Tuesday, November 17, 2015
While I am well aware that religion can bring peace, love and meaning to a lot of people, this painting is not about that side of religion. These three arguing men will be wearing small symbols that identify them as a moslem, a christian and a jew. The red and black in the background will be explosions to represent the result of their conflict, while a group of shadowy figures trudge off in despair. Pretty grim, but that is the way I am feeling about things right now.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
I started this painting about a year ago. I heard a phrase on the radio - I forget the context. "Mother Earth walks among her dead." Somehow, hearing this phrase immediately made me want to make a painting about it and this is what I came up with. An unidentified woman walks across a scorched and dead landscape, but reaches down to plant a little seedling.
24"x30" oil on canvas
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
In recent posts, I have been featuring some of my figurative work, which is really important to me and I keep trying to improve my skills. I want to be good at painting people so that I can use them in larger paintings that reflect my concerns about social and environmental problems of our time. These paintings are mostly troubling because they are about unpleasant subjects and all of the things that are wrong with the world.
But maybe they really are the same sort of thing, in that they are both something that I think people need to see.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
First, I will say that Kerry Dunn is a really good painter and a good enough teacher. I learned something in this three day workshop. Mostly what I learned was how to quickly establish the proper location of the various elements of the face when painting an alla prima portrait.
On the second day, the goal was completely different. Use as much extreme color as you can. I looked forward to this exercise and enjoyed it, except that we were expected to use only a palette knife instead of brushes. I hated that. I could not keep my colors clean, I could not keep them separate and I could not put them where I wanted to. Never the less, I made these two quick studies with a little brush work at the end to help me out.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I am attending an alla prima portraiture workshop at the Art Students' League with Max Ginsburg. This is so much fun that I wish I could be doing it all of the time. The first picture I did yesterday in the morning. Then we changed models and I did the second one in the afternoon.
Both are 14"x11" - oil on canvas
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
After a long hiatus I am back at painting. A trip to Labrador and Newfoundland was wonderful, but now I am glad to be back in the studio and working on a new painting. Months ago, I asked my niece to pose for this piece. She held a plastic milk bottle in the photos.
I'm not sure how I will title this piece, but it's function is to suggest that the earth, or Gaia as represented by this young woman will heal itself in spite of all the the terrible things we have inflicted upon it.
She contemplates an egg shaped glass terrarium which holds all of the new life that will restore the earth. She stands in a fiery matrix, which is to represent the scorched earth. I am searching for a title to make all of this clear to the viewer.