Thursday, December 13, 2018

I Know I'm Bad

I should finish something, anything, before starting another new painting. But this one is a personal piece that I need to hang alongside the others in the series. There's a blank spot on my wall where it needs to go. And there's no rush to finish it; I can just pick it up when everything else is too wet to work on.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2018 (click on image for larger view)

Too Wet To Work

I get excited about the beginnings of paintings and want to put as much information on the canvas as possible early on. But yesterday's washes are still either wet or sticky, so I'll just have to wait. This image has a magnificent sky, and the yellows created by the setting sun warm up the clouds and the landscape. If I can pull it off, it'll be a beautiful painting.

Farm At Dusk, © 2018 (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Shirt Tales

Most of this afternoon's work has been on the blouse, especially the left side sleeve. I've always marveled at the way the old masters painted such precise and beautiful folds in garments; a couple of years ago, I visited a show of work by students and contemporaries of Michelangelo, and it was a surprise to find out that the masters dipped the clothing in some sort of stiffener to preserve the folds for painting. I can't do that, but photography provides a useful means for doing the same thing. Now the trick is to very carefully observe the way light helps to model the fabric.

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

Something New

I sincerely hope that this one will go more quickly than the usual one year plus on most of my paintings.

Farm At Dusk, © 2018 (click on image for larger view)

Daniel

Establishing the shadow areas and working a bit on the facial planes this morning:

Daniel, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Late Afternoon Painting

Cheyenne, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

And one more:

Grace, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Swimming

Had to take some time off this afternoon to run a few errands, but I got some paint on this aluminum panel.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Two People

When I take the photos of the models for the America series, I never ask anyone to smile. I've been a little surprised to note that so many of them automatically do smile. Anyway, here's the work for today (so far).

Katie, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
Craig, America Series, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Blue Hair And Sheep

More work on the wigs; this time on the blue and purple haired mannequins. It does take multiple layers of paint to get the hair to look like hair.

Wigs And Shades, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And the start of a little R&R piece: a perfectly pleasant pastoral painting to include sheep. And puffy clouds on the horizon.
 
Sheep In The Meadow, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Not Liking The Skirt Pattern

Late last night I decided to put in some time on The Gauntlet, and I worked on the floral pattern on the skirt near the center of the painting. It's the same pattern as on the dress at right, but when I stood back and looked at it, the white spots really jumped out at me. I think they distract from the head of the striding young woman. I might paint them out.

Anyway, I did some more work on it just before breaking for breakfast.

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

Better

The words "No Entry" have been cleaned up, and I think they look more consistent and a little less like they've been drawn by hand. The lower case "e's" need a little more refinement, but I'm happy with the result so far.

InSecurity, oil on linen

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunset Colors

I always struggle with the bright colors of a sunset sky, and wonder if I should tone them down, but then the whole reason I get excited about doing a painting is because of the color.

L'Auberge Provencale, February, © 2018, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Somewhere West Of Denver

If you ever get the opportunity to take Amtrak's California Zephyr out of Chicago, do it! The scenery is so spectacular it can't adequately be described. Taking it (twice!) was one of the high points of my life, and I hope to get the chance to do it again sometime.

This is from one of those trips. I added some earth color in the gently sloping hills and some brushy plants in the foreground. It looks finished now.

Somewhere West Of Denver, © 2018 (click on image for larger view)