New works, 2014-2015
Keep checking back. I am trying to start the new year off with a lot of new pieces. The newest canvases are going to be towards the top. With the majority of my work back, I am building up a portfolio and have plans to show multiple places concurrently.
Two new works started:
Second sitting, and it got a name:
And this one:
Second shot, on the easel:
I hope to have a chance to work on these again before I head out on the trip to Buffalo Thursday morning. I am playing a live music set out there. I am not sure how close I made it to my goal of doubling my inventory before the end of the year, but I know I am well on my way with these couple here.
Working on the piece:
Two new works started:
Started to block out the canvases,
Then both, after a first sitting:
Canvases are piling up:
Started two new works today. Also, I titled one of the pieces from the previous session of painting I wasn’t sure was done. It grew on me when it sat, and I don’t think it needs to be worked further at this point. (scroll down to see “Memory Was a Predator”)
Here are the two pieces I worked on today (blocking color):
You notice that I this point both works have precisely the same color palettes, ultimately, you’ll see, they end up going quite different directions:
(after the end of the first sitting):
Got to a second sitting on two of the recent pieces today. They are both now finished. I intend to bring the works in (when the are dry, next class isn’t for two weeks) to make a comparison between different color schemes. One of the paintings ended up dominated by green/blue/yellow (analogous) and the other by red/pink, /blue/ (essentially a triadic color scheme):
Here is the first:
You’ll see the other take on a loose analogous color scheme:
[on to earlier posts]
I have a particular exercise in mind with these two canvases. Something I want to experiment with myself, and then have the students in my class reflect on and talk about. When I am further along in both works I’ll get to explaining what I am doing here…
Thanks for reading.
I have two pieces I am working on today (12.5.15). I started both pieces today after the class:
I may do some additional tweaks on this one, but I think it may be done. I’m really happy with how this one went.
Did some color blocking on this new one today, (as yet untitled):
This piece, which I started a couple days ago, I think is now done:
This one came together quickly, done in two sittings. “Red Planet Psalm”
A recent habit I developed is to block out shapes and color on a new canvas with whatever color is left from a previous canvas. So, when the last canvas seemed done, I took a small canvas and scratched this out.
Blocking out canvas # 3 that I have been working on this weekend. By working on I sometimes mean just I am thinking about what needs to happen and letting it incubate. Obviously a work in progress.
second sitting, building up color and negative space:
This canvas seems to be failing to thrive.
Third sitting with the new piece, I think it may be done, perhaps just a little cleaning up and intensifying color:
Should you be translating, I am meditating/editorializing on my own role as a father/parent.
New work, “The Bloom, see pictures for details:
This piece slipped right out of my hands and became a very different thing than what I intended. But it just hit the done pile. It’s hanging on the wall to dry. The image isn’t great, I’ll update with a better image when I remember to use flash…
A shot of the new piece with better light:
Started a new work. Yes I’m doing two new canvases at the same time. This is the first sitting. When this dries, I’ll start ratcheting up the intensity of the colors. The color needs to be corrected slightly. (the palette is by request). This work is not for sale.
Essentially, all I have done at this point is to outline the shapes in the image with a mixture of Ultramarine blue, ivory black, and panes grey. It is giving it the effect I am looking for, however, this piece is close to done, when the outlines are dry, it’s back to work on the shapes.
Third sitting with the new piece. The title I am leaving for it’s owner to disclose. The most enjoyable part of painting this piece was that to get the effect I was looking for I painted meticulously with very thin washes of paint mixed carefully on my palette. Generally, I paint quite heavily but this allowed succeeding layers of paint to bleed and show through. I’m going to take another look at this in the morning under natural light, but I think I am ready to call this one done.
Started a new piece, yet untitled. I am slowly building up the paint. I blocked out the shapes a few days ago and got around to cover the canvas. It’s a small canvas (11″ x 14″). It’s starting to come together, the paint is thich in several places, so I will probably wait for it to be a little tack to being working on it again.
Second sitting: I loved the colors in this, but as I started the second sitting, I felt some darker colors might give the image some depth and movement, there will probably be another sitting with this one as well:
Started a new piece. I did a lot in just one session, but it isn’t done, it seems flat. The contrast isn’t deep enough, though these are the colors I decided I’m using. The piece is tentatively titled “The Murder Slug,”–based on gaming lore that the significant human told me about: one of the lord of the nine hells is described a slug like creature. Hence the name. The topic came up after a recent semi-weekly table-top gaming session. And yes, I am a thirty-seven year-old that plays table-top games and I feel no shame about it.
First a picture of the image alone, and then myself with the canvas.
In this image, an intentional optical illusion (of sorts) begins to be apparent. The devils in the lore accompaning the game are always deceptive and shifting shape, so this became something I was working on since the first sitting with the piece.
Got to a second (then third?) sitting with “The Murder Slug (in the house of filth)”. The piece took on a life of it’s own, especially after I told my partner I thought it might be done, and then she made a few suggestions. As I had sort of envisioned the painting the main are I wanted the viewers’ eyes draw to (ie: the murder slug) was sinking into the back ground. The color scheme remained mostly the same, but the composition wasn’t working out with the background remaining as mostly a washed out white and burn sienna.
