Sunday, December 4, 2011

Under-drawing

Here is the under-drawing for my latest painting, on a 24 by 30 inch canvas:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Artist's Statement

I have been working on my artist's statement over the past week or so. It took a lot or writing and rewriting on my iPad to finish it.

They say an artist's statement should be two to three paragraphs long and about 100 words. Mine is three paragraphs long and about 150 words, which is a bit long. That is about as short as I could make it and still say what I wanted to say, though.

This is what I came up with:
Some have described me as worldly; I enjoy international cuisine, fine wine, and world travel. All that would be meaningless, however, if I could not put it on canvas. I guess then that I am a worldly painter.

Many of my paintings show scenes in the kitchen, the most important room in the house, a meeting place for friends and family. Others relive the travel adventures my wife and I have taken to intriguing places. Through it all, I try to use the classic techniques of the old masters but with modern pigments and mediums.

Painting time is a peaceful time, a time of deep concentration. It is alone time. It is a time spent between me and the canvas. Each painting I do is like a journey to a city that I've never been to before. No matter how much I prepare, I do not know what it will be like until I get there.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"Pumpkin Pie"

Here is my latest painting. I wanted to do a kind of Fall themed painting, something that would be good around Halloween and Thanksgiving. This is what I came up with.

This painting is an oil on linen, 24 by 18 inches.



Below are the notes I've taken while painting it:

Session 1 was basically the under-painting. I used transparent oxide brown for the whole thing. I think it turned out pretty well. The transparency of the pie dish comes through. You can tell what the various things are in the painting. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. I may go in with a glaze of ultramarine blue to really darken up the deep shadows.

For session 2, I started on the pumpkins and the rim of the pie dish. I used terra rosa, cadmium yellow deep, cadmium yellow pale, cadmium red medium, transparent oxide brown, and a touch of ultramarine blue.

Session 3 saw a lot of changes. First, I laid in the background, a mixture of permanent green light, transparent oxide brown, titanium white, and a touch of ultramarine blue in the light areas.

Second, I worked on the pie dish. Here, I really struggled to mix the turquoise of the transparent glass. I mixed up all sorts of combinations of cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, permanent green, and titanium white with no success. I then searched my paints to find another green. That is when I found viridian. I had never really used it before. However, I found that it was the turquoise I was looking for. I used that directly, and then some mixed with titanium white. It was perfect.

Lastly, I darkened up my darks with ultramarine blue, mixed with transparent oxide brown. I also added a light glaze of ultramarine blue to my wood areas. I may go in with another glaze of transparent oxide brown again, to darken things up and add a little warmth back in.

For session 4, I worked on the whipped topping container. I like the container because of its blue color, the compliment of orange. That works well with the pumpkins.

For session 5, I worked on the reflections in the table. It really made the painting pop. I think it might be done. I will sit on it a few days, and see if I want to change anything.

If you want to see the progress over time, use the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Final

Friday, November 4, 2011

Under-drawing

Here is the under-drawing for my new painting. This one has sort of been a long time coming. I set up the still-life, took some reference photos and was getting ready to put it on the canvas when I scrapped it, panicked, and had to reformulate the idea. I am happy with my second go-around, though. I think it has a nice fall theme. I'm hoping that I finish the painting before fall is over.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Tunis"

Here is my new painting, a scene taken in Tunisia from a hill at Carthage, overlooking the city of Tunis and the bay of Tunis. It is on a 36 x 24 inch canvas, and is in oil.


The pigments that I used are as follows:

Van Dyke Brown
Permanent Green Light
Permanent Green Medium
Green Earth
Naples Yellow
Transparent Oxide Brown
Permanent Rose
Titanium White
Paynes Grey
Cadmium Red
Yellow Ochre
Ceruleum Blue
Terra Rosa
Ultramarine Blue

Below are the notes I've taken while painting it:

For session 1, the under-painting, I went is with a neutral gray-brown, Van Dyke Brown. This is unlike my other under-paintings that use a warmer brown, like Transparent Oxide Brown. Originally, I was not going to do an under-painting at all. I was going to go straight in with color. However, after the under-drawing, I was having trouble telling my darks from my lights, so I thought a simple monochrome would help. I am pretty happy with it, though I think the figure gets lost a bit. That will change when the warmer colors of the figure will be put against the cooler colors of the vegetation.

