|Dawn Over the Jetty|
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
|Stage One - Underpainting|
A long critical look at the version shown (Stage Two) and decided to make a few changes. The circular armature was working but I thought it would be better to reinforce this flow with the addition of well-worn gardening gloves and my pruning sheers. Where should the gloves be placed? How should the sheers be angled. Finding an acceptable arrangement took some playing around. Then the question became, what would the hierarchy of the elements be? Depicting everything with equal attention and importance weakens the painting as a whole. The circular flow I was trying to achieve could be undermined by an ambiguous hierarchy. In the end, I decided on the following order of importance:
|The Potting Bench|
- roses (lightest lights and most intense color)
- pruning sheers (sharp lines, and some vibrant color, but in a middle value)
- gardening gloves (human hand shape - naturally gains attention)
- jute (falls on the path of the counterclockwise circular armature)
- watering can (sits back, very little light, blends in with background, hints of highlights)
- clay saucers (muted and dark)
- under-the-bench clay pots (dark and not part of the armature, ie the last thing to get noticed)
Friday, August 12, 2016
|Brant Rock Oceanfront|
The 12x16" canvas had been toned in a middle value blue, a good complement for the warm, orangy light of the day. The two foot waves rolled onto a stretch of beach in front of me in a four second rhythm, a most relaxing white noise. Many people walked along the sidewalk above, but very few ventured down to where I was.
As for the painting, the darkest darks were first, then the lightest lights. Next was the greenish blue water, followed by thick white waves, mostly painted with my palette knife. Where the water met the sand, I interwove the two color masses creating the shoreline. At the conclusion of the paint out, I hadn't even touched the blue areas. Since the blue was a middle value, it served as the half tone without having to paint over it. It amounted to a painting done with three basic colors, the simplicity of which I really liked.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
|A Bathing Grace|
For centuries in the world of art, there has been endless fascination with the human figure. Painters have challenged themselves and each other to correctly capture an image that honors the beauty of the body. Every time I take on a new rendering of a figure, I ask myself, why don't I do this more. The lines, proportions and color of a human being make it - perhaps - the most fascinating of all subjects. Here is a new painting, done from a high resolution photograph.