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Study

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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

 

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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:)

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Detail, Portrait of T

Expectations

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Waiting   Oil on Linen 11″x 14″b1lane copy

 

 

The Lane  Oil on Linen 16″ x 20″

Gingers

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Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″

This week I will be posting work realized during my long blogging hiatus.  This is the first of several portraits of red heads.  I love colors found in the skin tones and hair highlights of red heads.

 

D in Dots

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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!

Mercurial

 

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bsullen copyLots of paint, loose and moody. Both are oil and relatively small, 11″x 14″ and 8″x10″ respectively.

A Passive Upbraiding

 

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Oil on Linen with Gold Leaf 16″ x 20″

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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.

Fledglings

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A portrait of M. and  a house sparrow.

The Haunting

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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..;)

Looking For Light

b-copy-1While 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.

Newly Cloaked

 

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I’ve painted five new “Cloaked” pieces but this is the only surviving painting.  More to come (I hope).

Illuminated

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An exercise I could have taken farther, but decided to leave as is.

 

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