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Angles

bjangles

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.

 

Restless

 

brestless copy

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

 

bmyself

Oil on Linen 24″x 24″

The Red Dress

breddress copy

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.

hairholdsteps

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.

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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