Wednesday, August 15, 2018

An Artist Friend Visits

One of my friends came over today to deliver some aluminum panels that he'd ordered for me, have lunch, and visit my studio. It's always helpful to have someone whose eye and advice you trust view your work and give you input. We had a good time talking shop and enjoying the subs he'd brought from an Italian deli.

After he left, I received a message from a company in New York that does art consulting with high end clients. Now, usually, I ditch requests like this one as soon as I see them in my inbox, because they're all scams. But this one appears to be legitimate. I'll continue to investigate, but if it's real, it's a nice opportunity to do some large landscapes.

This afternoon's work:

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Narrowing Things Down

A return trip to the gallery was useful; we discussed what I have available and what my gallery owner really wants to show. As a result, I can spend my time concentrating on 8 paintings instead of the 12-14 I had originally planned on doing.

Last night's work:

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Now I'm Not So Sure About The Water

There are a couple of areas which, under scrutiny, probably should be changed. That long, unbroken teal line on the left, for one. This afternoon I worked on the figure's skin but the garment needs some attention. I'd hoped this would be finished by now.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Meanwhile: bottles. Lots and lots of bottles.
 
Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

Hitting The Ground Running

No time to waste if I want to present a show of really good work. Two from this morning and early afternoon:

Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
There's a lot more color in the darker sections in the above painting; I had to shoot it with its back to the window in order to keep the glare down on the wet parts. But ultimately, those areas will go darker anyway. Once the mural is sketched in, it'll have more interest.

Last night I spent almost an hour looking back and forth from this piece to its reference photo. It needs a lot of adjustment here and there, but I have a better understanding of how the light and color work. Today I added some peach and blue tones to the mannequin just above the figure, and then tightened up the detail on the figure's coat.

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


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday Painting

So much left to do on this; I worked the left side in an effort to keep from smearing. Used a mahl stick as well.

The Gauntlet, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Here's a detail of the taller buildings in the background of the Brooklyn painting— I'm putting in some of the windows and trim:
 
When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn (detail), © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And the whole piece:
 
When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

After, And Before

Two views of a work in progress. The top one is where the painting is now, the lower one is at an earlier point when I thought it was hopeless. I've seen many an artist who can expertly handle the vivid colors of the sunrise/sunset skies, and just as many who use lurid color and fail. I think I'm in the latter category most of the time when I try to do one of these... but anyway, after a lot of intense observation and repainting, it looks halfway decent.




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



Morning Light, earlier version, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Today is Sunday, with nothing on the schedule. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

I Think The Water Is Finished

All that's left now is the figure.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Filling in the blanks on the newest piece: I always think I've mixed the right color, and then I put it on the canvas and it needs to be lighter or darker or bluer or whatever. So there will be a lot of adjustment in the coming weeks.

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


No Fooling Around

I had planned to catch up on some of the housework today (and I still might do some vacuuming during break time) but now the priority has to be getting these paintings done in time for the show. Last night i went back to The Chair, and worked, actually, on the chair itself (many many tiny rectangles of woven rattan) and the reflections on the table top.

The Chair, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Also redrew some lines on the Chrysler building painting. This morning I attacked the perspective lines that make up the floor tiles on:
 
Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Of course, under pressure one always makes mistakes and I made several. But it seemed like a good idea to push on with it instead of putting the painting aside. Now I'm about to start on Finding A Shell. There goes Saturday...
 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Try To Remain Calm

So, I took the paintings to the gallery, and unexpectedly, in the middle of a nice chat about vacations, my gallery owner asks "How many paintings have you got?" Well, this is an open-ended question, as I probably have about 200 here in the house, some of them dating from the 1970s. Turns out she has decided to have a show in late September and wants me to exhibit alongside an abstractist painter.

I have 12-13 paintings in progress right now, but can I have them ready by late September? I'm trying not to freak out, but this is a good opportunity.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Trip To The Hardware Store

Five paintings are going in to the local gallery tomorrow, and I needed to pick up some hanging hardware for three of them, plus run another errand. So that took up the morning. It always irks me when I have to leave the house and take time away from painting, but I did get a lot done earlier this week, so taking a break was not too guilt-inducing. Plus, I need to see other human beings in the real world now and then.

Got back, and did two things: lightened the wall again in For Rent, and concentrated on the gauge and handle in the fire extinguisher painting.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'm still not completely satisfied with the wall color. This is going to need yet another layer. Am also in the process of extending the elements on the right side, and taking out what was a wall but not really adding anything sensible to the narrative.
 
In Case Of Emergency, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
This is looking alright to me. Of course there's a lot left to do, but so far, so good. 
 
Must go and clean up some edges on the work going out tomorrow; hope I get a chance to  do some more painting tonight.
 

