Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Break Time

 I'm taking some time off from the intense work I've been doing since December. There are still 12 unfinished works in the studio, so those will be at the top of the list, but I'm waiting to see what new thoughts and ideas inspire me. It's time to try a new direction, whether that means through technique or imagery.

Here's "Straight Ahead," finished and installed in the gallery.


                                                  Straight Ahead (click on image for larger view)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Delivered

 I'm still trying to calm down after all the tension of getting the work ready for the show. I brought it in to the gallery on Friday afternoon, and now have to prepare for the Saturday reception.

Here's a shot of the gallery. It's my understanding that with all the new Americans being delivered, the series is moving upstairs.


 

Sunday, May 5, 2024

The Last One

Of course, looking at this now I think I ought to darken the shadows on the face... But otherwise, here is Emily.

                                                    Emily (click on image for larger view)
 

Two More Down and One To Go

I begin to breathe a sigh of relief. 

                                                    The Garden Room (click on image for larger view)


                                                    Sai and Friend (click on image for larger view)
 
 
 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

At Long Last, Done!

When did I start this painting? Sometime in 2022? Anyway, I just put the finishing touches on it, cleaned up a few ragged strokes, and unless I see something critical in the next 48 hours, this is done.

                                                    Straight Ahead (click on image for larger view)
 

Friday, May 3, 2024

Another One Down

 Lakin is done!

                                                    Lakin (click on image for larger view)

Thursday, May 2, 2024

What's left to do?

  The Garden Room; Straight Ahead; Sai and Friend, Emily, and Lakin.

                                                    Plat Du Jour  (click on image for larger view)

Plat Du Jour is done, I think.

Worked on this in the a.m. but i need to put in some foliage shadows and finish the floor.

 

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


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

To The Finish Line!

 I cleaned up the building window lines in the upper right hand corner and made a few adjustments here and there. Have made a list of what remains to be done. It's a short list.

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

Emily's Dotted Dress

I painted some of the dress dots, but if I really want to make this look realistic, the dots in the deeper areas have to be done in a darker value than the ones that are getting all the light.

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

 

Completed!

 After many tries, I've finally gotten the man's face to be acceptable; it's clear that he's smiling but he doesn't look as grotesque as he did in earlier iterations. 

I also made some last-minute, major alterations to the white dress.

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Next

 More afternoon work:


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

 


Done! (I Think)

 Here's Elton! Of course, I still need to paint in the background, but that will have to wait until this dries.

                                                    Elton  (click on image for larger view)

 

Coming Down To The Wire

 There are some fuzzy vertical lines that I need to clean up, and I'm not sure about the area under the table. Also I want to put in some halos around the white spotlights when they dry. Otherwise; nearly done.

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

Monday, April 29, 2024

Lighting

I wanted to emphasize the light from the store window at the feet of the dancers. Not much left to do on this one!


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

 

Down To The Tiny Details

 

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

More Garden Room

 I feel like I'm working on this one every day now...

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

A Dad

I like this one, with the little daughter peeking out from behind her dad.


                                                    Sai and Friend, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Next

Another attempt to finish up by Friday. 

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

 

Cats

 You can get into the zone, and do some really good work; then there's that benign little tap on your leg. Benign, unless you ignore it. Then there may be a more, shall we say, assertive claim on your time? And so you end up screwing up the face you're working on, working quickly to avoid pain. This was so much better a few minutes ago, before I had to supply The Treats.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Late Day Painting

 Time is of the essence, and I have to pay attention to the America series folks too.

Geneva and Athena are finished! I just have to paint their white backgrounds.

                                                    Geneva  (click on image for larger view)

                                                    Athena  (click on image for larger view)

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

Lakin will be easy to complete; the ones I'm worried about are Sai, Elton, and Emily. All of those have a lot of small details.
 
 
 

 

I'll Get Back To This One Tomorrow

 There are many loose ends left on this, so I'll have to spend the rest of the week cleaning them up. And there is the problem of the floor.

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

Friday, April 26, 2024

Straight Ahead

 Had a studio visit from one of my main patrons today, and it was most welcome as I've been in a depressive funk lately and she loved everything she saw. So after she left, and a a quick, refreshing nap, I got back to work and had a productive afternoon.

Getting closer to the finish line:

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

The 16s

 Both of these are 16" square, and I made some good progress on them today.

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2024

One Down, 4 To Go

Late next week, I'm going to give all of these paintings one final pass to clean up any areas that need polishing.


                                                     Another 4th Street  (click on image for larger view)

What's left:

    The Garden Room

    Straight Ahead

    Plat Du Jour

    Dance All Night

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

On The Floor

 It's time to get that tile floor under control. I re-measured the ones in the foreground and clearly there's much more to do. But that's it for now, it's already early evening.

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

More To Do

 I keep finding areas that need more work! Will there be enough time?

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


Two

 ...are better than one. Morning work; just blocking in color.

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The End Is In Sight!

 I figure one or two more passes will do it; the details that I need to attend to are smaller and fewer between.

                                                     Another 4th Street, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Mistakes and Decisions

 Sometimes people wonder why it takes so long to finish a painting. A lot of time goes into putting down a stroke, or working into an area, only to find that the next day it looks like that was a mistake. Then you have to ruminate over how to correct it, let the paint dry, and then go back in and try again.

Such is the case with this one. Several areas that I thought I'd made progress on today now look all wrong to me.

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

Sai and Friend

 Moving forward; worked on the little girl, mostly.


                                                    Sai and Friend, work in progress (click on image for larger view)

Hanging Pendant Lights

 The hanging lights now have a visible means of support!

 

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

Also:

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