During her second bout with cancer, Terry banished her first-time chemo wig and sported a variety of adorable hats. Eventually she came to the conclusion that she didn’t care to hide her nearly bald head anymore. At the gentle urging of her friends in art class, Terry removed her cap and as a great favor to me, allowed me to take photos of her. Terry’s beautiful face never required the embellishment of hair. While we talked, she graciously posed for my camera. Her eyes shone, and her smile widened into her quintessential Terry glow, her features merging with the light around her.
Even in the throes of the devastating illness assaulting her body, Terry’s spirit still managed to radiate warmth and joy. This phenomenon I think, was an outpouring of her capacity for fathomless love. Love that she so generously shared with absolutely everyone and every living thing. And this was almost always evident. I am in awe of Terry, though until now, it was impossible for me to attempt to describe her extraordinary grace with my clumsy words.
Terry endowed us with a well full of incorporeal beauty. A smidge lives, as a cinematic-like image of Terry in my mind’s eye. She appears to be absolutely luminescent. But the greater portion of her largess is free to anyone who cares to look for it. You can feel it, in the light.
12″ x 12″Oil on Linen
A new addition to the “Cloaked” series but with a lighter, cooler palette.
Oil on Linen 12″ x 16″ Same model, two views.
Oil on Linen 12″ x 12″
“Julian” Oil on Canvas 30″ x 40″
It’s been quite a while since I’ve dabbled in the world of WordPress. So, all week long I’ll be posting a backlog of paintings beginning with this one. It’s a near to life sized portrait of my son, Julian; composer, arranger, singer/songwriter, musician, writer, teacher, and visual artist. Below are links to a partial catalog of Julian’s work:
Julian’s twelve and counting, independently written, performed, produced albums: Band Camp Julian Cartwright (album artwork included).
A performance and interview Julian’s spoken word work on Sound Cloud.
And his visual art.
A shout out to all of my blogger friends. I look forward to visiting you this week to see what you’ve been up to.
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
Waiting Oil on Linen 11″x 14″
The Lane Oil on Linen 16″ x 20″
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.
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.
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..;)
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).
Oil on Linen 8″x 15″
An exercise I could have taken farther, but decided to leave as is.