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After Class

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Summer Days

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The Descent Series

Wary

 

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Another Descent Series piece.

 

For those who may be interested, I start with a drippy big brush sketch, then refine just enough to try and hit the sweet spot.

Resigned

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The Descent Series

 

End of the Day

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Sashay

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Mustached

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It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Skittering

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This quick little guy was inspired by a kind offer by Mary of Oil Pastels by Mary when she posted photos of geckos and lizards on her blog.

Mary works amazing painterly magic with oil pastels, a medium which has always been for me, completely confounding!:) Mary is also a lovely, supportive blogger friend. Thank you Mary!

Rainy Day 1940’s

 

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Raining today as well:)

The Descent Series

Extension

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The Descent Series

 

Equilibrium

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The Descent series.

You’ve seen all of the watercolors below already.  I painted them one afternoon a few weeks ago.  By dinner time, the wall of my studio looked like this. I’m looking forward to starting another batch very soon.

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Discomfort

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Fair Hair

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The Descent series.

All Dressed Up

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Irascible Grackle

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The grackles are back in impressive numbers.  I’m constantly mesmerized by their iridescence and shrewd behavior.  One particular grackle inspired this watercolor. He puffed up in the cool breezes, holding firm his territory and warning his rivals to stay clear.

Beach Day

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Supervising

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The “Descent” series.

Innocence

 

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The Descent series

Descent

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I’m having loads of fun with these old photo inspired paintings.  They provide an emotional connection and a place to begin.  I’m allowing myself the freedom to take great liberties with the faces and figures.  Unlike  portraiture, I m borrowing only what I’m interested in exploring and filling in the rest anyway I like.  It’s a bit like genetics and traditions. Genetics because of the chance factors in unplanned watercolor and traditions because we can choose to uphold them,modify them or create our own.

For the purpose of continuity, I’ll be referring to this improvisational series of sketches as the “Descent”series”.  I’ll post them intermittently and in no particular order, certainly not in descending order.  I’ll be jumping back and forth through time.

Julian’s

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This is the first time I’ve featured the work of a fellow artist on my blog.

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When I first started to blog, I made the decision to keep my intentions simple and though I’ve been quite tempted to highlight the work of artists I admire, I have only shown you my various efforts.

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Today I’m making an exception because the artist whose work I’m featuring is my son.

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Gesture, humor, elegance and the drama of the human condition converge and surprise in Julian Cartwright’s  drawings and paintings.

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At least that’s how I see it. 

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Enjoy!

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