Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Hands

 Once I get the hands done— and they will take a couple of sessions— the rest of this piece should go easily.

                                                         I Don't Know How You Do It, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Some Decent Progress

 I've made the contrast stronger between the shady areas and the planes directly facing the light source, and it looks like an improvement. Did lots of careful line work on the architectural details, and added some directional lines on the sidewalk. 

                                                                        Dance All Night, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

The Fire Extinguisher

 I've made so many mistakes on this piece that I've practically given up, but I'm going to give it my best shot and see if I can get it done in time for Artomatic. The tiny text will be the biggest challenge, but I've got the color of the box frame figured out; it's a combination of ivory, titanium, and blue black.

                                                                      In Case Of Emergency, work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Forgot To Post This

Another from yesterday's session. I begin to see the finish line on this one. 

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

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Working

 Here's some more of today's output:

                                                                        Jinya, work in progress (click on image for larger view

 

                                                                        Bowery Graffiti Wall (Revok + Pose), work in progress (click on image for larger view


Is It Monday or Tuesday?

 Three day weekends really mess me up. I took time off yesterday to visit with friends, and now today I think it must be Monday. But I'm going to throw myself into the work, there's a lot that needs to be done.

                                                 The Green Room, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 


Monday, February 19, 2024

Inching Forward

 Two more:

                                                                        Night For Day, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

                                                                        Jinya, work in progress (click on image for larger view

On Jinya, I developed some detail way over on the neglected right side.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Not Much To Report

Made such a mess of IDKHYDI that I'm not even going to post an image. 

I did better on the face of the guy speaking in Plat Du Jour; I had found better reference material and worked from that.

Otherwise, nothing else was done.

                                                   Plat Du Jour, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Wall Shadows

 The lighting fixtures at the top of the wall are casting shadows on the mural. In order to create the illusion of reality, the cast shadows have to change to a deeper color of whatever hue they fall on; in other words, I can't use the same grey shade on red, blue, yellow areas of the mural; it has to be a deeper red shadow, deeper blue, etc. So that's taking a little time to do correctly.

But that's what makes it fun.

                                                     Bowery Graffiti Wall (Revok + Pose), work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, February 15, 2024

An All-Day-On-One-Piece Session

 Since everything's drying, I decided to spend today on the only piece that wasn't going to smear on me. Well, it's not quite three in the afternoon, so maybe I'll find something else to do; Night For Day and the graffiti wall have both been on hold for a while... but I worked many areas on the left side of the painting today, and it's starting to take shape.

                                                                        Jinya, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Fatigue Sets In

If I never see a brush after June, it will be too soon.

                                                                        I Don't Know How You Do It, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

I hear this title— "I don't know how you do it!"— all the time. 

Worked on the hand on the left today.

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

Note that the cylindrical container is wider now.

 

Getting The Drawing Right

 The face of the girl third from left really is the focal point of the painting, and i've struggled with it for many months now. I just haven't been able to get it right, re-draw after re-draw, but today it looks better. I'll wait for it to dry and then smooth out some of the transitions.

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

Adding A New Figure

The problem all along with this painting is that I had really poor reference for the woman at left; her mouth was open wide in a very unattractive way. So I am using this pose instead, and it's making all the difference. The guy at right still looks like a cartoon, though; I'll have to fix that.

                                                   Plat Du Jour, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A Little Self-Indulgence

 Some paintings, or at least parts of some paintings, are so much fun to paint that it's not like doing work. I've been wanting to finish the shoes for a long time, and today seemed like the day to at least lay the groundwork. 

Also painted the rug tassels and some more of the mirror frame.

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

Grumbling

 I set in right away on The Green Room, and IMMEDIATELY smeared the paint I had put on it yesterday. So I'm not including that one here on the daily blog.


Work on Dance All Night was only slightly more satisfactory; again, there was smearing on areas I'd worked on two days ago— I really need to wait a minimum of three days between sessions— but I did get enough done to justify posting the image.

                                                                        Dance All Night, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Then I moved on to the two latest Americans, Leah and Shawn. Not happy with either, but at least they're moving forward.

