Saturday, November 28, 2009

More Mannequins

A little more progress on the mannequin painting. This is one of those paintings that I'm going to be sorry to see it end. I'm really having a blast. Probably because I'm not in any hurry, noone will shout as I fiddle about. Anyways, I'm starting to feel a little like Pygmalion, and I've been thinking about that Gerome painting in the Met, which is one of my favorites. This is a still life painting but it's getting closer to the direction that I'm eventually headed.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mannequins and Cast

A bit of an update on what I've been up to. I'm making good progress on the mannequins (18'x24" oil on linen). I put the cast painting up because in a way they're kind of related. It's the lessons that I'm learning on the cast that I'm applying to painting the mannequins. Basically, it's to go as slow as I need to, to constantly conceptualize the position of the object in the light, and to paint each area as I go, up to a finish. The cast painting really takes a lot of patience because I only get to work on it for about three hours every saturday morning before I switch to the figure drawing class, so I'm proceeding in little inch bites at a time. But I'm having a lot of fun. I feel a little bit like an archaeologist slowly removing the debris from a dinosaur bone.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Exhibit Announcement

As a winner in one of last years group shows I was invited by the Smithtown Arts Council to exhibit six of my paintings. This will be a chance for me to exhibit some of my larger still lifes. Most of them are 18"x24" or 16"x20". The dates are March 20-April 15 2010.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Heres the poster (8"x10" oil on board) and underpainting (18"x24" oil primed linen) for my latest project. I decided to try an open grisaille technique rather than my usual wipe-out method. Since theres nothing perishable and I have it setup on the far wall of my studio I plan to really take my time with this one and get the wash of light just right.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cactus Final