Acrylic, Oil, Graphite on Canvas 18″x24″
My handsome model’s presence and a challenge from my son, inspired a painting whose kinetic energy moves directly forward, from movement to quiet resolution. Articulating that movement required an approach that differed from my usual.
I began with an energetic acrylic abstract painting. Over top of the acrylic, I drew my subject with willow charcoal. To prevent the painting from becoming too muddy, I sprayed the drawing down with “SpectraFix” (a much healthier fixative to work with than the alternatives). I proceeded with a very quick and incomplete grisaille underpainting of the figure, and then began painting in oil with color. Over top, I played with oil sticks and pencil.
I’ve got to tell you that I really enjoyed the spontaneity of this process. I found the energy to be contagious. More paintings are in the works, experimenting with the same procedure.
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I’ve played with a single scanned textural element in an other wise all digital painting. In this case, you guessed it, it’s the mountain. I created it with acrylics on watercolor paper, scanned it and popped it into this digital painting.
This “Mountaintop” piece is available as an 11″x 14″ high quality print.
Can’t get away this weekend ? How about taking a little vacation via Kate and Audrey. They have generously allowed us to follow them to exclusive places. Take a deep breath (go ahead), now make room in your busy mind for a beautiful respite. Exhale now and view Kate’s self-portrait.
Kate takes on a stroll through a garden of her imagining. Ocean breezes, peaceful, lovely, thoughtful, just like Kate. Ahh.
Feel better? I thought you might. Ok, now you are ready to explore a little bit of Italy. Audrey (who also makes gorgeous hand paintings), has finished her Italian street scene. Buy a balloon, tourist watch or climb up the hill to enjoy the view. Stop into the café for refreshment before you start back home.
There’s nothing like a personal tour guide. Thanks Audrey. I’ve always wanted to see Italy.
Jonathan O. kept the energy flowing with this gorgeous triptych. He began organically, and his imagination ruled the concept and design of the paintings. Jonathan completed the “Bison”canvas first. This painting set the design for the other two creatures and canvases. I think they work almost as well separately as they do together. But as a triptych, the piece truly speaks to the magical convergence of inspiration, imagination, and skill. Really exciting work Jonathan!
As promised earlier in the month, here is Samantha’s completed acrylic painting. Clearly, Samantha is not afraid of rendering her darks and lights. She’s a natural with values. However, translating black and white into color is a little tricky. This is not a problem for Samantha. She dove right in with complementary colors. They pop with energy when placed together, as you can see in this piece. Sam didn’t stop there, she added drama with her stylized interpretation of the scene. The design work in her composition pulls each element together beautifully. Samantha’s painting welcomes the viewer to step right in, pick some apples and enjoy the warmth of the scene. Very nice work.
Jonathan has doubly outdone himself, painting a self-portrait and collaging a rich textured stormy sea back round. Quite expressive, don’t you think?