is interesting comparing the old with the new--I often use more paint now, but the brushwork that I like is apparent. I always think I will remember everything, but so many things are forgotten. I am sometimes just lucky there is an actual memory right there on the canvas.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
"Young Woman", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board
For me the portrait is the most difficult in terms of the obsession of the mind that seeks perfection. The compulsion to get a likeness takes over and the process becomes one of fixing and re-fixing--not a happy place to be. In this portrait, I just quit after basically the first take and despite those thoughts trying to hammer me about this and that in the painting, I'm very happy to just leave it. My goal is to actually think differently about it--get out of that old moldy thought process. Make it as unfinished as it wants to be.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
"Still Life with Oranges", 12 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm always glad to get back to the still life. It is no less a challenge than a portrait, but I can more easily dismiss the battle with the mind and its seemingly incurable determination to exactly capture the proportions of every nuance of the model. You can basically do what you want with flowers and oranges and vases.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
"Woman in Blue", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
Recently at a demo of a well-known artist, I took photos of my fellow artists, who were watching intently. I hope they now do not mind if I publish the paintings that I did of them. The expressions were unique and beautiful
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
"Portrait in High Key", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This painting was an experiment in high key. Its a little straight on and I think it looks better in the photo than in actuality, but they are all experiments, right? Sometimes that is all I can ask of myself--to paint and put it in the box and go on to the next one.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
"Yellow Dress", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
My experiment with a limited palette is over, at least for now. A limited palette is good for a value painting and its interesting to see how far one can go with it. But I'm not sure I want or need to return to the days when all the wonderful colors we have today were not available. This painting uses a full range of color and it was so much more enjoyable to paint and its much more in the direction I want to go.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
"Man Watching", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is another experiment with limited palette and if I remember correctly, it was blue, orange, black and white. Doing this type of exercise is interesting, but the paintings are more value sketches than color sketches.