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;)
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.
I’m pleased to invite you all to the opening of my show. It’s called “Girls In Sight”. If the images above look familiar it’s because the paintings that will be on exhibit are the very illustrations/portraits of the young women in my book “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”. They are oil, mixed media, 30″x 40″ and incorporate a collage of the subject’s work in the back round of each painting.
If any of you live close enough to attend to opening, I’d be thrilled to meet you!
Watercolor and Pastel 11″x14″*
*A new series, “Blood And Vapor”.: Who lingers within you? Have you ever felt an ancestral presence? The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone. A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor?
A new series, “Blood And Vapor”.
Who lingers within you? Have you ever felt an ancestral presence? The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone. A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor?
I’ll be wrestling with a visual expression, with varied materials and modes of expression to come close to addressing these questions.
I’m experimenting wildly so many of the pieces I’ve made thus far don’t really “work”. Some approach the mark for me, and others are quite disappointing. I’ll be sharing them all with you as I explore.
This piece is watercolor, 22″x30″, with a burnt sienna oil glaze in selected portions.
Watercolor with acrylic accents. The acrylic is a crafty mix squeezed from a plastic bottle.