Thursday, December 18, 2008

A few of my favorite things..

If you happened to see an article on my work in the June, 2008 issue of The Artist's Magazine, perhaps you will remember the lead painting, "A few of my favorite things" (24 x 24").  A commissioned piece, that, along the way taught me much about painting crystal and that sage old adage, " less is more," before putting paint to canvas, I welcomed the occasion to meet a new collector who had just months prior purchased another of my paintings, "Standing Tall."
Walking through my patrons home, as we decided on potential items to include in the still life (those that had personal meaning for her, yet also spoke to my aesthetic sense), I began to see an opportunity for a series, even envisioning its title: "My favorite things." 
And so, for the next few months I will be working on my second concatenation--a family wedding gift, commissioned by myself.  Along with the obvious inclusion of the invitation, I'm hoping to feature some personal riches that will please the happy couple; perhaps even put  a new twist on the "something old, something new, borrowed and blue" concept. 
Promise to post a picture upon completion. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Little Diversions...

For the past few months I've been working on two large (at least for me) paintings. One is a 24 x 24 the other a 20 x 28. They were both rather complicated set ups and at various stages in the process, barely escaped being chucked in the trash. Working through the rough spots, however, I learned much and actually ended up being happy with the duo.  
Whenever you rework flowers, it's easy to lose that spontaneous freshness. In an attempt to avoid that, and since the drawing  had good bones,  I decided to use my previous effort as a base and approached Sweet Sunshine with an alla prima mindset, painting extempore on top of the original and working wet into wet toward the finish. 
Thanks to these two little diversions,  I am back in my element ready to take on another biggie. Commission anyone?

Monday, October 13, 2008

The New Republic

Oil on linen canvas 24" x24"
I teach painting classes once a week in my Fort Lee studio. One of my students brought in this beautiful angel candelabra.  A few treasures from the prop stash: rich Damask fabric; candles; a feather quill and small ink well; well-read book and souvenir box easily fell into place. Not so easy was the task of painting that elusive cherub.
Challenged to get the relief decoration to "read" as three dimensional, I kept wiping it out and reworking to a point of frustration. What finally helped in the end, was a happy discovery that  hints of silvery grey (north light effect) placed on top of bright yellow highlights (the presumed color choice for brass) gave the impression of a raised protrusion. What a relief!