Saturday, May 30, 2009

Hit and Run Landscapes

I had the rare Saturday off from cast painting so I had a choice; go fishing for stripers or go do some landscape painting. As you can see I chose the latter, hopefully I made the right choice! Anyways, I went to paint at this state park that for some reason doesn't get that crowded, so I was able to work in virtual isolation. I don't do well painting in public. I could never paint in Central Park, I just don't like to talk much while I'm painting. I'm the same way at GCA. I'm sure some people probably think I'm snobby, but I'm really just lost in concentration. I'll chat when I put my palette down but otherwise you might as well be talking to a statue. In order to do these small 8" by 10"s I went pretty far off the beaten path. The vertical one I did first. I crawled through some underbrush near a salt marsh until I found an isolated clearing. I was struck by the contrast between the forest screen and the sunlit marsh. The other painting was made while standing on top of a bluff in some pretty windy conditions. In that one I was digging the long view of the Nissequoge river and the disappearing and reappearing trail leading to it. I think I'm going to go back there quite a bit this summer and maybe even do some larger more detailed pieces.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Nancy Better?

I think this is a better photo, closer to the original, although the color is slightly off. I also included an update on the radicchio painting. I was a little hesitant to use cadmiums on that table but I wanted the intense color to make a nice foil against the fairly neutral vases. I did have to keep knocking it down a bit until I was satisfied.

Nancy Completed?

Well, I went back into the portrait yet again. I realize now that when you go back into a painting you can't piddle about; you have to paint it with as much conviction as if it was the first layer, and you can't be timid about painting over any previous layers. So, I'm pretty happy with it. I'm going to have to experiment with photographing it because this photo isn't doing it justice. For some reason I'm getting a grainy effect. I may have to try shooting it under low light daylight. I think I may stick with the Zorn palette (ivory black,yellow ochre, cad red light, and cremnitz white) for a few more portraits until I really get my forms and lighting under control. I'm working on a cast painting at GCA of a bust of a satyr so that'll help as well.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Radicchio and Vases

Not too much to say. Things are moving along. I'm enjoying the interplay between the various whites. The cast painting seems to be really making a difference in my approach to form and light. And I'm pretty much using materials and techniques that I never envisioned for myself, so I'm excited and I can't wait to rush into my studio each day after work.

Friday, May 8, 2009

More Radicchio

Heres the poster study and the radicchio painted in. I had to paint it over the course of two afternoons so I've been putting it in the fridge in a freezer bag. I usually take a break after work on Fridays after work but I knew that vegetable was on it's last legs so I wanted to blast it in. I've been experimenting with Cremnitz white for the grays and I'm really digging it. I laid in naples yellow over the grays for the lightest lights. The hard part was to decide how much of the "veining" to show in the shadows, because they are white after all. It took a lot of squinting down and stepping back, always a good cure for my myopia. Happy Mother's Day!