Friday, March 30, 2007

Nude #169 - 9"x12" acrylic, gold leaf & graphite on canvas

I learned something from this recent series of nudes. A simple line if honest can make a stronger impact than a lot of detail.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Nude #167 - 9"x12" - acrylic, gold leaf, graphite on canvas

This is the third in a series that I think I will continue with for a while....from my 1 minute poses done originally in charcoal.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Nude #165 - 9"x12" acrylic, graphite, gold leaf on canvas

This nude is part of a series I am doing. It is a quickie from a one minute gesture pose warm up exercise at the beginning of figure drawing studio. I like to make use of these sketches because they are so spontaneous and bold.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Nude #164 - 19"x25" watercolor, gaouche, graphite & pastel on paper

The line of the chair was calling to be in vibrant red and then I saw a beautiful red armoir that needed to be in there too.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Nude #163 - watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper

The subtitle for this piece is "Dreaming of Tangiers" I referred to a drawing by Matisse from 1918, of a sketchy landscape. I sketched it into the background which this painting was calling for. Her gaze suggests slow, lush, hot, tranquility of another time and place.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Nude #162 - 14"x20" watercolor, gouache, charcoal, silver leaf on paper

I wanted to add harsh contrast to the background with good old Dr. Martin liquid concentrate watercolor in yellow and I followed suit on the silver leaf floor. I like the contrast of the intense color against the soft feminine body and aquiline profile.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Nude #161 - 19"x25" - watercolor, gouache, graphite & gold leaf on paper

This nude was the last pose that the model took last night. So often the last one is the best one for me. It's also the longest pose. She has some very sophisticated colors that definitely don't mind being accented with the gold leaf. I went for more bang for the buck by adding the gold. Why not?

Nude #160 - 19"x25" - watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

This stenciling got a little messy but I think I like the distressed aspect of it because it gives her a look of antiquity.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Nude #158 - 8.25"x10.5" - gouache, graphite, wax & silver leaf on paper

This nude is snowbound. Her form takes on the magnitude of a glacier floating on a river of crusty ice. The snow falls here in Hudson and I am trying to incorporate my surroundings into my nudes. I am looking at ways to join the two subjects. At the same time I am interested in breaking down more mental blocks that I have. My nature is one of a Fauvist. That must be brought out in my work. I replicated previous nude #114 and put my winter spin on her. She was perfect for the icey white I saw in my vision.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Nude #157 - 19.5"x24.5" watercolor, gouache, graphite, pastel on paper

This nude was the last of the batch I painted the other night at life drawing studio. Today as I was looking at it, being that I have Matisse on my mind, I was inspired to create a wallpaper stencil similar to one in one of my favorite paintings that he did. Voila!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nude #155 aka Factory Girl -19.5"x25.5" - watercolor, gouache,pastel, graphite & silver leaf on paper

This nude was calling for a room of silver to hold her like at Andy's factory. I went back to my figure drawing studio class last night and came home with a whole treasure trove of nudes to hang up and see what they say next. This one was the first to call out to be gilded in silver. I like the flare in the silver which is reflection from the flash. It works well here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Field of Texture - 15"x19" watercolor, graphite, wax, gold leaf on paper

15" x 19" watercolor, encaustic, graphite + gold leaf on paper

This is the same landscape view as yesterday's quick study where I was working some things out on the gold leaf & wax textured field. I like the way this is creating more of an abstraction in this landscape. I am trying to do more of that.
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Monday, March 12, 2007

Winter Cornfield - 10"x14" watercolor & graphite on paper

This is a study to help me work out the texture in the foreground for another painting of this very same view. I am working out a new technique and needed to practice the movement of scratching and the scale of it along with some color choices. I don't care for the reddish color in the background field, nor the cypress green of the tree line in the back. So that helps me on my other painting, I will not make those choices. Studies really do help.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Blue Snow - 6"x24" watercolor, graphite, wax, oil on paper

This composition is perfect for the format I've been working with lately. The perspective leads you down this farm road with me as I am driving and snapping pictures randomly out the window and freezing my precious fingers off.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Silver Swath - 6"x24" watercolor, graphite & silver leaf on paper

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Here is another rendition of same view as yesterday. I really like this composition. Here I have used the silver leaf to cut a swath across the composition and dotted the bottom with the feathery plumes of the grass reeds.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Winter Reeds - 6"x24" watercolor, graphite & pastel on paper

8"x24" watercolor. pastel + graphite 

This view is one that I have painted before. I will paint it over and over. In fact stay tuned tomorrow when I do a different rendition. Today was a warm-up for my memory muscles. Tomorrow I want to get some silver leaf onto the next rendition.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Snowy Cornfields 6"x24" watercolor, graphite & gold leaf on paper

I happily gilded the golden cornfields which create the dynamic in this winter landscape. I am now always looking for that opportunity.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Golden Horizon - 6"x24" watercolor, graphite & gold leaf on paper

There are endless ways I am inspired to render this view and the golden glow from the sun setting and getting caught on surfaces. I must highlight the golden reeds cutting a swath across this composition with the gold leaf.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Silver Tree - 6"x24" watercolor, graphite, wax & silver leaf on paper

6"x24" watercolor, encaustic, graphite + silver leaf

I am back after not posting for several days and I could not wait to get to this painting. I knew exactly what I was going to do with the silver leaf and the rest just happened as I went along. Enjoy.