DAILY PAINTING: At last you can see what this painting is starting to look like! The beginning is always the most exhausting! There's alot of work yet to do just to get the first coat of paint down on the figure, but she's underway at last, and I've got just enough energy left to clean my brushes!
DAILY PAINTING: Figure painting requires a whole range of subtle nuances, and you've got to mix these at the outset, so that you can compare and balance one against the other. Also, I'm painting on a cool ground, and that will change the "look" of your colors as well. So I've got a scrap piece of paper that I had gessoed and given a coat of a color that is near to my cool ground. I placed a selection of my mixes onto this sample so that I could see how the colors "read" b
DAILY PAINTING: This is a bad photograph! I hope you can see what I'm doing: I'm working with the concept of fragmentation, so you can see that I used newspaper strips to mask part of the painting, interacting with the figure that is sketched. It's hard to see, I know! It will be easier to see once the paint starts to go on, which I hope will be soon, but these things can't be rushed!
DAILY PAINTING: I have been away from the studio for the past week because my daughter and her boyfriend have had a break up--poor dear!--so I have been doing what little I can for her. I have sketched a figure onto the canvas so that you can see where I'm going with this painting. We're having a monster thunderstorm right now--after all, this IS Florida!--so the light is very poor, in spite of the photo lamp. Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope to actually be a
DAILY PAINTING: Here's my newest, just underway, the 1st in a series of 3, called "Unseen Happenings." This series is my reflection on the unseen ways that change happens in our lives over time. We often get frustrated because we don't seem to move forward as quickly as we'd like. We might not see the evidence of these changes until they finally become apparent. And then we can finally see how far we've come! This series is 16" wide x 28" high, on 1.5" gallery wrapped st
DAILY PAINTING: "See You Soon" Today the paint was just barely dry enough for me to remove the masque for the gestural lines you now see, you I think adds to the expression of joy. It needs to dry for the rest of today, though, and then we'll see about finishing it this weekend!
DAILY PAINTING: This is my new painting, entitled "See You Soon", inspired by the happy joy of anticipation, when I heard the news that our son would soon be coming home. It is 24" x 20", one of my favorite sizes, and it's a high key palette. I've just begun the roughing in, so you can at least get a feel for the composition. Lots of work yet to come, but I like it already!
DAILY PAINTING: This is the finished painting, and you can see that I modified the bottom third. I felt that the stroke pattern was too defined (compare the last post to this one), so I used solvent to dissolve some of the cold wax (great stuff!) and scraped away, creating a more evocative, suggestive passage in that part of the composition. Then I strengthened some of the yellow orange, and it's done! See the completed painting on my Saatchi site.
DAILY PAINTING: Wow, it's really coming along! Just a few small adjustments left to be made to finish this one up. I've really enjoyed the challenge of making this work, and I'm pleased with the outcome. I left just a bit of white to counterbalance the black square. See what happens tomorrow!