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Lightly Cloaked

12″ x 12″Oil on Linen

A new addition to the “Cloaked” series but with a lighter, cooler palette.

Two Views Two

 

Oil on Linen 12″ x 16″           Same model, two views.

Oil on Linen 12″ x 12″

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″

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!

Fledglings

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A portrait of M. and  a house sparrow.

Angles

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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.

 

Movement And Light

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Oil on Linen 18″x 24″

Movement and light are my subjects in this painting.  Or should I say, the joy of both.

Stretch

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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!

Portrait of S

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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.

Restless

 

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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;)

My Self

 

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Oil on Linen 24″x 24″

Melange

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Oil on Linen 24×24″

A product of my recent exercises in backlight and line.  First in a series.

Oh, and I’m pleased to share that my work and links are now included in the directory/gallery of the curated site, Figurative Artist.

Button Up

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Oil on Linen 18″x 24″

It’s pretty cold out there! I’m constantly pulling my coat a little closer.

The Red Dress

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Oil on Linen 24″ x  24″

Lots of reflected light, on a sumptuous linen surface=so much fun to paint!  Below you’ll find progress images.

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When not working alla prima, I generally begin with a value based underpainting- blocking in the entire painting to create a first layer.  As you can see, with this one, I started with charcoal and worked the painting bit by bit.

OMG

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Oil on Canvas 12″x12″   Alla Prima

In this piece, I’ve mixed mindful linear accents with an even focus of hues and values.

I’m working furiously at the moment, so please forgive my lack of attention (for the time being), to all of your terrific blogs.  I’ll move back into blogger mode soon and enjoy catching up with you.  I so appreciate you insightful comments and kind support. Thank you!

Elusive

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Acrylic and oil on canvas 18″x24″

For this piece, I followed the same procedure as  “Active Resolve” .   I’m finding it a satisfying process, at least for the moment;)

Active Resolve

bAndrew copy                                                     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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