Sunday, December 4, 2016

December 2016

December 2016 __ Amended 

There's only few days left in the month and the work didn't go according to plan.  Therefore an update is needed:

The new website is almost ready to go live.  Check it out HERE  

Time is being spent on figure painting exercises BEFORE  starting the larger, full scale Norma Project.

Both figures are 8x10", oil on gessoed linen, using a Zorn palette.
Two work sessions on these girls.  My preference is women in clothing as the naked body is strict taskmaster when you pick up a brush.


I was able to procure a model for an extremely reasonable fee and now the journey begins.
The "Norma Project" is still in the smaller painted study phase.  I'm confident some good work can come of this project.

Two works are still in progress; one being the "Daydreaming Girl", 16x20 oil on linen.
First pass is complete and was a lengthy process due to the large amount of detail.  I'm trying this on because of remark by an acquaintance who mentioned my lack of models looking straight on, implying my reluctance to tackle same.  We'll see how it goes.

I started the "Dancing Girl" about 4 weeks ago and just finished the fourth session working skin tones and another application of Manganese to the dress.  The hair will need some additional work but I have a pretty good idea of the direction to pursue.  I'm very fortunate to have my mentor, Adriano Farinella critique my work on a regular basis.  He keeps me from drifting to evil blending gods and quitting a work too soon.

In case there are no add-ons before the January 2017 newsletter; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November, 2016 Update

I was productive on more than a few fronts heading into fall:
I completed the Umbrella Girl and listed her for sale on Etsy.  Check her out.  Better yet, give her a home.

I've finished 'Umbrella Girl II' which is more of a seascape than a model painting.  I was taken by the umbrella and just had to paint it..  I'm using Venetian Red which is one of my favorite colors ever.  It's not a sissy red, it's strong and doesn't take prisoners so I have to be cautious and not allow the red to take over everything.
And, as aside, "Umbrella Girl II" is sold.

I also finished the 'Orange Picker' study.  I really like everything about this painting and am pretty sure I'll paint a 16x20 linen this winter.  I'm especially pleased with my progress dealing with skin tones.  The work is starting to bear fruit (pun intended).
I'm almost finished painting "The Dancer"; oil on Arches Paper and is about 17x22".  I'm using one of my newest favorite colors, Manganese Blue.  Strong, but I find it's not to hard to control.

I have two more feminine works in progress but I think they'd be better served to show in the December entry.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Unfinished Business


Finally finished a 16x20" figure painting for my brother.  It's been a two year journey but she's going to go live in someone else's house.

 Additionally, I started a profile of Capt. America with it selling on Facebook within 24hrs  WoW!

Completed a quick 9x12" study of a "Lady in the Doorway" for a possible larger painting.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Producing a Body of Work


A phrase I heard once keeps rolling around in my head: "Produce a body of work".  I'm trying; I'm really trying.  The good news is I'm getting closer to the type of work I consistently enjoy, namely attractive clothed women.  Now, I have to develop my own style of painting these subjects.  Closer than a year ago, but not there yet.

Below are some works in progress to add to "the body".  Thanks for looking.

Additional work on the Umbrella Girl and the completion of the Hemming Girl made for a productive wok week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Keeping Things Simple


Since attending the Long Island workshop in July, I've been trying to present my work in a more simple fashion.  Size, media and subject matter have been put together to make it easier for the viewer to understand the finished product.  It's also been easier for me to complete a work the same day it was conceived and started.
 My current work has been entirely 8x10" allowing multiple work on one sheet of Arches oil paper, Strathmore charcoal paper and newsprint.  All of these pieces were completed in less than three hours.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Premier Coup / First Strike

Since returning from a three day workshop espousing the merits of Premier Coup, I've been trying to follow the advice provided by Duane Keiser, i.e.:
"Premier coup painting refers to a method by which the artist applies each stroke of paint to the canvas with the intention of letting it stand in the picture as part of the final statement. There is to be no retouching or overpainting after the first layer of paint has dried."
I've been holding to the general principles but I feel I'm still too fussy.  I continue to hold back and not allow the spontaneity of the moment to take over.  I'm better than before but I have to work at. 

As a respite from the oil painting, I've returned to charcoal and chalk.  The spontaneity is there with the charcoal; I find I'm more bold.
An interesting sidelight; my meager followers are taken with the charcoal work, which I find easier to set up, implement and clean up.  The downside is the difficulty or hassle saving charcoal work for display.

If you have an opinion, I'd like to read it.  Thanks

Monday, July 25, 2016

Long Island (continued)


I neglected to add a few paintings from the Duane Keiser workshop and one painting done since the workshop incorporating his best I could.  Certainly not even close to Duane's work, but you get the idea.

From 7/21/16 workshop participation, Greenport, LI

An initial "Premier Coup" attempt.  Total time spent 1.5hrs from a bird bath in my backyard.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Few Days on Long Island


I've recently returned from a three day workshop run by Duane Keiser in Greenport, LI.  I learned a lot, met some wonderful people and spent a good deal of time painting.  Except for having to transverse the Long Island Expressway it was a perfect week.

If you're a painter and you want to up your game a bit and explore what's possible for you and your art; take a Duane Keiser workshop.  Ok, unpaid testimonial complete; now to the evidence:

The first exercise involved painting the same still life over and over in 30 seconds.  Paint, wipe it off and do it again.  Finally, Duane gave us 10 minutes to do the still life and the results are above.  Not bad for 10 minutes if I do say so..

The second day included a slightly more complex still life.  Emphasis on color and how those colors relate to one another.  You could have heard a pin drop the afternoon the limited class worked on their pieces.  I enjoyed the work immensely.  More details next time.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

After the Layoff


Completed the fourth dog of 2016 and I think he's the most handsome.   He's titled: "You Looking at Me?"

I've discovered I'm a much better alla prima painter than a traditional multi-session painter.  Once I get the sketch/drawing on the canvas and start applying the paint; if I can push myself to keep going, the finished work is much better than if I worked lots of sessions.  I fuss too much and it shows; for instance:

This landscape is months in the making and it's still not quite finished.  Too much fussing.  Maybe there's a 12 step group for artistic fussing.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Highlight for the Year 2016

It's difficult for me to finish a painting.  I never feel it's ready for someone else to view my work.  I'm making a concerted effort to push projects through to the end.
On this page is a painting I enjoyed from the first charcoal sketch. I'm hopeful of entering him in next year's Baum Art School show.

"You Looking At Me?" 30x24" framed oil on canvas. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What's Been Going On?

Finally......the "Buster Project" was completed and delivered to the client.  She was happy and sad at the same time.  It was an emotional visit.

The "Travis Project" is in the second application.  I'll be applying the third application tonight.  He's looking good IMHO; owner showed this pic to his better-half and she cried.  I might be getting somewhere.

A preliminary charcoal sketch of my next oil painting.

My favorite model "Jasmine"

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Going to the Dogs II

4/3/2016   Lately, my artistic journey has turned toward canines more than portraits or landscapes.  I envisioned myself a potential portrait painter in the making a few years back but countless hours in figure drawing classes and the like have earned me few commissions.
Dogs, on the other hand have provided me with a small following.

Current in-house spoiled dog model: Jasmine.  

"Piper" the runway protection specialist

4/19/16  Update:

The "Buster" project is done...except for a finish coat of satin varnish.