Friday, November 15, 2019

Morning Work

I was trying to finesse the whipped cream area on the little treat at upper left yesterday but got sidetracked; got back to it today along with the one below it and some of the slate platter.

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019

More Bits

 Today I used a small T-square to straighten out the vertical lines on the right side that act as supports for the shelves of the light tower. Also worked a bit on the bar and those weird rock shapes below it.

Tuesday, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Then moved on to the Banana Cream Pie painting, which I'm worried is looking less realistic and more visually cluttered. Oddly, the greenish plate is a combination of Cadmium Yellow, Ivory Black, and Raw Sienna.
 

Banana Cream Pie, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Three For This Morning

First: an attempt to make it more obvious that the young man is in an elliptical area of light water, then surrounded by darker water. I had to brush over some nice, undulating lines, but it was the only way to make the point. Meanwhile, the darkest paint is STILL not dry from the last session, making it hard to place lines where they need to go.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
On to the next one; sharpened up the vertical lines on the right side.
 

The Gauntlet, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And; more work on the face and hands:
 
Cheyenne, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Poor Daniel

There have been constant distractions today. The heating system is being replaced, so guys are going in and out of the house every two or three minutes (this is not an exaggeration). Phone solicitors are calling. And what really bugs me is when someone wanders into the studio and offers advice on what he thinks I'm doing wrong. This has the effect of making me irritated and then I start making truly bad mistakes; mostly errors in judgment about color and value. I'll just pick up something with my brush that's kind of what's needed in a certain spot, but then the value turns out to be wrong and I get even more frustrated.

Poor Daniel— as a result of my misery— now looks ten years older and very unhappy.

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

Quilting, and the Christmas Painting

I darkened the quilting on the lower right side below, but need to add some of the tiny floral print that goes on it. That will wait until next time.

The Promise Of Evening, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 
Worked solely on the blue sweater girl.

A Quiet Evening In Cambridge, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Two Desserts

I figure if I keep hacking away at the dessert series I'll finish something, sooner or later. At any rate, they all look pretty good to me right now; it's just a matter of keeping at it.

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

A Few Changes

The trees just looked naked to me, so I brushed in some paint to indicate tiny branches and perhaps leftover leaves. Also worked on the front of the building.

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

Friday, November 8, 2019

More Redrawing

I badgered a friend into posing for me in the same pose as the guy front and center in this painting; even just the scratchy, sketchy work I did on it today looks better than the original. Maybe I should get people to pose for all of the most visible customers in the shop!

A Quiet Evening In Cambridge, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Done, Re-Done, And Almost Done

I actually finished the Katie piece from the America series a little while ago. I think. Maybe the upper eyelids need a bit more definition? But for now I'm calling it done.

Katie, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Yesterday I went back to this next one; it's been bothering me for quite a while, as I thought the shadow of the rose on the wall should be stronger.
 
The Last Rose Of Summer, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And I've just about had it with this one; there are a couple more places that need work but I'm ready to be FINISHED. Next week?

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

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bits, Here And There

Multiple interruptions this morning, and the pressure of a dentist appointment this afternoon; worked on small areas here and there.

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

Île Flottante

Did some redrawing on the dish, which was rather distorted on the left side. I like the subtle colors in this one; pale aqua and blue, pink, peach and green.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Night Work

Feeling guilty about not painting yesterday, and trying to keep to my 3-works-a-day plan. Spoon needs work, but this one is also coming down to the wire.

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

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

I can see my way to finally finishing this; the skin on the boy's back needs to be a bit lighter on the large, flat areas, and I need to make the light spot he's swimming in more obvious. But— maybe 5 more sessions?

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

Moving Across The Picture Plane

Because I'm right handed, it's best to work from left to right, rather than the other way around (which is the way I tend to work), so I'm trying hard to stick with that direction. Most of what I did this morning was the grout between the tiles, trying to get the shade right. It's all done freehand, and it looks it right now, so I'll have to tame those lines as I go along. But it seems to e shaping up.

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



Monday, November 4, 2019

The Drizzle

Slow going today, but I finally put the drizzle of chocolate on the plate.

Six Layer Indulgence, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

I Will Prevail (Over The Sprinkles)

Monday morning in the studio, and I attack the sprinkles. Surprisingly, it goes well. There is more to do but I'm stopping for a while on this one.

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


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Things Get Tedious Again

No wonder I needed an extended break from painting recently; look at how crazy the detail is on the chocolate mousse painting. What was I thinking? When the waiter puts the dessert down in front of me, I'm so delighted by the beauty of the thing that I don't have the sense to ask myself, "Do I really want to paint a couple hundred chocolate sprinkles?"

These two are side by side on the easel because they utilize a similar palette. But I'm taking a break now.

Chocolate Mousse,  and Six Layer Indulgence, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

The Swimmer

Back to work on this; mostly highlights and darkest darks.

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


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Meanwhile...

I went back to this one. It is a real struggle, and I don't know if I'll ever finish it.

A Quiet Evening In Cambridge, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

And I used a t-square to check the vertical lines on the right side of this one this morning; despite my having measured them carefully the other day and painting them exactly an inch+ from the right side edge, they are still  NOT vertical. Which means the corner is not square. Dangit; I'll have to take it apart and re-stretch again at some point. BTW, the distortion from the camera lens only adds to the perception of it being wonky.

