Monday, January 29, 2007

Field of Thistles - 9.5"x11.5" - watercolor, graphite, oil, silver leaf on paper

SOLD to a collector in NY
I am trying to work my memory muscles when it comes to landscapes. In so doing I am trying to capture what my feeling of what I saw was rather than exactly what I saw. I was taken by the oval heads of the thistles dotting the field spanning back into the distance and popping above the swath of golden field.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Nude #147 - 7"x10" - watercolor, graphite & gold leaf on paper

Sunshine is cast by the gold leaf. I am now thinking in advance about gold leaf instead of white which is traditionally the lightest color that one does not paint in a watercolor and thus one must have forethought about where that omission of painting will be. It is always a surprise at the end of a work to see that intention- the omission of color.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Nude #146 - 7"x10" - watercolor, graphite & gold leaf on paper

I love the way the gold leaf can be a source of light. Of course what is seen here is from a photo but even when viewed in real life there is a source of light from the gold leaf depending on where you are standing to look at her.


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nude #143 - 18"x24" graphite & silver leaf on paper

When I added the palm frond stencil to the backfround suddenly she became a Tahitian native lounging in the shade.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Icey branches at the Croton Dam - 10.5"x20" watercolor, graphite & wax on paper

These beautiful ice covered branches are the result of the spray coming off the powerful waterfall at the Croton Dam. This wonder of nature and man's engineering is a work of Art & Nature at its best. I was in awe viewing this today.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sunset from my window - 7"x10" watercolor

I painted this sunset quickly to capture the yellow clouds over the rooftops of my little city of Hudson where there are many beautiful sunsets.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A day in the life of Me - 5"x8" - mixed media

Sometimes I just can't get out of my head what is in there. Today I have trees in there that won't come out so I decided to paint my predicament in hopes of exorcizing them out.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Nude #141 - 7"x10" watercolor, graphite and gold leaf on board

This is what I refer to as an "undressed nude". I took a picture of a clothed woman and undressed her and painted her as a nude from my imagination. That's a trick I resort to when I don't have access to a model. It's kind of challenging - but fun.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Nude #140 - 22"x30" watercolor, graphite, wax, acrylic on board

"dear Prudence let me see you smile..." a line from the Beatles which comes to my mind when I look at this poor nude's face.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Nude #139 - 12"x16" watercolor & graphite on paper

She stands there staring at you yet she has no eyes. There's a lot of simplicity to get lost in staring back at her.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Nude #138 - 12"x12.5" watercolor & wax on paper

There's something about the way she is soft and still that influenced my choice of tranquil color for the background.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Nude #137 - 6.5"x12 - watercolor & silver leaf on paper

This is a quick study that I have added the silver leaf to as an afterthought as I am doing to many nudes in my archives.


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nude #136 - 7.5"x18" - gouache & silver leaf

I have gone into my archives of nudes to revive some with silver or gold leaf since they were such a hit last week. I think this technique adds new life to some of my work.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Still life with silver & citrine - 16"x19.5" oil pastel, watercolor, silver leaf, graphite & acrylic on board

This is a still life I did a few weeks back and did not like the way the background looked. So I covered it with silver leaf and stenciled over with acrylic. I like the way it looks now.
SOLD to a collector in Va.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Nude #134 - 12"x12" watercolor, graphite & silver leaf on paper

I wanted maintain the abstract quality of this nude when adding the silver leaf by making sure not to over-define any edges or shapes. What shows as white highlights in this picture is actually the silver leaf. SOLD

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Nude #133 - 5"x8" - watercolor, graphite, gold leaf & gold pigment on paper

This is another small quick sketch that I did last summer and have now experimented with the gold leaf and pigment powder to see different effects. I am planning to do something much larger based on these itsy-bitsy nudes.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Golden Pear on Citrine - 8"x10" encaustic, gouache, graphite & gold leaf on canvas board

I am trying to see all the effects I can get with gold leaf. Today I applied it as a platform under the encaustic. I wanted to see it's luminosity and there is none when the wax is on top. Even if the wax has no color in it - still none. But I do think it looks glamorous.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Nude #132 - 5"x 7.75" - watercolor, encaustic wax, graphite & gold leaf on paper

This is a tiny nude compared to my usual large sizes. I was playing with quite a lot on this tiny sketch - the gold leaf, the encaustic wax techniques and colors. I like the soft nude rendering contrasted against the scratchy surroundings.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Liquid Crystals - 9.5"x 12" oil pastel, wax & graphite on sand grain paper

This is a view out my kitchen window that I have often wanted to capture and never took the time to do so. It's as though these naked branches are wearing their most precious jewels. I know it looks like snow, but rain drops are just hanging on the tippy tips of these branches and this was the best I can do to capture their beauty at this moment.