Friday, August 16, 2019

Time To Stop

I look forward to a weekend free of painting. Tried to paint the hose back in on the fire extinguisher, after I'd overbrushed the edges when I adjusted the background; not a disaster, but it is time to stop.

In Case Of Emergency,  © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Minor Adjustment

The upper right side corner always looks off square to me when I take a photo of this painting; I checked it with a T-square, and while my camera lens is partly responsible for the distortion, the corner actually was off square. So I peeled the canvas back, knocked the stretcher bars into place, and stapled the linen back again. It looks better now. I might get back to painting it after a break.

The Gauntlet,  © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Hot Color

I'm getting carried away with the glowing oranges of the sunset and am afraid I've gone too far with the shutters. Perhaps it's time to stop.

L'Auberge Provençale, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Finished?

I'll put this one aside for a few days and then take another look at it, but I think it's done.

Sky Series, B-2, © 2019 (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Many Straight LInes

What I don't like about the architectural stuff is the need to draw absolutely straight lines. Despite my 2-cup-a-day coffee habit, my hand is very steady; however, the slightest bit of drag on the brush can create a wonky line, and then I have to make it wider to fix it.

My cat loathes the fact that I paint. He shows up and demands that I leave the studio, and then he's happy when I do. He doesn't seem to want anything; just to get me away from the easel. This is how far I got tonight on this one (mostly the area behind the waitress and a few things on the bar in front of her):

Tuesday, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
And this is my sad little friend:





Filling In The Blanks

This stage of things is a bit like paint-by-numbers; the base coat has to be applied before I can get down to seriously building form.

Grace, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Working The Bar

Had every intention of doing some more tiles, but got waylaid by the hanging glasses and then the rest of the bar.

Waiting At Le Diplomate, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Buckling Down

I did actually manage to get some decent work done despite the car activity. Have worked on all 12 of the dessert pieces in the last two weeks, so I'm feeling virtuous about that. Time to get back to some other pieces, though.

 Pot de Crème, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
  Cherry Cobbler, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
  Vaiations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

The Tale of The Flat Tire

Went out late this morning to run a quick, simple errand; upon leaving the parking lot, discovered I had a flat front tire. Luckily, I was only a block from a tire store. Somehow, the one flat quickly morphed into the need to replace all four tires, to the tune of $860 bucks. I'm back home now, waiting for the call to pick up the car, but this has put a serious dent in my work hours for the day. I'll try to make it up later in the day, but for now, here is the start of Île Flottante.

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Last One For The Day



Crème Brûlée, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

More Dessert

Worked on the crispy rolled cookie in the center, and the little dessert just up and to the right of it.

Choose One, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Watery Morning

It's been raining here, which is a good thing. I'm tired of having to water everything daily. The TV has been on in the studio and I listened to a show about how to plant native plants that help the butterfly population. We already have  butterfly bushes and Joe Pye Weed, but is Joe Pye the same as milkweed? If not, I'll have to find some.

Worked on the water, below, trying to delineate the difference between the light and dark areas. Will have to let it dry for a week before I can pick up on it again, so I tried to get as much done as possible.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Whipped Cream

True photorealists don't allow raised brushstrokes on their paining surfaces; the strokes detract from the illusion of reality. I happen to love whipped cream, and thinking about its fluffy texture when I'm painting it tricks me into making thick strokes of paint to mimic the airiness. So despite my original intentions to make these little dessert works hyperreal, I bow instead to the gods of expressionism.

Banana Cream Pie, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Hot Fudge Sundae I, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Six Layer Indulgence, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)