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

13 Out Of 13

 In the last four or five weeks, I've worked on every one of the dessert paintings at least once. This morning I tackled the Crème Brûlée, finding a nice way to get that shadow-on-white color by mixing the new tube of Raw Umber (green shade) with Cobalt Blue and Titanium White. I've been thinking the series should stop at 15 paintings, but maybe 13 is enough?

There's a nice blue haze coming from the window on the left side of the reference photo, and I really need to include it though I'm not sure how to achieve that faint veil of blue over the table surface. That will be a problem for another day. The blue light accounts for the blueness on the plate and the actual sky reflection in the spoon.

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Resurrecting An Oldie

I put this one away months ago because I couldn't handle the skin tones. I was working from a less-than-perfect grab shot, and a couple of the figures were either poorly lit or somewhat obscured. Since the portrait workshop, I've been pulling out from the stack some paintings that I'd abandoned or stopped working on; now I'm approaching them with (hopefully) a better sense of how to proceed.

I tentatively reworked a few of the faces here, though there's till more to do. Looks like the young woman on the left needs darker shadows, for example.

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

Sharpening Up Some Small Areas

Have been trying to make some places a little easier to read, mostly in the upper part of the group.

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

Darker

After cleaning up the window frames— making them lighter in spots and darker in others; carefully blending, etc.— I moved on to the face, making it darker and more dramatic.

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

A Little Work On The Face

...and some on the right side of the building, too. Wondering if the face should be lighter.

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

The Monday Morning Sundae

I'm finding both the structure and the color of the cone to be tricky. The color ranges from a golden tan to a pinkish beige, with lighter lines and darker shadows. And the ice cream and whipped cream are tricky as well, both leaning toward a yellowish grey. But here's this morning's work:

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sneaking In Some Saturday Work

Feeling guilty for having taken yesterday afternoon off, even though it included a trip to the art supply store. Worked mostly on the spoon, and added more incremental markings on the tablecloth to be used as guidelines for the tablecloth's texture.

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

Friday, October 25, 2019

Painting For Fun

Decided to take the day off from the tedious work, at least, and just put in an hour on this one. Instead of making it as precise as I'd originally planned, I'm cutting loose and making it splashy and brushy. If I could find the little palette knife I bought a few months ago, it would be even more adventurous.

Spring Flowers In A Blue Vase, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Moving Forward

Again; more pleased with the way the face is shaping up than at any time in the past. That workshop was worth every penny. Also sharpened up the blouse.

Tuesday, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And some dessert. Here I worked on the marbled table top and deepened and evened out the color of the dish.
 
Banana Cream Pie, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

This Looks More Like Him

The face is still going to need one more pass to soften the transitions, and the eye on the viewer left is too far over; still, progress.

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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Three For Today

First, reworking the skin tones on Katie. This is one of several pieces that I'd hoped I could improve post-workshop, and so far that has held true. Messed up the mouth at the last minute; will redo it next sitting, but at least I know when to quit.

Katie, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Next, tackled the faces and arms/hands of the two women in this one:
 
Selfies, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
...but there are so many areas in it that need work.
 
Finally: the luscious
 

Île Flottante, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
 Must redraw that bowl...


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Russian Bots

What do they want? I doubt I really had 114 fans in Russia looking at my blog today.

This Looks More Like Her

Mostly I worked on the hair this morning, but then I did a little more detail on the face, and I'm happier with the way it looks— especially the mouth. Stopping for now before I ruin it!

Cheyenne, America Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
And yesterday's successful session on this one made me want to go back to it to add some highlights on the water spots, and add a little detail to the lower spoon:
 
Two Spoons, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Water Ring

I've been kind of ambivalent about whether or not to include the water ring on the table at upper left; it looks like a lot of work. But I've decided to go ahead with it. Watch it develop over the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, I also worked on the spoon and some of the fudge sauce.

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

In The Mood For Dessert

It's high time I moved these little dessert paintings along; this one will feature a lacy paper doily and chocolate sprinkles... eventually...

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

Upping The Contrast

It looks like I haven't worked on this since August. Sometimes a painting gets to a very tedious place, and I just don't want to go there, or I don't have the necessary patience that day to do the hard work. But today I decided to amp up the contrast on the casing, which has been getting kind of banged around in recent months. The lower left corner is darker than it appears here, because there's some glare on the wet paint.

In Case Of Emergency,  © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Also: I put another layer of paint on the marbled tabletop surface below, and lightened the center of the dish.
 

Six Layer Indulgence, Guilty Pleasures Series, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Not Liking The Shingles

The shingles on the window gable are just too harsh; next time around I'll have to brush over them a bit.
Meanwhile, trying to get a sense of the atmosphere, and the purple-y light.

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

It Feels Good To Be Painting Again

Over the last several weeks, when there have been breaks in my painting schedule, I've toyed with the idea of just taking an extended sabbatical. I seemed to have run out of steam, and nothing in the studio looked appealing to work on. But over the past few days, I've felt more like it. I look at a piece and think, "Oh, I know what this needs!" and I mix up the paint and go at it. So all is well.

Here are the two I worked on this morning; of course, life has a way of throwing a monkey wrench into my good intentions, and I have to take the afternoon off to pick up any unsold paintings at a show in the country. So this might be it for today.

Coming Of Age In The Year 2018, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Again, the advice from the recent workshop has served well on the skin tones on the back. It's finally coming together.
 
And:
 
The Promise Of Evening, © 2019, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 
Back to this one after an extended hiatus. Did a little work on the chin and experimented with light and shadow on the window frames.