What is in the box? Maybe it is a new cell phone, a pair of tiny roller skates, a toy lawn mower, a necklace or bracelet, car keys, a new bed, a bowl of soup. Which do you think is more likely? Maybe it is empty.
This is an 8" square painting which is about 175% bigger than a 6" square painting.
I am experimenting with a new technique. Don't know if it will work for everything but I won't know until I work with it a little further. I am using this on my larger work for my Pyro Gallery show this Spring.
I was going to paint my regular small painting but then got an urge to use my #12 hog bristle brushes so I decided to paint a 12" square! The flowers are painted with the big brushes and bits of the background and vase are painted with a #5. Used a palette knife on some areas.
Had fun with this one.
Working on my larger paintings for my solo show leaves little time for my daily paintings which are valuable in keeping my paintings fresh. Finding these beautiful peonies at Trader Joe's gave me the longing to paint a daily.
She has the most beautiful long thick black hair. It was actually a little longer but I had to have the curls in the picture. I added the sketchy background for effect. I know the horizon is a little high but it looks good for the composition.
I've had this hat for about 40 years, can't remember where I got it but it's construction is so interesting and it is pretty comfortable to wear. It came from Mali. If I went there today, would I see people wearing it?
He wore his Derby outfit and doesn't he look great! I sketched it in with a dark brown mixture with Winsor Newton Bt Sienna and Ultramarine blue and blocked the shadows also. I love the way it turned out. He wore a beautiful lavender woven suit with some raw sienna woven in. I think the bow tie makes the look.
In order to improve and grow, we artist are always trying new things and experimenting with different methods. Today I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre. I found that using those 4 colors simplified the color mixing process. I will have to try it again.
The model got into this pose and at first I was thinking that she was holding so much tension. After looking through a viewfinder I noticed that the pose was so dynamic! Love the position of the legs and arms so I made it all about that. In the three hours that she posed, I sketched it in two times too large, third time was the charm. I had to realize that the center of the canvas was the hem of her skirt, then it worked out.
Lately I have been working hard on larger paintings. I feel that I need to do some small daily paintings so when I went to my stash of items these little colorful plates, bowls and cups were saying "choose me".
This is a painting I started last Friday and finished today. I worked on keeping the outer edges soft and detail on the focal point. It is really hard to keep from overworking the painting. I had to not be too quick to put the brush work on.
I started this series of small (6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, 5” x 7”) paintings in May 2009 as a daily practice and discipline in order to liberate my work by painting from life in a restricted amount of time. In carefully considering placement, shape and color, I strive to find the essence and beauty of common objects in a fast-paced world that is dominated by electronic gadgets and digital images. It is my hope that people will stop, look and see the dignity and soul of things that are often taken for granted.
Composition and lighting are key elements in the creative design process, allowing me to create a lively and often humorous narrative.