Monday, January 22, 2018

A Slow Start To The Week

Stayed up late to watch "The Martian" on TV, then couldn't get to sleep for another hour or so. Woke up to feed the birds, then crashed back into bed, so I got a very late start to painting today. True; the day's not over yet... We'll see how it unfolds... Meanwhile, I took advantage of the cat's nap to sneak down to the basement studio and draw in the grid and basic lines for this new piece:

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

I'm doing it on one of the newly arrived panels from Ampersand. It's a strange size— 19-1/2" x 30-1/4"; my gallery owner gave me a very nice frame in that size, so I had to have a custom panel made to fit it. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wrapping It Up For The Weekend

Last one for the day. All of the paintings are in various states of drying, and Monday will be soon enough to get back to them.

In Case Of Emergency, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Obsessed

My usual plan for the work week is to spend some time on each of the works in progress, and today I was supposed to get back to In Case Of Emergency and The Chair. But every time I look at The Gauntlet, I find something else that I want to paint, right away! I feel like a woman obsessed.

Today I really wanted to apply color to the first mannequin on the left, and then that led to delineating the reflections of the building across the street and lightening up the color of the window frame.

 The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

The order of new panels from Ampersand arrived yesterday, and once again I am greatly impressed with the way they package their products for shipping. It's a work of art in itself. I have three more new paintings planned; had better finish something soon... But mostly I want to knock out the distracting white areas on this one, and bring a sense of unity to it.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Painting Makes Me Happy

Painting does make me happy; I watched a segment of a series on MPT yesterday named "Creativity in America," and one of the artists said pretty much the same thing. It's a joy to bring beauty into the world. Of course, having said that, I must admit that right now Somerville Roses is nothing more than a sloppy mess, since I got the original measurements on the picket fence wrong and had to paint over some areas. But once I brush in some of the greenery and the roses, it'll be fine.

Meanwhile, The Gauntlet makes me really happy. It's going well.

 The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

 Somerville Roses, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

More Rose

This is actually a peony, though it looks like a rose; the title comes from the cut glass bowl it floats in. This is another painting I started years ago, and ran out of steam on. The flower is complex enough, but the facets in the glass eventually drove me crazy. I'm planning to work on it bit by bit, inch by inch,  in the evenings.

The fun thing about it is, it's on a round wooden panel.

  Rose Bowl, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Somerville Roses and Tiny Dabs


 Years ago I was wandering the streets of Somerville, Massachusetts when I passed a lovely street corner display. I've always wanted to paint it, but it had to wait until I got other things out of the way. It's a rambling rose bush, spilling over an antique picket fence. Over the next couple of weeks it'll start to take shape.

  Somerville Roses, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Modeling the face on the image below requires tiny, tiny strokes, because this is only a 6" square painting. The colors and tones slide into each other very gradually. I never realized the young woman is wearing earrings! At least, not until I blew up the reference and saw the two white spheres near her neck.

  Study After A Maid Asleep, (Johannes Vermeer), © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Last but not least, some work on Jeff's shirt. I think the shadow areas aren't dark enough yet.
 
 
Eddie and Jeff, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

Foreground

I did get to work on this last night; painted in the shadows on the ground area below the building.

Evening Star Café, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

An Interim Shot

Later tonight I plan to do some more work on this, but here's this afternoon's work, mostly taking care of details on the left side:

Evening Star Café, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday

Moving along; I was waiting for a chance to just focus on this one for a couple of hours of strong daylight. The way the colors blend into each other is magical in the reference photo, and it's taken a while and several layers of paint to get to this point, but it feels like it's coming together. There's more to do, of course. (Including ducks.)

    Learned Pond, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And last night I did put in some time on this one.
José, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Floundering

I just can't seem to get it together today. It's really difficult to draw in the architectural details on the Brooklyn piece, even with the aid of a grid. And the hand painting's background wall, which changes color subtlely from a warm white to cool, had to be gone over numerous times with a fan brush to even out the strokes. And even then, every time I wiped it off,I ended up transferring cat hair and dust from the paper towel to the paint layer.

I might work on something else tonight, but today was pretty much a wash as far as getting something accomplished.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

  The Hand Of The Artist, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


A Frigid Monday Morning

It's 29 degrees outside. Supposedly we're due for snow flurries tomorrow afternoon; I welcome a dusting of the white stuff. Actually, I'd be happier with two or three inches, but that's another story. Here's this morning's work: it's a federal holiday today honoring the Reverend Martin Luther King, but I thought it would be best not to take the day off from painting, as time slips away and there is much ground to cover this year.

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sink and Tiles

I realize it looks like I never get anything new done on this one, but I did add a few grout lines and actually did a lot on the sink on the right.

Protective Coloration, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   
 
And I took this one a little further:


When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

New Year, Old Work

I started this one years ago, but as you can see it's very complicated and quite tedious to work on. There's an absurd level of detail. The title refers to the fact that the reference photo was taken from the rooftop restaurant of a hotel I stayed in for a wedding; the young couple who were married the day before now have two kids, so you can see how long it's been... Nonetheless, I'd like to finish it sometime this year.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   
 
I'm going to start penciling in a couple of other pieces that have been on hold for a while, too, over the next week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ieva

It's hard to do a good job of painting when you're listening to the news. And especially when the news is so disturbing and appalling. But I did a reasonably decent job on Ieva this evening.