After my partner’s feedback, I realized I have to go darker, and I worked in a lot of Prussian Blue and burnt sienna. This finally, not only made the sort of optical effect I had intended, but also drew attention to the center thirds of the canvas to create nice movement in the piece (remember my original comment was the piece was too flat with not enough movement.
Here are a couple images of the (hopefully finished) piece:
Update, new piece, 2 sittings, “Science-Fiction Double-Helix Picture-Show” 16″ x 20″ $140
Update: This is the finished piece 18″ x 24″ oil on Canvas $185, “The Sentinel”
This is my second sitting with this piece, tentatively titled “Sentinel” (until I have something I like better (oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″):
Worked a second sitting on the new piece (tentatively titled “The Sentinel”). It’s coming together, but my feeling is it may be getting a little too representational. It recalls, for me slightly, some of Klee’s works in that direction though it was common for Klee, if he painted a figure, for the figure to take up far less real estate on a canvas. Here it is after the second sitting (on my easel):
More images coming as I am working on them. Which is becoming a major part of my week this week. […] Finally, a better image of the new piece, “Specters” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″
There’s still two new works that are hanging at the art on eight gallery right now, that have not been photographed yet. Hoping to add images of those soon. Make inquiries through the contact e-mail in this web-sites about section. […] The reception for the Art on Eight Gallery was this past Thursday. Thanks everyone who came to look around and see what I have been up to and the work that Ben (who shares the show with me) has done. A coupe people who were unable to attend the reception have expressed interest in trying to get in to see the gallery at another time. I will confer with my contact at the building to see if such a thing is possible. Thanks everyone for your support and enthusiasm.
“To Realize You Dropped It” is a companion piece to “To Love a Falling Object” (the making of which is described below). The two were intended to be very similar. Both are currently on display at the Art on Eight gallery, and have gotten a lot of positive comment. As the show was coming together, I was trying to avoid hanging the gallery with too many older works so the focus would be on work I am doing now. There’s another small piece that I still do not have a proper photo of, “A Tired Script,” (oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″). For another blog, I snatched a photo of myself next to my easel as it was drying, so you can see that here:
There’s (yet again) a black canvas currently on my easel. As anything happens with that, I will continue to update here. […] Update, first sitting with a new oil. First sitting with a new large oil piece. I did several new works before the Art on 8 show, but, since my digital camera met an untimely end, I don’t have images of the new works that went in the show. Also, since I don’t have any digital camera other than what’s on my MBPro. Since this is a first sitting, the colors are faint, and somewhat hard to make out in this shot.
Even on a snowy, blustery winter day, I try to take advantage of what natural light I can get. The next sittings are going to intensify the areas of blues and greens, as well as the area that’s rather the focus of the piece, the side in the image that is dominated by yellow ocher. […] Started a new oil. I’m tentatively calling this “His Eye is on the Swallowed.” (2 images) This was my first sitting with this piece. Oil on gessoed canvas. 16” x 20″. After this, as I do sittings with this, I will just be fixing the color and contrast, –tweaking the image. This one came together quickly.
[…] Mission complete. I don’t have a firm title for this, but “To Love a Falling Object,” so far, is the working title. It’s done, for sale, and I hope to be exhibiting it when the right opportunity arises. Trying to put those opportunities together now. Interested parties see the contact in my about section. Here’s a couple images:
[more images as I worked on the piece, and other new work continue below] I’ve started new works for upcoming shows, and so on. This one is oil on canvas, 24” x 36”. Photos show how I blocked areas of the canvas into light and dark and started building up the sections. Starting… Detail… The work so far, (first sitting). [update: second sitting] Working on the new oil. It is yet untitled. Here it is after a couple hours this morning:
Tonight I did a third sitting with the large (yet untitled) oil. I may still do another sitting, but lightening the highlights and deepening the contrasts are bringing the piece together nicely, in my mind: … Second (as yet, untitled work): The idea for this was developed from the Tumblr.com blog Fuck-ton of Anatomy References Reborn (see here: http://fucktonofanatomyreferencesreborn.tumblr.com/post/85055323385/artists-subject-prompt-1). I began with using a sketch I had done previously, the source material for that was The Northampton Historical Society’s book: “The Life and Death of a State Hospital.” Here is the sketch (original photo by Sherer) Hospital Ward hallway, pencil on paper, based on the photo by Tom Sherer.
I adjusted the storyline to suit the back-drop I was creating, and made a few modification on the sketch image I had drawn. The piece is nearly done. The over-all effect is very much what I wanted. There’s a lot of detail work, and since I had some tubes of incandescent paint, I decided to experiment with incandescent copper (Golden acrylics) and incandescent gold. This afternoon I worked on it again (after this picture was taken) and the walls and foreground are much darker and look less washed out. Aside for bringing more light at the back of the hall and around the figure, I am mostly pleased with today’s progress. Also, the discarded item is another detail I intend to work on when next I sit down to finish this.
Here’s an image, from this morning:
Hope to be able to post either one of these as finished pieces within the next couple days. Morning sunlight tends to give me the best light for painting. I try not to resort to spot lights in my room in the middle of the night –as I did when I was a kid. Worked on this piece, again, this morning. It’s getting there, there’s mostly details left. Also, it has a working title: