Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Messing Things Up

I stepped away from this one for a short break, and when I came back I noticed that I'd smeared some of the whitish paint onto a red area. So I washed over it with a little Gamsol— but it turned out to be too much, and it ran down the panel. Wiping it just made it worse. Eventually I just gave up; when it dries I'll go back and repaint.

Meanwhile, I worked hard on the shadows at lower left.

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

Women's World Cup Soccer

The soccer games are a nice distraction from the dearth of good news. I used to play soccer, so I feel like I'm down on the field sometimes when I watch the action. Right now England is dominating Japan, but Japan has a great goalie.

So. I finally dealt with the subtle change in value at the top area of this one:

The Gauntlet, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And also cleaned up some details here and there.
 
The surface of this one is great fun to work on, since it's kind of marble-y. I'm trying to get the color of the paper napkin right; it's somewhere between a grey and a brown.
 
Crème Brûlée, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And, more darkening of the sky. It's hard to get the color right of the post-sunset sky at the horizon.
 
Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Trying To Get Back In Gear

After taking the weekend off and then extending the break through Monday, I'm having a hard time getting motivated and buckling down to work. Again, the little dessert paintings feel more accessible than anything else, so I'm starting the week with three of them.

  Strawberry Shortcake, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
  Mocha Treat, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Now, the paper tablecloth on this next one has fine diagonal lines and some wrinkles. Its white surface reflects some of the ambient color in the restaurant. I had a ratty brush handy 9one I misused by allowing paint to dry in it) and it did a perfect job of creating the lined texture when dragged through the wet paint. Must remember to use that technique in the future.

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



Friday, June 14, 2019

Last Dessert

That's it for today, I think. The background on this one is much darker right now than it will be when it's done, but I needed to establish the shadowy areas to work up from.

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

...And Some Good News

Two of my paintings have been accepted into the Maryland Federation of Art's "MFA @ Gallery B" show in Bethesda!

Dessert Day

I still have one more painting to work on, but am taking a break for a couple of hours. It's been a reasonably productive day, though sometimes it felt like a hit-or-miss kind of operation, with wild strokes and not too much attention paid to smoothing things out or being careful about edges.

Here are today's desserts:

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

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


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

Thursday, June 13, 2019

And Some More Glazing

With each progressive layer of glaze, the night sky color intensifies. I want to have a subtle glow of sunset color at the bottom; that's why there's that line of peachy pink. Eventually I'll marry it to the blue. Then the real fun will begin.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Trying To Keep All The Balls In The Air

There are several pieces that I've put aside for a while. I haven't worked on this painting for a couple of months now, but it's time to pick up on it again. So this morning I did a lot of brushwork on those tiny branches in the background. I'm trying to get as much warm light into the trees as possible, and also sharpen up some of the details on the porch.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dissatisfaction Gets The Best Of Me

I'm determined to repaint parts of this painting that I've never felt happy with. This mostly includes the top third, the center back wall, and some of the reflections on the right. Today I darkened the upper left corner and added some misty glaze. Also worked the little poster image of the newsboy.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sweating The Details

It's hard to believe that the work I just did on this little face took 25 minutes. But it looks better than it has in the past, and yes, I have been sweating while trying to get the very tiny details exactly right. Time for a break.

Tuesday, detail, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tiny Type

Decided to face my fear of the little letters on the inspection label. So far, so good, though there will need to be a second session defining the edges of the letters painted this afternoon, and an extension of the label on the right side. And of course to finish the lettering not yet painted.

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

Morning Session: Red + Black

Not sure I didn't get carried away with the red this morning; let's see how it looks once it dries down.

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

Layers of Darkness

The two of these needed to go darker in places; the Variations one might need a little more brushing out as it dries. 

They fit my mood right now, going darker.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Strawberry Shortcake, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 
 

Choose One

Haven't worked on this one in a while. I like the way the meringue edges go from burnt black to brown.

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



The Swimmer

Still working on those skin tones.


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

Truth

Yep. I am tracing the tiny words on the pink inspection label. There's no other way to do this; if I rely on my eye/hand skills, I'm going to mess this up and it will take forever to fix my mistakes. I'll make mistakes anyway when painting these tiny words, but better to start from a place where I at least have an idea of the baselines and word spacing.

Taking a rest stop from this now; just the tracing part alone was exhausting.

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wood Grain

Working the wood grain on this one today.

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

Adding A Spoon

There was an empty area in this painting that was just begging for some sort of design element. I toyed with the idea of putting a highlight on the wooden table surface, but then it occurred to me that I could use a spoon from the same photo session. This is a good reminder to shoot lots of photos from different angles.

I found a suitable spoon, though the angle was incorrect; reversed the angle and cloned it in to the reference photo, then drew it in with a brush.

Hot Fudge Sundae I, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

The artist friend I was having lunch with when I took the photo for the painting below suggested I remove the spoon. "The spoon's the best part!" I said. Well, maybe not the *best,* but certainly the spoons are adding to the composition and bringing some interest; the one below reflects the greenhouse-type ceiling of the dining room we were in, complete with clouds and pigeons. The casual observer will miss these little details, but they're there for the discerning.

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

There is a tiny image of me holding the camera in one of the spoons. I'm not that enamored of my own image, but I think it adds a little humor to the piece.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Trying to Mend

One of the minor side issues related to yesterday's traumatic experiences was that the plantar fasciitis in my left foot became markedly worse, so I've spent the day trying to stay off my feet. But I feel useless and non-productive. Watching the news and working on genealogy have both proved to be profoundly depressing, so tonight I turned to the dessert series.

