Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bartlett Pear in the style of Meléndez

6.5"x4.5" Oil on Gessobord
SoldI keep studying the way Meléndez painted fruit. I have used some ancient stipple techniques which I learned from a teacher in Paris. I stroke paint on, then stipple it with a short sort of brush, very similar to a stencil brush. It works particularly well on on the slightly textured Gessobord. I like the look, but it takes patience and several drying sessions to finish a painting in this manner. I would not recommend it for doing a painting a day. It is just too slow.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

View from Glacier Peak Trail

Oil on Mounted Canvas 12"x12"

There are so many places that I have been that I want to paint. Every time I look around I see even more. I used to always carry sketchbook and watercolors everywhere along with a camera. So when I don't know what to do next, I just pull out some slides or a sketchbook and take another trip down memory lane. The small paintings I posted last were a warm up for big. I just finished a large larch painting from the references I gathered during a week I spent in Little Yoho, Canada a while ago. At least I think it is finished. I have to spend a little more time studying it for itchy places. That is how I know when a painting is finished. No more itching. Trouble is, as I relieve one itch after another, new ones suddenly pop up.

I get obsessed with mountains and seeing the Brothers and Constance with fresh snow makes me want to paint more mountains. Seeing the tulips in full blossom makes me want to paint tulips. Seeing the interesting people around town makes me want to paint people. Too many options! So I started another pear painting in the style of Meléndez. But as it is still in process, I am posting this painting for your pleasure this week.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Hi tech, Hi touch, Virtual Reality Studio Visit

A recent adventure led to a way for you to experience a 360 degree 3 dimensional view of me and my studio. You can mouse side-to-side, up and down and see it all. It takes a little while to load, depending on your connection.

Click Here to Visit my Studio.

No preview, I am sad to say, but I think you will enjoy it. The paintings sitting around on easels are drying. You know, it takes a year for an oil painting to dry thoroughly and they must be exposed to the air to dry. The oil reacts with the oxygen in the air, creating a tough polymer, that expands as the reaction progresses. Most of these were finished in the last few months and a few were recently repaired after some rough handling took off a tiny patch of paint on several works.

Repairs are so much easier if you use a set palette for all the work. It is much easier to match the patch when you know what pigments went into it.

I just wish that the new lights that had been installed the following week had been in place when the Virtual Reality Photos had been taken. I have so much more light now.

I have 2 other paintings in progress, so I have a lot of paint to watch drying. I use this time to scrutinize my compositions for little itchy places. If it feels like it needs scratched, I know that there is something bothering me about one or more of the painters' tools used in creating composition. Color, value, edges and design are the most frequent culprits. So I sit with the newbie and wait for it to tell me what it needs or ask someone to look at it and tell me what bothers them. Fresh eyes see so clearly.