Tuesday, October 30
Thursday, July 26
Labels: plein air
Saturday, July 14
Friday, July 13
Tuesday, June 12
Labels: figure life
Friday, June 1
Friday, April 13
Saturday, April 7
Thursday, March 15
Monday, February 12
Sunday, February 11
Silver ball on Pencil Case
Saturday, February 3
Wednesday, January 17
Thursday, November 30
The Model's daughter
Saturday, November 18
Friday, November 10
The actual size of the painting is about 4-1/2" square
Friday, November 3
Tuesday, October 17
in this painting, from life, I really pushed the chroma hard, I went crazy with the background color to see if it would make the overly saturated flesh colors look feasible. Although this example is not that successful, I think this idea may have some merit. What do you think ???
I have often heard that painting in a "rim-lighting" situation is pretty difficult... This painting showed me just how true that is.
Tuesday, September 26
Monday, September 25
Weekly paint class was canceled and we are 1 session into a 3-4 session sitting, so nothing to show on that front. I will leave you with a Painting I copied and donated to a United Way fundraiser.
THE GREAT WAR.
Everything we see obstructs our view of what is behind it, and whatever that is, is precisly what we want to see.
To quote the original artist,
"My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, 'What does that mean?'. It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable. "
Wednesday, September 6
Sunday, August 27
Tuesday, August 22
It's nice to be able to exploit the strong diagnols and sharp lines of a Man's face in a painting. This particular 3 hour study from life shows just that.
The jaw, nose, forehead, eyebrows, cheek, and neck are all very angular hardly any curves at all.
Compare that to the study below of his wife who posed for us the week before he did, all the features are round and curvy, just how we like our women.
This angular V.S. round is a long used tool the artist has used to help establish gender in painting, or sculpture for that matter.
paintings really show this. Both of these paintings are of the same model, one by me, the other by a friend at class. Notice how the gender is ambiguous on the painting with the strong angles, the other, curvier painting, is definitely a female. This, I believe, creates more tension in the angular painting and therefore it is the stronger painting. Although more subtle, similar devices were used in the Mona Lisa, creating a more dynamic painting.
Sunday, August 20
Friday, August 18
This oil painting was pretty hard for me to photograph correctly since the size is larger than I am used to. This is about 46" X 29" done in oils
I called this "Stark Ratio" because of the high contrast in values and also, the very soft dress is contrasted sharply with the very "manly" depiction of the features..is it a man..is it a woman, I thought that this ambiguousness would add tension...did it?... you tell me.
Friday, July 28
this is 16"X20" oil on panel, painted from life.
It looks like the head dress is kind of off perspective although I believe it may have been wrapped differently each session
Thursday, July 27
For me it is essential, that as a realistic painter, I go directly to nature to learn how she works. I do not want to paint a picture of a photographic representation's of nature I want to paint paintings of MY representation's of nature... Big difference, after all I have two eyes.
24"X20" Oil on linen
This absolutely stunning model was with my painting group for two, three hour sessions and even with that amount of time I still did not feel I had long enough. I focused mostly on the face and feel it is pretty successful, although looking at it now I wish I would not have left her left hand looking like a crab claw.
These two paintings were actually supposed to be only one, our model turned out to be a little bit too much of a mover for me, I decided to do seperate paintings over the 2 3-hours live sessions from different vantage points.
This is a 3 hour 16X20 Oil painting from life
This next particular portrait was interesting in that I was facing directly into the spotlight, giving me an interesting lighting setup, as well as forcing me to squint even more than I normally do while painting. This is another 3 hour 16X20 Oil painting
Saturday, July 22
Friday, July 21
These woods are near Turning Point park in Rochester, NY. I wanted to capture the wonderful dappled light showing through the forest, it was challenging, considering the lighting was changing constantly. I was lucky enough to also have a figure to include, creating a more enjoyable painting .