Friday, July 29, 2022

Some More Work

 Over the last two days, I've also moved forward on these three pieces:

                                                               Profiteroles, © 2022, (click on image for larger view)                 

                                                              Rose Bouquet, © 2022, (click on image for larger view)                 

 I thought I'd try a darker background for the view outside the window, emphasizing the contrast between it and the lighter rose.

And this one. More on this in another posting.






Thursday, July 28, 2022

Rolling Along On The Vineyards

 If I can get these last two vineyard paintings done, I can approach some venue or other about a show.

I'm moving the table that was over on the left a little further in, after the foreground dries.

                                                                Cana Vineyards, © 2022, work in progress (click on image for larger view)                 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Sidewalks Of New York

 I spent almost the entire painting session today trying to make the sidewalk look convincing. It turns out each panel is a different color! There are light and dark greys, brownish greys, whitish areas, blue tones, smudgy areas and others that have a distinct lined pattern. I'm going to have to let it all dry and then come back with a few more coats. The only area that's actually working right now is the atmospheric shadow under the bench on the right.

                                                                  3:51, Mulberry Street, © 2022, (click on image for larger view)                

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

I Miss This Place

 Friends of ours used to live right around the corner from Le Diplomate, and we used to meet up there several times a year. Sadly, they moved away. I always found it to be a gold mine of images, and should probably find an excuse to dine there again soon.

                                                               Daily Bread, © 2022, work in progress (click on image for larger view)                  


Back After A Break

 I really needed some time off. Painting is like any other job in some ways; I treat it (or try to treat it) like an office job, five days a week. The pieces I've been doing over the last few months have all gotten to the point of tedium, but now it's time to pick up a brush and get serious again. The landscapes are a good way to get back into it, because they're looser, so here's today's start:

                                                                     Stone Tower Winery, work in progress, (click on image for larger view)                 

I added a little Alizarin to the clouds in an effort to keep the painting from being too greeny/yellow green overall.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

I Struggle With Roses

 Over the years I've seen extraordinary paintings of roses in vases; some artists know how to create the bulbous form of the blossoms with a slash of color here and there, sometimes done with a palette knife. But I can't seem to grasp it. Here is today's try:

                                                            Somerville Roses, © 2022, work in progress (click on image for larger view)  

Back To The Crows

I still have to refine the way the light hits the feathers, and clean up the sky a little. 

                                                                 Pine Trees in The Snow © work in progress (click on image for larger view)                

This Still Needs a Title

 I can't keep calling this, "Untitled Mulberry Street" forever. But I'm having trouble coming up with something appropriate. I kind of like "Madonna Of Mulberry Street," but I don't think most people would realize the dictionary meaning of madonna: A woman of subtle, spiritual beauty. 

 Anyway; I did adjust the color on the sweater and redrew the hands and the hip area. I think it's working so far.

                                                                Untitled Mulberry Street, © 2022, (click on image for larger view)