No artist I know ever stops observing, never stops studying. I’ve been away from this blog for a while, but I’ve been constantly working, studying. The dissatisfaction with at least one element in every finished piece always drives the next piece. Above are a few studies I’ve been working on, trying to “fix” something that didn’t gel in a previous effort.
Edges are a constant concern. Softening, firming or losing them in a back round. It’s something I’m always pondering. Transitioning of values from one passage to another, is another thing I’m constantly thinking about. Dramatic lighting changes up the way I think about edges and transitions. And color often runs away with my intentions.
I’ll be posting more soon. These will be finished works that will no doubt drive the next bunch of studies:)
One piece that I was pretty happy with (“Tommy”) when I finished it, was awarded sixth place in the Portrait Society of America’s Members show in the Non-Commissioned category. I’m thrilled, humbled and very excited! Click on the “Portrait Society” link and enjoy all of the excellent work!
Portrait of T. Oil on Linen 20″x 29″
My favorite post of the week. I’ll be back when I finish several WsIP. Till then, thanks for your “likes” and comments. They add fuel to my productive fire:)
Detail, Portrait of T
Oil on Linen 24″x 34″
A new portrait.
Sorry, all. I’ve been spending more time painting, and less time blogging. I’ve been and will be, following you and enjoying your blogs in bursts. I’m slow, but I’ll get there:) I’m also posting my nature photography on Instagram, so click the sidebar photo if you’re interested. As always, I very much appreciate your “likes” and thoughtful comments. Thank you!
Lots of paint, loose and moody. Both are oil and relatively small, 11″x 14″ and 8″x10″ respectively.
“Sisters Tug of War” 8″x 10″ Oil on Linen “The Red Scarf” 10″x 10″ Oil on Linen
Oil on Linen with Gold Leaf 16″ x 20″
Beginning 1 & 2
Hair: meaningful in so many traditions and cultures. The way that we wear it may be a statement, a passive rebellion, an identifier, an obsession, a tabu or even a code. It’s a point of pride and a worry, and it’s oh so personal. It’s meaningful to me and so much fun to paint. That’s why I wish I had kept this piece simpler, as in the early stages (directly above). I may go back and make a drawing or an alla prima of this composition in the near future.
Oil on Linen 24″ x 24″
A portrait of M. and a house sparrow.
One of several paintings haunting me. I’m holding myself to higher standards lately, hanging onto nearly finished pieces, putting them aside for weeks, seeing them anew and correcting. Only after many improvements, am I letting them go.
There are a couple more waiting to be released…soon…maybe..;)
Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″
Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″
Oil on Linen 6″ x 8″
Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″
New additions to the “Cloaked” series.
Lots to say, this post…
These paintings are intriguing and confounding me. Many attempts live under layers of grounding gray, waiting for a new painting to appear on the surface. The layered images are indeed cloaked;) I’m not even certain that all of the images above will survive. I’m giving them some time… I’m after a particular trepidatious quality in a painting that actually “works”.
For a while now, I’ve been experiencing a pinched nerve in my back, so sitting at the easel and at the computer is uncomfortable. The easel is priority one, so blogging has been and will be spotty at best. The upshot is that I’m not able to visit your blogs as often as I’d like, and I’m sorry about that.
Also, I’d like to provide a link to Six and Crows. Some of my paintings have been paired with fine poetry and a really terrific blog.
One last thing. I’m terribly excited that one of my “Cloaked”, “Persistence of Vision” to be specific, is being shown at the Crane Arts Gallery 105 in Philadelphia as part of the “Old Enough to Know Better” exhibit! The show is presented by Woman’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter.
Oil on linen 24″x 30″
I haven’t posted for quite a while, but I’ve been working on the “Cloaked” series and larger figure paintings.
Though I employ friends and family to pose just as models, these paintings most often turn into portraits, like the one above.
Oil on Linen 18″x 24″
Movement and light are my subjects in this painting. Or should I say, the joy of both.
While struggling with the dark “Cloaked” series, I felt compelled to search for a little light. This is one of two recent pieces expressing that urge to find the light. Tomorrow, another light seeking painting.
Oil on Canvas 8″x10″
I’ve painted five new “Cloaked” pieces but this is the only surviving painting. More to come (I hope).
Alla prima 16″x 20″ Oil on Linen
While struggling with the next set of “Cloaked” paintings, I felt the need to work with a big brush, my favorite male model and some color!
11″x 14″ Oil on Linen
“Cloaked” is essentially the next- generation in the “Divide Series”. Much like the original “Divide Series”, there is a barrier-a separation between the individual and the world. In this new series, the divide takes the form of a headpiece. Its connotations may or may not be religious, from a time long past, or a time yet to come.
9″x 12″ Oil on Canvas
The surface of each painting is both textured and glossy, much like the feel of old Flemish portraits. Sorry I’m unable to show you here, but I’m sure you get the idea.
12″x 16″ Oil on Linen
I’m pretty excited about them:)
Occasionally, someone will ask about my painting process. I have in the past, posted my usual digital painting and oil painting process. But once in a while, I’ll choose this method. It’s not an overall block-in, refine and refine again way to work. It is instead, a little by little fill in method. While this technique can be fun, I don’t recommend it to anyone who is just starting to paint. Nor is it a way to work with a live model as your subject. But, if working from one of your photos, it’s a nice change of pace.
Most painters who use this technique virtually finish an area before they move on. I continue to go back and rework, just not as much as I do with an overall blocked- in underpainted method. Many artists who employ this technique use far less color and create much tighter paintings. My finish (below) is about as tight as I like to get, regardless of the method. But next time I work this technique, I’m going to limit the color significantly. The color here is a little too exuberant. Color, edges, highlights- all fighting for attention. So next time, less of everything:) I’ll let you know how it goes.
Oil on Linen 24″x 24″
One of those paintings that I keep fussing with. I’ll probably give it a week of rest and then fine tune it a little bit more.
Oil on Linen 14″x 18″
Alla Prima, with a concentration on my subject’s gloriously chaotic curls.
16″x 20″ Oil on canvas
A more limited palette. I often lean on color to help me create form and interest. With this painting, I’ve limited color and used it sparingly, paying closer attention to line and shadow.
This painting was my third effort-same subject, and the only one to survive;)
Oil on Linen 8″x 15″
An exercise I could have taken farther, but decided to leave as is.
Oil on Linen 24″x 24″
This painting has been “finished” for a couple of weeks now. However, I’ve tweaked it almost every day for the past two weeks, each time thinking “ok, now it’s finished”. It’s finished:)