Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Some of my work will be shown at Catamount Arts in St Johnsbury VT as part of the Second Tuesday group show. Second Tuesday is an art discussion group that has been meeting for more than twenty years. Paintings from my series "Breaking Through" and "Atlantic Beaches" will be on view.
Breaking through, is the first group of little paintings that I have done that are purely abstract. they seem to be about breaking through the cobwebs to some inner, yet hard to reach passion. I think I will pursue this series and make some bigger ones.
Atlantic beaches is about dead things on the beach. Dead jellyfish. Broken shells. Bits of seaweed. As part of my larger "Small Things" series (I'm up to about 135) these are a celebration of and homage to tiny things under our feet or right in front of our faces that all too often go unnoticed.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
But which way is up?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
These are two images from my painting group on Monday morning. The second picture shows the work in progress and the first is how it stands now. This is all about practice, practice, practice. A lot of figure artists start with the darks and gradually build toward the lights and that works really well for them. It might work really well for me too but instead, I like to establish the lightest lights early on. Maybe that is because I tend to use fairly stiff brushes that would scratch the underpainting off if I tried to apply lights on top of the darks.
oil on canvas - 24"x18"
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Before and after shots of the picture I made last Monday. I really liked painting this woman with her up turned face. In the first one, her forehead doesn't look like it is tipped back to go with her raised chin. So, in the revision, I shaved a little off her forehead. Then - Yikes! - I noticed that her earring was coming out of the side of her cheek, not from where her ear would be, so I changed that too. And since the picture was taken, I have softened the shadow on her right cheek. This seems to be part of a "yellow chair" series.