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)