Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Closing In On Closing Up

Made some strides on this one last night. Drying time is the big problem!

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

The one below is also very close to being finished. I have to paint in a couple of trees, refine the air conditioning units and the pipes, and do a little more to the trim on the brownstones.


When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
After a break, it's on to Selfies! Soon I will get my life back.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Weeklong Slog

So much work, so little time. Everything needs to be finished on Friday. Today:

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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Anticipation

I am excited about the prospect of doing two things on this painting: putting in the little lights that define the mood of the scene, and laying on that thin layer of varnish that's going to bring out the colors and give the whole painting depth. This is how boring my life is: I'm excited about a varnish layer, for crying out loud.

Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 I'm really pushing hard. I worked on all five paintings yesterday, and four of them today. The one below should be done by Friday. Well, they should ALL be done by Friday.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
This still has a lot of work to go: those black window frames take forever to dry, so that's been slowing me down. I keep smearing them.

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Did not remember to photograph For Rent while there was still daylight. Tomorrow.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Big Giant Hand Is Nearly Finished!

I have approximately 15 minutes' worth of work left to do on this.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Out Of Adrenaline

Yesterday I put in a decent amount of time on Closing Up, then went off to a birthday lunch celebration. The lunch was fun, and it was good to see friends and share some stories and laughs, but as it always is when I leave the house, I came home and just sank into a chair. It's been weeks since I took a nap; I've just been painting, painting, painting, all on adrenaline; but yesterday I fell asleep while watching the news and couldn't get into gear after that.

Today, though, I feel restored and recharged. The good news is that there's only about 3-4 hours left on everything except Selfies, which I estimate at 8, so it looks like it will all be done in time. And the hurricane is headed south, not north, so (despite the fact that I spent 40 bucks on a backup battery yesterday— or maybe because) a power outage is far less likely.


So far today:

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I decided to do just one "Bus Only" on the street. More than that would have looked too cluttered, and it did look too naked without any verbiage.

Yesterday:
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'm going to do some more on this one right now, so there will be an update soon.


 



Tuesday, September 11, 2018

More Brownstones

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Dead tired. I washed the brushes and put them down for the night.

Plugging Away, Bit By Bit

The latest work on four:

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Note the cars in the background, also some work on the shop fronts.
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Darkened the back wall and amped up the color on the hanging lights.
Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Late last night, standardized the window bars. Or, most of them, anyway.
Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Added more lights in the distance. Today I lightened the front of one of the buildings on the left, but didn't get a chance to photographed it.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Oops, Forgot To Post This One

Getting closer to finishing this one! Those brownstones are tough to get right, though, for some reason.

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


Trying To Be Smart About Layers

So if the storm knocks out power and cuts my working time by as much as two or three days, I have to make some good decisions about which areas to paint now, so they'll dry in time for the next color to be layered over them. Also: the really critical parts of Selfies are the black frames on the windows. The vertical ones are only a half inch wide, while the horizontals are thicker. I got a little sloppy when I first put them in, and now I have to go back and fix them.

I darkened— slightly— the white bag in the lower right hand corner.

Early this afternoon:

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Since I need strong daylight to determine whether a color is working correctly or not, I painted the road surface of the avenue. Now, in the actual real world, there are three places on the right side where the words "Bus Only" appear. I have to make a decision: paint them all in? Leave them out entirely? I think all three makes the right side look a little cluttered. I like it the way it is now, with no words at all, but is it too empty?

Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Approaching Storm

With things being as tight as they are regarding the upcoming deadline, I'm concerned about the impact of the hurricane that's on its way to the east coast. Trees will fall, the lights will go out, and I'll be unable to paint in the dark and without access to the reference photos for my paintings on the computer. So I'm going to try to do as much as possible before Thursday night.

Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon working on this piece, and yet there's very little to show for it. You might notice the fragments of the words "Cabernet" and "Malbec" on the right side, but everything else I did is less visible.

Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
In the evening, I darkened some areas on the painting below, most notably the mural on the right side, in an effort to make the hanging lights more prominent. 

Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And this morning I did a lot on the little Brooklyn painting:

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

Now, back to work.



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Good Morning

Looking at the work for the show this morning, I'm feeling a little more positive about the idea of getting it all finished in time. Here's last night's work:

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

More Leaps Forward

Much work on the tall buildings on the skyline, the church steeple, and a few other spots here and there. After a break, I'm going to get back to the trim on the brownstones.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And more of the far distant street and some building detail:
 
Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 



Friday, September 7, 2018

More Tonight

I'm planning to do more on this tonight, but wanted to get a photo of it before it gets dark.

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

Pushing Hard

I really wanted to see some progress today, so I concentrated on a couple of areas on the two below.

Here's the Chrysler building painting. I put in a few more cars and refined the ones already there, plus added some of the road surface and buildings around them. And that's the Empire State Building way off in the distance:

Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And on this, I put all of the effort into the left hand third of the picture:
 
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Seven More Hours To Finish This One?

That's what I figure. Drying time is necessary in between sessions, of course, so that stretches the finishing date off to two weeks from today. It's gonna be tight.

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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Tiny Windows Are Driving Me Nuts

Sixteen painting days left before I have to stop working and varnish the paintings, clean up their edges, wire them, and deliver them to the gallery! Today I concentrated on windows on the two pieces below, and I can tell you that using a fine pointed brush to make tiny rectangles and squares is no fun.

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

Dark Corners

More night work; I've never done so much painting after sunset in my entire life. Did the ceiling panels on the right side last night, and the mood of the piece is beginning to appear. What will really give it a sense of time and place will be the hanging lights in red and white; the red ones are already in place, but the tiny white ones will really make a difference.

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Today Is Not Yesterday, Thank God

You know how sometimes, every once in a while, you have a day that's just a total disaster from start to finish? Well, that was yesterday. I would have been better off staying in bed.

It began with a post from one of my Facebook friends about the slaughter of dozens of elephants in Botswana, which nauseates me, as it would any thinking human being. Didn't read the article; the headline and photo were enough. (Maybe it was the Trump kids?)

On to the dentist, where the anesthetic made me nearly pass out. I won't bore you with the rest of the day; suffice it to say it all went downhill from there. Today things seem to be back to normal. I did get some work done, but much more needs to be painted to make the deadline.

For Rent, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
On the above, I've finished (I think) the tablecloth, painted the windows of the building across the street, and added some wallboard trim near the floor on the left side.
Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Worked on the bottom center panel and some of the background of the restaurant. Penciled in the stripes on the girl's pants, need to paint them in now.
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Darkened the interior and worked on the mural, left side.

Monday, September 3, 2018

I Labor On Labor Day

No fun for me; it feels like I have a regular 9 to 5 job these days. Cannot wait for this to be over. On top of everything else, I've re-injured my wrist with all of the extra hours of painting.

Chrysler Building, Dusk, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Sunday

Yesterday (Sunday) I worked on three paintings. I vacillate these days between feeling confident that the work will all be done in time, and thinking I need to pull out of the show because there's no way these are going to be finished. This morning, feeling a bit on the positive side.

When I Woke Up I Was In Brooklyn, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Selfies, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Closing Up, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Today I'll get back to the Chrysler building painting. It should be dry enough now to be able to place some more taxicabs and street lights.
 
 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A Step Forward

All of the work I did today on this one was on the left side of the painting. Most of that area is now done; I need to put in some highlights and bring the hanging lights and mural into focus, but it doesn't need a lot more work.

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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday

No big news here; I just put in a couple of hours moving this painting forward.

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