Friday, October 2, 2015

Climb at Dusk

 ...into October....the weather has changed, with frost just around the corner. Acrylic and pencil on unprimed Whatman paper 10.25 x 13.75 inches, image size 8.75 x 12.25 inches.

"....Or else he could elect an art class. He'd never taken one - art hadn't even been offered at the academy - how hard could it be? During the summer he'd often studied Sarah's drawing of Ikey Lubin's and even wondered what role it might've played in pulling him, against his better judgment, into Lynch World. Would he have enjoyed Ikey's as much if he hadn't seen it through her eyes? He liked the idea of getting people to see things as he did without them even being aware of what he'd done. Now THAT would be a trick worth knowing." 'Bridge of Sighs', Richard Russo   

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Ends (both images Sold)

Both are acrylics on umprimed Whatman paper 10 x 13.75 light during the last few days of September.

Visit me on FB if you have any curiousity about my painting. People often ask interesting questions about my work on FB....I post everything I list there and often stay a while to make comments. The following was one of my responses to a question posted today:

...I know that I need the painting to make a certain surprising design logic that is compelling,.....and I know that I need the work to reflect my world in some direct way. That gives me a large area to move in, and all sorts of invention can take place within those parameters....but I don't try to be original. I just try to make a strong picture that deserves to exist, at least for a little while. But certain kinds of originality will happen as a result of wrestling with that basic problem....that's inevitable.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

September 20, 7:00 p.m. (Sold)

 ......sweet summer end...a beautiful, cool evening. Acrylic and pencil on unprimed Whatman paper, 10.25 x 13.75 inches, image size 8.75 x 12 inches.

There are all sorts of planning and decision making in painting, but I always welcome the things that happen without direct planning, as the result of process, that seem right and 'wished on'. In this case, that bit of brighter blue at top center of the sky activated that area in a way that added extra life.......

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Self with Glasses

Every so often I do a self portrait while looking in the mirror. As with the landscapes, these works are as much about process as they are about the subject. This one came easily....there is usually much more overpainting than in this case.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Process.....White Flock


 I neutralize the palette colour by brushing over it at the end of a work session...there are some advantages for us acrylic painters...things dry quickly! You can see the tooth on the nice Whatman paper which I am really liking at the moment. The colours on my palette will vary to some degree with each painting. I also mix paint on a variety of plastic caps. The scratching through has become pretty important in some pictures, mostly because it offers a easily obtainable scale difference. There is big and small, and we see them both. It also offers the excitement of line and mark...

Acrylic and pencil on umprimed Whatman paper 10 x 13.75 inches, image size 8.5 x 12 inches. The soil stays moist on an overcast day, good for picking worms....the gull flock settles in at the plowed part of the field.....

Any scratching through has to be done while the paint is wet,...with acrylic that needs to be within the few minutes after the paint is applied. But pencil will also do some interesting line and mark things, if the paint is too dry for a scratchthrough....

the under colour will also vary, although I use pink a lot. It can be any variety of warm...but it usually IS warm, because the majority of colours in the finished work will be cool, so the warm wash offers an immediate tension and contrast. 


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Process.... of the methods I use....this piece completely from memory of a place I visit every day. I have a number of methods that are used over one method is used for very long. There is a portion of road that seems very mysterious and always alters my mood. 2 little diagrams to start, then under wash, and at the end, how I use up the left over paint to make collage papers. I am starting to get a great collection of these many that I can't even get to most of them. The colours, created without intention, are always fascinating. I love my painted papers, perhaps  because they are so loose, and made with such ease.....     

Monday, September 7, 2015

Shelter Valley Heatwave

Acrylic and pencil on unprimed Whatman paper, 10 x 13.75 inches, image size 8 x 11.5 inches. This was done en plein air, but beyond that, location is an important factor in the work, which leads me to think that it might be interesting to seek out a few temporary work areas.....perhaps a few weeks in each spot...