Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Last But Not Least

 Time to put the brushes down and start the preparations for Turkey Day. I worked (again) on the face, trying to get a good likeness and feeling like it's looking better. Also worked on skin tones of various pedestrians. I am avoiding the extreme tedium that awaits in painting the window lines on the buildings.

                          Straight Ahead, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   


Wet Paint

 I wanted to do more work on the gelato and chocolate in the center of this very oversized, bumpy-edged plate, but now I've got the black background all wet. Will have to move on to something else.

                          Molten Chocolate With Gelato, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Last Painting For The Day

 Since Thursday will be a food feast, I'm trying to get as much done as possible, beforehand. Last one for today:

                          Still Untitled Museum Piece, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   


More Creme Brulee

 This one, like five others, is getting closer and closer to being done. I feel much more positive than I did yesterday morning.


                          Creme Brulee, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)    

Two More Attempts

 The solidly black area behind the man sitting at the right needs to be painted correctly; I have to figure out where the back of his chair is, exactly, and how to differentiate the color of his jacket from the chair. But I did make some progress.


                          Specials Of The Day, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)    

I rarely go back to work on something I've already posted, but it just seemed like a good idea to work on those green rings today instead of tomorrow:


                          Six Layer Indulgence, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)    


Delish

 I put the finishing touches on the cake today. All that's left now is two or three sessions on those green rings.

                         Six Layer Indulgence, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   


Some Glazing

 I've been disappointed with the fact that the shady areas of the water don't project its depth; floating a wash of turquoise over the duller greens is bringing them to life. I just hope I didn't overdo it.

I also decided to use a flatter brush and a more horizontal stroke on the tree foliage after looking at the work of a painting friend of mine. 

                          Resting Place, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   


Monday, November 22, 2021

A Good Afternoon

 So, as the day wore on, I did get back into the zone. Here are the four pieces from the rest of the day:


                          Merlot At The Madison, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

Not bad! I finally got the odd purple-blue color right. And the neck of the bottle is more visible.


                          Profiteroles, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)    

I don't know why I love this painting so much, but I do.

 


                          A Quiet Evening In Cambridge, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

 As with the Merlot piece, I finally got the bluish sweater to work. How many times have I painted it in the past? At least twenty? But now I like it and I think the light on the shoulder works well.

Last but not least, fun with the pinpoints of light on the sputnik globes. I'll get back to this tomorrow.


                          Tuesday, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

 

Repair Job

Back when I was anxiously preparing for the art festival, I made a mistake with the satin varnish: I didn't shake the bottle before applying a layer to this painting, and when the varnish dried, it left white patches here and there. I was able to clean off most of them, but some tiny particles settled into some deeper spots in the canvas. So today I repainted, trying to match the colors as closely as possible, because it's a pretty decent painting overall, and I didn't want to ruin the subtlety of the color changes.

                        Sky Series B-8, Dancers, © 1993, (click on image for larger view)  

Moving On

 After a short break, I thought I'd try to change a few things in the rug. The rug is proving to be a lot of trouble, a real stumbling block in the way of making any real progress on this piece. I've decided to stare at it for a few days and come up with a better solution; most likely, a different pattern.


                          Baby Needs Shoes, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

Concentration

 I've really been struggling lately with painting; most of the time I just don't feel like doing it. Sometime after noon today I did pick up a brush and start slowly on the only thing that interested me: getting the door finished. It's not, of course, but it might be the next ime I work on it or the time after that.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to concentrate on finishing 6 or 7 pieces by the year's end.

                          Variations On A Theme 2a, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

I Like The Profiteroles

 Here's today's work. I do like the way the profiteroles look, and they're fun to paint.

                          Profiteroles, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)   

 


Still Untitled Museum Piece, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)    

 


                          Six Layer Indulgence, © 2021, work in progress (click on image for larger view)