Less is more....
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
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
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.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
She is posed so beautifully. The silver leaf is doing a wonderful thing as she stares into a dark abyss at eye level and lower down it comes to the fore instead of receding. $200
This nude has so much serenity. I had this hanging in my bedroom staring at it and knowing that it needed something extra....It was hanging around waiting to be adorned with silver leaf.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
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
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
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
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
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
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.
SOLD to a collector in Va.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
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
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
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
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.