Inch By Inch

Last night I put in an hour or so on mostly the small left-of-center area. I do like the way this is coming along, and am excited about the prospect of painting some tiny trees in pockets here and there. Such is the life of an artist; looking forward to matching colors correctly and putting in minuscule details...

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Big Giant Hand and The Big Giant Building

Two large:

The Hand Of The Artist, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
All of the work I did on this was on the skin tones. I'm trying to soften the plane breaks and match the color more closely.

Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
It's hard to see what I did on this one today; mostly careful measuring and line drawing (with easy to remove pastel pencil), trying to get lines to be straight, in the proper place, etc. The use of a t-square is helpful. I still think the building itself looks too subdued.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Slogging Through The Tech Problems

You don't really want to hear about today's trials and tribulations regarding the outage. It's been fixed, though there are still little glitchy things happening here and there; I do have some images to post.

Last night's cat painting: I'm trying to get some warmth into the grey fur. And I realized the reason it's so calming to work on is that applying the brush strokes is like petting a real cat.

Grey Tuxedo Cat, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
This next one was photographed too dark on the left side. The likeness on the guy is not too bad.
Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Moving on, I did a lot of drawing this afternoon, and am beginning to apply more color to the scene.
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Here is a closer view of the action. I started to experiment with that combination of Thalo Green and Alizarin that I mentioned in an earlier post; so far, so good. You can see it in the darker areas.

Closing Up, detail, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

More of the Same

There's a service outage in my area, and power has been out since yesterday (hence the no TV) and isn't expected to be restored until 5:30 or so. Of course, first I heard "midnight" then "2:20 a.m." then "1:45" and now "5:30." So we shall see what we shall see.

I've worked on 3 paintings since my last posting, but can't upload the photos. Spent an hour this morning with a service representative who seemed to think it was a mere equipment failure, after claiming there was no service outage. We later found out there was. Annoying! Takes too much time away from painting.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Moving Along

Nothing seemed to go right today; the TV has been out all day and I've had numerous technology problems; the painting didn't go fabulously well, either, but I got some things done.

Making the water look realistic continues to be a challenge. I had thought it would be easy, but in order to make those swells and eddies I need to carefully measure out where the dividing lines are between clear water and foam. I had hoped to be finished with this one by now.

Finding A Shell, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Moved on to this painting, since I had most of the colors I needed for it already on my palette:
 
Three Women At The Corcoran, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'm going to have to put on a sweater and have somebody take a photo of me wearing it so I can finally get the sleeve right, on the left.
 
Then on to this little sunrise painting, using gel medium, painting medium, and a bunch of colors; practically everything on the color wheel except green. It's not looking too bad!

Morning Light, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I think I'll go back to the cat painting tonight (it always calms me down) or maybe Brooklyn.
 
 
 

Monday Morning Frustration

Experiencing some problems with our internet provider, but managed to get into Blogger anyway.

Trying to get as much of the first layer of paint on the panel:

Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
So far, this week looks relatively free of outside commitments, so I hope to get a lot accomplished.



Friday, August 3, 2018

Buttons And Background

Afternoon work:

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

Brooklyn, And This Looks More Like A Real Cat

I plug along on Brooklyn every few days, making incremental progress on small areas. There are a lot of straight lines, which need to be painted very slowly, and I'm trying to get the color and tonality right on the buildings. I'm having some trouble creating a believable brick color, for one. But here is last night's work:

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 Here's the latest on the recreational cat painting:

Grey Tuxedo Cat, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Thursday, August 2, 2018

2 Out Of 3

I've got to make dinner in a little while, but after that I hope to put in an hour or so on Brooklyn. Had coffee this morning with my painting compadre, and ran some errands after that, so I got to the easel fairly late in the day. The break was much appreciated, however, and my friend imparted some knowledge of painting technique that could prove to be very useful.

So here's what I worked on this afternoon:

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nope

After living with For Rent for a couple of days, I decided the bluish wall color was definitely wrong. It made the scene too subdued, almost depressing. So today I tried changing it back to a sort of mocha color, which is also wrong, but at least not as bad as the blue. I'll let it dry and try something similar but a little more cheerful next time.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Here's the scene in the middle of the repaint:
 

 


Also worked on some very small areas on this, below: 


Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Am feeling totally exhausted right now. Time for a break. A long break.




Right Now This Looks Like Chaos

I have to remember not to be seduced by the raised stroke produced by a loaded brush when working on the hair; in order to be photorealistic, the surface has to be smooth as glass.

Turned out the Permanent Carmine was a good match for the wig at upper right; I had been afraid I wouldn't be able to reproduce that violent crazy pink.

Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Late Evening Sunrise

Worked on this one late last night.

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