Friday, June 22, 2018

Two Hours On The Big Giant Hand

Haven't touched this one in a while, figured it was time to get back to it. Started refining detail and edges on the left side and worked across to do some blending on the hand itself.

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

Here And There On The Evening Star

I had pretty much come to a grinding halt on this painting. There's SO much work left to do on it, but I'm burned out. I did force myself to deal with a lot of the nitty-gritty details last night, things like straightening edges, painting faces on the customers in the right side window, the brackets that hold up the shelves on the wall, adding glasses on the tables, and painting a tiny little "Don't Walk" hand reflection on the window. It's not so bad once I get started, the problem is just getting started.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

For Rent, And The Big Repaint

It was time to darken the windows in the building down the street from the café, so I did that and added a little of the trim above and below each of them. Also worked in a few places here and there; the girl's hair and scarf, the cup and water bottle on the table, darkening some of the guy's skin tones.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Also moved on to the repaint of Three Women. I've probably mentioned that the figure on the left has always been a problem, but it does feel like I'm finally going to get a handle on it. I'm also trying to decide whether to try to match the wall color or darken it (and the cast shadows from the sculpture).

Three Women At The Corcoran, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Diversion

I like to work on the commercial cats project when I feel like painting, but don't want to do the (usually) tedious stuff. Here is a "before" and "after." This particular painting was just so horrible I've been avoiding it for months.
Tuxedo Cat, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuxedo Cat, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Still needs a LOT of work.

Labels

Worked mostly on the upper and lower labels on the fire extinguisher this morning; also a few places up toward the top where the gauge is.

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

Last Night's Work

Put in an hour or two on this one. The figure in the bar window is developing nicely.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Exhausted

I've spent the last several days in front of the TV, following the news about the inhumane and disgusting policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. I've written to a number of Republican legislators and the RNC, and apparently so have a lot of other Americans who have a conscience. Hopefully, things will change soon as the president has given in to criticism and has just signed an executive order.

In the meantime, it's been hard to concentrate on thinking about art. It takes time to get one's thoughts together. In my case, the thinking about art has to be sustained and linear, if you can follow that. Distractions break the train of thought, whether you're trying to think about a color palette or a new series of images. I finally got back to the easel after a week of no painting, and yet the distractions continue.

Here's today's work:

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
The work on Selfies was mostly in the upper left-hand corner and the left side. I think it's going well.
 
Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I keep going back and forth over the shallow water on this one; the way I'd originally relied on the natural taper of the brush really wasn't communicating the truth of the way the water looks— the openings in the foamy surface are more rounded than tapered. And some of the surface catches more light, while slightly deeper areas need to be a bit bluer to project the sense of moving water.
 
There's a fair amount of green and blue in the skin tones, too. Again, I'm satisfied with the progress. Taking a break now.
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cats

Had to go run some errands today and was too bushed when I got home to work on anything serious. The cats project appealed to me as the physical painting is loose and free, requiring little in the way of sustained line. Felt like I made good progress on the:

Brown Tabby, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Also on this one:

Marmalade Cat, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Though I think the symmetry is off a bit. Next time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Like A Turtle

"Slow and steady wins the race," is the way the fable of the tortoise and the hare goes. Well, I my not win any races, but I am progressing, bit by bit, on this painting of a wall of green tiles. It's not the only thing I worked on today, but the other two paintings aren't ready to be written about yet.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Working A Second One In

This is going— as they say— slow as molasses, but at least it's moving forward. Worked, again, on the right side of the canvas, but minus the smearing and messiness that characterized this morning's work.

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

Can't Seem To Get In Gear

It's always hard to start the week, but today was worse than usual. After waking up late from a fretful, rainy night, I forced myself down to the studio and spent an hour and a half smearing paint around, finally giving up. The cat was no help, either; he kept snaking his way around my legs and meowing pitifully until I let him out in the fenced yard a couple of times. I did get a decent amount of work done on the right side of the canvas, though.

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Of Cats And Redness

Doing the work on the commercial cats project is like being on vacation. While I take the painting seriously— what's the correct color for this area? How fine do I want the brush strokes to be?— there's a certain freedom about it all.

Here is what I worked on so far today:

Brown Tabby, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
While my own cat was taking a nap upstairs, I was able to sneak down to the dungeon studio and get a bit done on these two:
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)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Surprise In The Mailbox

HillRag, the community newspaper of the Capitol Hill area, is featuring my painting, "Navigating The Stones" on its cover this month:


And A Little Wait Time

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Seashore

Painting water is fun, because the brush naturally mimics the wavy patterns. And the strokes don't have to be precise.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Completed: Learned Pond

Learned Pond, © 2018 (click on image for larger view)
I'm not sure I like the ripples.