                                                              Leah (America Series), (click on image for larger view)
 
                                                              Shawn (America Series), (click on image for larger view)

Monday, February 12, 2024

Dark Days

 When the sun shines in February, the light is penetrating, almost blinding. Sometime I'm going to get around to doing a painting called "The Singular Light of February." But the past couple of days have been anything but sunny, and as much as I want to keep working, I've had to clean the brushes and turn off the light in the studio— I'm just messing up the skin tones on:

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

 Meanwhile: earlier and in a somewhat brighter situation, I worked on many small places on 

                                                  The Green Room, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 But that's it for today.

 

My Arm Will Be Sore Tomorrow

 This is a big piece, 38"wide by 54" inches high. I had to use bold, hard, vigorous strokes while painting this purple marathon today, and now I've got to let the paint dry and then go over it again. Mistakes were made, and some revision is necessary here and there. Also, I had hoped to re-draw the hands, but that will have to wait as well.

Still, the piece is moving forward.

                                                                        I Don't Know How You Do It, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Emergency

 Oh, it's been such a long, overworked road with this one, which I started in 2017. This makes the case for having fewer pieces in progress than more; I lost my notes along the way and got confused about which black and white pigments I was using and that resulted in a confused mess of warm and cool grey tones. I finally settled on Winsor & Newton's Blue Black and Gamblin's Radiant White. 

The idea is to install it in my Artomatic space and see if it fools anyone into thinking it's and actual fire extinguisher.

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


Dry Time, and A Much Needed Urn

 I've been letting things dry over the last couple of days. Today I had had enough of the stark blank walls on the left of this painting, so I went through my archives to find a photo of a garden urn. It takes up the space nicely and provides a necessary balance to the whole composition. I will fill it with flowers, too.

                                                                        Dance All Night, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Experimenting

 A few days ago I was exposed to an article about the virtues of Smalt Blue, and particularly its use as a glazing blue, so I bought some. It's a pretty color, and though it's not right for the garish sunset below, I'll try it in some other pieces.

I did break out the flat brushes, finally, and have been trying some different strokes and dabs on the sunset piece.


                                                    Sunset #1, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Making A Mess

It's amazing how long it takes for some colors to dry. I go to work on something and then end up smearing in an area that I painted 5 days ago. Today I tried to add the TGIF logo, only to find that none of the red paint on the awning was dry. Had to work on other areas instead.

                                                    Night For Day, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 

More Detail

Taking care of a few more places that need to be finished.

                                                                          Bowery Graffiti Wall (Revok + Pose), work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 


 

That Marble-ous Dress

 This one is a lot of fun to work on; the slippery paint oozes into and out of the tie-dye patterns on the silk dress.

                                                              Leah (America Series), (click on image for larger view)


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Scuffing Up The Ice

 I put in some time on the ice surface and the girl in the white puffer jacket. Still a long way to go.

                                                    Winter Skaters #5, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Legs, And Only Legs

 It was time to clean up the uneven edges of the legs, so I worked on thm for a half hour. And I'm still not happy with them. The way the light wraps around them is at once dramatically sharp and also soft-edged. Plus, the light is a lighter, bluer color on the skin.

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

 

Monday, February 5, 2024

And A Couple More

 The floor is still unresolved. And there are many small places that are going to need two or three different layers of paint.

                                                    The Green Room, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

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

Starting The Week

 Multiple intrusions and distractions are going to keep me away from painting this week, so I'm trying to do my best while I can. Here are three I've worked on today:

                                                                        Jinya, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
                                                                        Dance All Night, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
                                                                            Shawn, (America Series) work in progress (click on image for larger view)


Friday, February 2, 2024

It's A Good Day For Purple

 Between Shawn's violet pants and the pullover top on the woman in IDKHYDI, it's been a purple-y day. 

I keep experimenting with a combination of hues to get the exact color I want for the pullover but haven't got it quite right yet. I know I want to increase the contrast between the lighter and darker areas. And at 38"w x 54"h, this is a big one.

                                                   I Don't Know How You Do It, work in progress (click on image for larger view)
 



Someone New

I continue to work on the America series, adding new folks as I finish the old ones. Here is Shawn:

                                                              Shawn (America Series), (click on image for larger view)