Ieva, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Filling In More Color

This morning's work:

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All About Red

It's been pointed out to me that years ago, the dominant color in many of my paintings was blue. This is true. Then, for reasons I should probably look into, I switched to red. Anyway, here's this morning's work:

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   
 
In Case Of Emergency, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  
 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Highlights

The Evening Star Café apparently was founded in 1997, according to its sign, and last night I attempted to paint in that reference. White and yellow have almost no contrast when placed next to each other, though, so I was glad the letters on the actual sign cast a shadow— otherwise, you'd never be able to read them.

Evening Star Café, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 

They still need a lot more work, however.

I also added a lot of white highlights here and there, on the windows, above the shelves, etc., so it was mostly a white paint session.



  The Hand Of The Artist, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I lightened the floor area in this one, and darkened the Big Giant Hand.
 

    Learned Pond, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Did more work today on graduating the blue background in preparation for the clouds. It looks much darker here than it does in reality.

 


Monday, January 8, 2018

More Vermeer

The tablecloth was calling for attention today, so I painted a few more areas:

  Study After A Maid Asleep, (Johannes Vermeer), © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Sleet And Freezing Rain

As I write this, there are birds all over the yard, pecking at the seed I put out for them. Times like this are hard on them, and it seems to be difficult for them to find food when the ground is frozen solid, as it is now. Their movements keep the cat entertained, though I'm sure it's frustrating for him to not be able to catch any of them.

Had to run errands this morning. I'm starting to get annoyed with the slowness of placing points and drawing in lines on this one; since I can't wait to get to the color, I've started blocking in a few tones. Now taking a break.

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Cold Saturday

Don't feel much like doing anything today, though I did put in a little time on City Chic, which I am considering renaming The Gauntlet.

City Chic, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Friday, January 5, 2018

And Some Night Work

Did not want to forget what I did last night on Evening Star; the bench on the right has suddenly materialized!

Evening Star Café, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Dropping Off Paintings

This morning (and I should note for future reference: in the freezing cold) I took four paintings to the Susan Calloway Fine Art Gallery in the District. I can't tell you how pleased I am about this new association, though it does mean I have to do a lot more work in the next few months. It was also thrilling to see my "Whole Foods" placed prominently in the front window!


Spent the afternoon or at least the early part of it working on the new piece:

City Chic, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

I've had a tube of Perylene Black hanging around on the paint table for years, and it turns out to be the perfect color for the architectural details on the building, so I'm happy to be finally getting some use out of that. It's a very greenish sort of black, and it mixes with white to be a good match for those old Manhattan buildings.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

More Of The Big Giant Hand

This is a nice painting to work on, as it requires luscious mixtures of reds and blues and ochres—

  The Hand Of The Artist, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Big Paintings In The Basement Studio

So I went down to the studio in the basement to retrieve something, and it was so cozy and snug that I decided to move the new painting down there and work on it and one other large one I've been neglecting. The cat spent the entire 1-1/2-hour session harassing me with his whiny meowing insistence that I leave; once I finally did, he promptly fell asleep on the living room couch. I should sneak down to the studio while he's napping.

Anyway, here's what I got done:

In Case Of Emergency, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   



City Chic, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

It snowed last night, though we only got less than an inch. The wind is up today, sounding fierce as it blows through the treetops. It's a good day to stay inside and paint. I've got soup on the stove, the birds have been fed, and there's a new episode of "The Big Bang Theory" on tonight. Meanwhile, back to work while the cat sleeps...



Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Work

This is as much as I've gotten onto the new canvas so far. I'm so excited! There's a lot of tiny detail in the shop window and I'm not sure how to handle it yet, but it will all work out. Now I need to get a name for it!

Untitled, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Moving Right Along

I checked on those gessoed canvases a little while ago, and one of them is ready to be worked on, so that's pretty exciting. In the meantime, here's the update on the works in progress:

  Study After A Maid Asleep, (Johannes Vermeer), © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

I did some work on the napkins and the stacked plates on the right on the one below:

The Chair, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Next, a lot of small details, and some work on the sink on the right—

Protective Coloration, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

And some work on a couple of panels from the America series:



Jose, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view) 


Eddie and Jeff, America series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)






Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fun With Gesso

I finished stretching two new canvases today, and took the opportunity to prime them with gesso, prepping them for the first layer of paint.

Here's one; it's 22" x 32":


Not sure what's going on it yet.

Then, I worked on coordinating the blue areas on this one:


  Learned Pond, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

And one more for the day. I keep noodling around with the flesh tones, and it now appears I'll have to repaint the background, making it lighter in areas where it's the same value as some of the skin. Worked on the glass of cola on the right, as well.

The Chair, © 2017, work in progress (click on image for larger view)