Session 2 was another long session. I went from happy to frustrated. After painting all day, I scraped off a whole section of the painting. I was that unhappy with it. The part remaining I'm not totally happy either. Maybe there is a reason I don't do landscapes.

After some time to think about it a bit, now looking at the painting, the one thing that does seem to be working is the idea of atmospheric perspective. As things move to the horizon, they do seem cooler, and more faded. At least that works.

During session 3, I solved some of session 2's problems (sort of). I'm beginning to realize that this painting is going to be somewhat more abstract compared to my more representational portraits and still lifes. Maybe that is okay. Maybe I'm just resigned. I don't know.

During session 4, I focused mostly on the figure. One problem until now is that the figure never stood out because it is similar in value to the painting around it. However, now, the warmth of the figure differentiates it from the surrounding image which is quite cool. That was my goal, and I think it worked.

Session 5 might be it. It might be done. I'll give it a week and see if I want to make any changes. Then, I sign the damn thing.

Nope! Session 6?

If you want to check out the progress over time, use the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Final

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Under-drawing

Here is the under-drawing for my new painting. It is on a 36 x 24 inch canvas, the largest canvas I've ever done.

The image is a bit small on this blog, to see what is going on. Click on the image to embiggen.

Monday, September 5, 2011

"An American Lost in Genoa"

Here is my new painting, a scene from our recent trip to Italy. In this one, we were lost in the narrow streets on Genoa.

This is in oil, on an 18 by 24 inch canvas.



Here are the notes I took while painting this painting.

For the first session, the under-painting, I used transparent oxide brown, a warm brown, for the shadows and van dyke brown, a cool brown, for the light areas. I also went in with some terra rosa.

For session three, I added some cool colors to my light areas. I'm realizing, however, that my warm shadows are too warm, and it is kind of throwing the painting off a bit. I don't want to mess up my detail to fix it. Perhaps, I can go in with a glaze and cool things off a bit, and it is just a little bit. That is my plan for session four. I always agonize over little details like this.

Session 4 was a long session, about 5 or six hours, twice as long as I usually spend. The painting is almost done.

If you want to check out the progress over time, check out the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Final

Monday, August 22, 2011

Impressionism/Expressionism Class

These two paintings were done in class. The idea was to work with a large brush and put the painting down a quickly as possible. Both these paintings are in oil on a 16 by 20 inch canvas. Each were done in about 2 hours.




Thursday, August 18, 2011

Under-drawing

Here is the under-drawing for my new painting, a scene from our recent trip to Italy. This one is from Genoa. It is on a 18 by 24 inch canvas.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

"Juicy Fruit"

Here is my new still-life. It is on a 16 by 20 inch canvas, and is in oil.



Over time as I painted it, I took notes after some of the sessions. You can read those below:

For session 1, the under-painting, I used two pigments, terra rosa, and transparent oxide brown.

For session 2, I filled in some of the background. Rather than using one pigment for the whole thing -- what my painting instructor calls house painting -- I mixed up some various shades and tints of green, the lighter ones being cooler, and the darker ones being warmer. I dabbed it on making subtle variations, pushing darker foreground items with lighter paint, and the opposite with lighter foreground items. It was a little bit of an experiment. We'll see if it works.

For session 4, I toned back the background a bit. I thought that the texture of the background was competing with the rest of the painting. Also, each session, I darken up the wood using transparent oxide brown. The reflections in the wood are quite bright, so I may tone them back with a glaze later on.

Session 5 was supposed to be done. In fact, I signed it. Over about a week, however, I did some touch ups. As a result, I made it into its own session below.