I probably should have worked on finishing some of the earlier panels, but wanted to start developing these two. The Jerry's Artarama order arrived two days ago and now I've got all but one panel to complete the set.

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


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




Thursday, June 6, 2019

Trauma

It's been a horrible day; I'm trying to deal with the yin and yang of life.This is what I've worked on  to try to keep myself sane.

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

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

This Looks Better On The Easel

After a session of work on a painting, I'm usually encouraged by whatever progress I've made. Then I photograph the work and upload it to my blog, where it looks PERFECTLY AWFUL.

Last one for the day:

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

Fear Is A Great Motivator

On top of the need to produce! for Artomatic, I'm expecting a studio visit from one of my galleries later in the summer. So I need to not only move the dessert series along, I've also got to make sure the house is clean!

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

I'd Better Get In Gear

If Artomatic 2019 does come to pass, I'd better be ready for it, and lately I've slacked off on the paintings I want to show there in favor of working on the delicious little desserts. This painting, and Selfies, Coming of Age In The Year 2018, In Case Of Emergency, Tuesday, and The Gauntlet, all need hours and hours of work. I haven't touched this one since May 6th, but maybe that's a good thing since I made real progress with the green tiles today after a much-needed break from it.

There's glare from the studio window on the upper left.

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


Darker Skies

Spent the better part of an hour graduating the sky color, trying to transition to something darker.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Comfort Zone

These dessert pieces are definitely easy to paint; I feel like I know what I'm doing for a change.

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

Hot Fudge Sundae II, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


More Dessert Is On The Way

Jerry's Artarama emailed me to say that the six new panels that I ordered for this series is in transit.  I figure the series will max out at 15; that seems like a good number. There are 9 already in progress, so I guess I'm halfway through the early stages, at least. Now to visit a few more restaurants!

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

I love the way this brand of panel works with the paint to effortlessly create the illusion of wood grain.

Tuesday, On Tuesday

Worked a bit on the guy's chair and the two faces. Very slow painting. I need to go back in on her face to do details after the paint dries.

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

It's A Wash

Actually, it is a wash; I floated some Ultramarine Blue over the rock wall and some of the dark area inside the archway. I'm trying to get a moodier feeling. I still want to both darken the sky and lighten the part of it that's close to the horizon.

Variations On A Theme #5, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Monday, June 3, 2019

A Detail

When I look at the photo I took of this painting after working on it this afternoon, the figure looks dreadful— but in close-up view she looks fine. So for now I'm just publishing the close-up of the face, which is all I painted anyway.

The Promise Of Evening, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Back At It Again

I do think this is better. Will set it aside for a while and take another look.

Sky Series, B-26, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

A Repaint of B-26

Not sure this is much of an improvement; I certainly have to work on the darker clouds and the area where the sun begins to break through.

Before:

Sky Series, B-26 (click on image for larger view)

After:
Sky Series, B-26, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)



That Slippery First Coat Of Paint

Usually I'm flummoxed by the way the first layer of paint slides around on the smooth surface of the board; today I'm enjoying it and playing along. I know the next layer will do what I need it to do.

My aim on most painting days is to work on 3 paintings; here are two, and it's still before 10 a.m. Hopefully after I take a break to do some weeding and mulching I'll get back to being on a roll.

Hot Fudge Sundae I, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Strawberry Shortcake

I needed some color for the dessert series, and will be working on this one today.

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

Friday, May 31, 2019

Less Of A Mess

Back on the 23rd, this was just a blotchy mess, and it still needs work. But it's starting to come together; I'm just feeling fatigued and want to go on to something else. It's a beautiful day and the weeds are growing apace in the garden; might take a break to work on that.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Darkening The Corners

The concept behind this painting is that the young man is in a spot of light, with dark corners surrounding him. So today I mixed up some indigo and a few other dark blues and went at it. I'm painting each stroke with the greatest of care, trying to keep their edges clean and not hairy looking; aiming always for a sense of fluidity.
Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'll have to make the central portion significantly lighter.

Went back to this; people say that you don't have to be so specific about every little detail because the eye will fill in... but I don't see that working here. Plus, I went too dark on those clouds.
 
Sky Series, B-21, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A Plethora Of Paintings

I have been working here and there on small areas lately; just haven't been posting.

Closing Up, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Maybe this one is done now.  You probably don't see much of a change in the red lanterns, but after several layers of red, orange, and yellow paint, I'm satisfied now.

Next:

Tuesday, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I did a lot of work on the left side, adjusting the color and shading of the walls. Also the chairs below the bar on the left.

Pot de Creme, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Played with the color of the paper tablecloth and the saucer. Also deepened some areas on the chocolate.

Mocha Treat, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
I'm starting the wood grain on this.
 
Selfies, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Trying to guess at what may have been behind the central horizontal bar that I removed is challenging; I worked the right side and added some deeper blacks in shadowy places. Also attempted to coordinate the light and shadow areas on the purple sweater.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Catastrophe! A metal rod scratched the paint off in the upper left-hand corner; on closer inspection, it only took off the paint and did not gouge the aluminum surface. This means: I can scrape the paint off if I like! So I have much more freedom to apply the paint and ten remove it where I need to! Catastrophe turns into useful knowledge.