Sunday, March 18, 2018

New Work In Progress

Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas, 10"x8", NFS

Back to the Studio

I started this painting back in February when I was still struggling with the Thirty Day Challenge. I abandoned the Challenge and the painting when "life intervened" and I wasn't able to stay focused. Now that I am back in the studio (and getting ready for a workshop on portraiture in April), I picked up the roughly blocked in portrait on my easel and took it to the next step. I took this photo to post as an example of one of my interim steps in my process. The more I look at it, though, the more I like it the way it is. It does need a little bit of clean-up and finish work, but, overall, I like what I have here. So I think I'm going to leave it here for a while.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Day 12 - Doodling

Doodling, Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper, 7"x5", NFS

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day Twelve

This painting is a crazy experiment in doodling. I put in a variety of transparent areas and then added apaque passages. When those were dry, I used a small round brush and fluid acrylic black paint to doodle on the black patterns.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Day 10 - XOXO

XOXO, Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper, 5"x7", NFS

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day Ten

This one was a struggle. I wanted to do some Valentine-y with hearts and Xs and Os. The background got painted a bunch of times to get the feeling right - not too many hard edges or weird patches of color. In the end, I think it came out OK.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Day 9 - Spiraling Inward

Spiraling Inward, Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper, 7"x5", NFS

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day Nine

This painting reminds me of a log cabin quilt with its inwardly spiraling paint strokes.The colors are mostly Phthalo Blue and Alizarin Crimson - my camera and Photoshop truly hate this combination - I always struggle to get these colors to photograph properly. In the painting, the inner-most blue strips have a pale greenish cast.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day 8 - Portrait Redo

Sunny Day, Acrylic on Canvas, 10"x8", NFS

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day Eight

I decided to redo the portrait from the other day. There was a lot that was right in that but also a lot that was wrong. This is a lot better and feels a lot more natural. I've been trying to really focus on creating a painterly look while capturing the way a person normally appears. I find that I'm put off by very stiff, formal portraits even though the paint handling and accuracy are superb. I've got a long way to go, but as they say, "practice makes perfect."

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Day 7 - Chain Link Fence

Chain Link Fence, Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper, 7"x5", $50

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day Seven

The patterns on this painting remind my of chain link fences, hence the name. I like the roughness of the texture. It started out quite differently with strong lines and defined spaces, but I didn't like it at all. There are only two things you can do when that happens - paint over it, or throw it out.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Day 6 - Window

Window, Acrylic on Gessoed Watercolor Paper, 7"x5", $50

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days - Day 6

This painting started as a collection of brush strokes using mostly pure pigments. The red and gold on white gesso just glows. I messed with it for a while creating shapes and painting over them. Fortunately I had the good sense to leave the gold and red patch in the middle. Although it is always a challenge to decide when I am done with an abstract, I have decided this one stops here.