If you want to see the progress over time, check out the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Final

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Under-drawing

Here is the under-drawing for a new still-life, another kitchen still-life. It is on a 16 by 20 inch canvas.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Gnocchetti"

This is my new painting, from a photo of Julie and I making pasta from our recent trip to Italy. This painting is bigger than my other paintings, 30 x 24 inches.

It used a very limited palette of pigments:

Terra Rosa
Transparent Oxide Brown
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Red
Sap Green
Naples Yellow



Here are the notes I made during the progress of the painting:

I plan to take a long time doing the under-painting on this one, doing one section at a time. The idea is to start out with warm transparent pigments, and glazes. After that, I will move in with some color. So far, the two pigments I've used are Transparent Oxide Brown, and Terra Rosa.

Between the second and third painting sessions, I really struggled with Julie's face. I broke my rule and used an opaque paint, Titanium White, for session three to correct some of session two's problems. I am still not totally happy with it, however.

For session four, I started filling in some of the background. I really like the painterly quality of it. I hope that I do not lose that when I put some glazes over it.

For session 5, I finished up the figure of me on the under-painting. After that, I added a glaze of medium and ultramarine blue to some of the background.

By session 7, the under-painting was complete.

Could session 14 be the final version? It just might be. I will let it dry over the week, and see if I want to make any changes. After that, it is getting signed and is DONE!

Nope! Fifteen?

If you want to check out the progress over time, use the links below:

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10
Session 11
Session 12
Session 13
Session 14
Session 15
Final

Monday, May 30, 2011

Under-drawing

This is the under-drawing for a new, as of yet untitled painting. It is a portrait of Julie and I making pasta, from a photo from our recent trip to Italy. This painting will be on a 24 by 30 inch canvas, bigger than I usually do. It will definitely be a stretch to pull this one off, since I have never done a portrait of someone I know. I hope I can pull off the likeness.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Portrait Painting, Week 6

Here is last week's painting finished. To be honest, I liked it better as a monochrome. It think it was very striking with the difference between light and shadow. Still, it is not bad, so I'm putting it up.

Actually, my instructor likes it better with color, so who knows.

This painting is in oil, on a 11 by 14 inch canvas.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Portrait Painting, Week 5

This week we had a live model, a (rather masculine) woman with a mohawk. We will have the model next week as well, so this is a painting in progress. In fact, it is a monochrome using one pigment, transparent oxide brown, that I plan to use as the under-painting. Next week, I hope to finish the painting.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Portrait Painting, Week 3

This is my painting for this week's Portrait Painting class. It is in oil, on an 11 by 14 inch canvas.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Portrait Painting, Week 2

My new class, Portrait Painting, continued this week. This is the painting I started in class, and finished at home. It is in oil, on an 11 by 14 inch canvas.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Portrait Painting, Week 1

I started a new class this week, Portrait Painting. This is the painting I did in class. It is in oil, on an 11 by 14 inch canvas.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pre-portrait, Week 6

Here is last week's painting finished:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pre-portrait, Week 5 - Continued

Here is the under-painting for the next still life we are doing in class. It is 8 by 10 inches, done in one pigment, terra rosa. The still life is of a vase, nectarines, and a flower.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pre-portrait, Week 2

This week, we worked on a still-life of some pears sitting on a wooden shelf. I did this painting monochromatically using a pigment called Terra Rosa. It is on a 9 by 12 inch canvas.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pre-portrait, Week 1

I am taking a new class at the Drawing Studio. This time, the class is called Pre-portrait, which is basically a still-life painting class, to prepare for painting portraits.

This week, we did a small, monochromatic painting. Mine was done using one pigment, Van Dyke Brown. It is on a 9 by 12 canvas. The subject is basically cloves of garlic.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Moonlight Spotlight"

This painting is in oil, on a 18 by 24 inch canvas.



If you want to see the progress while painting this painting, session by session, use the links below:
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Final