Monday, October 29, 2007

Nude#305- watercolor, pastel + graphite on paper

This male nude done in fauvist colors was not preconceived. It came out this way - as do most of my nudes. I never think about what I am doing, I just do it right then and there. I like the expressionistic feeling of this nude.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Nude #304- 18"x24" -watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper

This nude is along the same lines as yesterday's where I have painted her on the easel and wanted the dripping of the paint to play a part in the end result. The end result shows more movement.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Nude #303- 18"x24"- watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper

This watercolor was painted upright on an easel. I intentionally wanted to let the paint drip thereby showing more action of my efforts as I was painting this nude. I don't think I quite got the effect I was trying for but I will keep trying. It is a vague notion in the back of my mind that I am trying to bring to the front of my foggy brain.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nude #302- 15.5"x25.5"- watercolor, pastel, graphite on paper

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This is an unusual pose and not an easy one to pull off. I especially like the fabric draping on the divan.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Nude #300- 19.5"x25.5" - watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

I like turning a pose into something a little more complex compositionally. I am addicted to shocking pink lately. It's a fun color and it does shock one's senses.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hudson river hillside- 6"x6" - oil on canvas

This is a quick study and the same view as in yesterday's post. I enjoy painting the same scene more than once because each time the painting evolves from memory of the previous painting, or from something new that I see, from what did + did not work previously and simply to see the how my memory muscles record. It is also fun to change size of canvas, brushes, and generally the painting comes easier because much has been worked out in the previous one.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hudson river from Olana- 14"x17"- oil on cardboard

Today's plein air painting was done at Olana, the home of Frederic Church who was a nineteenth century Hudson river school painter. The day was ideal- bright clear sunny skies and a breeze blowin' in my hair. I had many other things to do today, but on a day like this I could not pass up the opportunity to paint with a group of people that do this regularly around here. All else can wait...

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Hills + Fields- 12"x15"-gelatin monoprint with inks + pastel

I am back to the gelatin monoprint landscapes. This is a medium that enables freedom and looseness which I always seek.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Nude #299- 9"x12" pastel + graphite on paper

This is one from my archive that pulled. I was working on a landscape that did not work out, so I scrapped it. I will revisit it again tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Poet's Walk Hillside- 12"x15"- gelatin monoprint, mixed media

This is a new combination of mediums I am using to capture the Fall colors and forms as I am seeing what surrounds me in the Hudson Valley during the prime season of the year around here. People come from all around to see the showcase of colors each Fall. It is the very beginning of the show.

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Nude #296- 25"x35"- watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper


This is a larger than usual size. I do like working on a large scale. It's easier to put down what I see. My armstrokes are an integral part of my process.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Nude #294- 12"x16"- watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

Something that I do sometimes is to create contrast between the details of the nudes and the bold shapes of colors in the background.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Nude #291- 12"x12" with matte- gouache, graphite, silver leaf on cardboard

This is one of three in this genre of graphite, gouache and silver leaf on cardboard. The first is Nude #255. They hang really nicely together as a threesome....tomorrow I'll post the third.



Artswalk is the annual show in town and all Artists can show at the Pocketbook Factory open show. There are curated shows, performances, videos and photography. At the newly renovated Cannonball Factory there was a juried show and opening dinner party and auction in a dazzling raw space.


I cleared, cleaned and painted and set up a "gorilla gallery" in a room in my basement that was perfect to hang my paintings, which is what you see below....


I painted these back in March.

I was so happy to meet people that came to my studio and are patrons of the Arts and my Art! It was educational to talk to people I have not met before but who have followed my work on this blog and DPG site. It really is a pleasure to get the feedback in person and to see the face as opposed to the comments box on my blog. Don't get me wrong- I appreciate those just as much and please keep those coming.That is what is so cool about the blog- the interaction.
Well I am beat now from all the excitement and labor I put into this past week which was about a month of prep work. It is time to start conjuring the next creation .... Hudson's "Winter Walk" - maybe a show of my landscapes and some Holiday cards for sale......

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Nude #289- 12"x16"- watercolor, gouache, pastel & graphite on paper

Even though I love to add pattern to my backgrounds, I also love what a bold solid block of color does for a painting. The red that I put in the background also does a funny trick with the red in her hair. It flattens the painting. It also creates a one-ness with the model. At first I was not sure if I would add in a pattern over the red or not, so I stared at it for a few days. Now I've decided that I like the simple boldness of RED in big areas. I have always loved Matisse's "Red Studio", which coincidently, a friend of mine mentions on yesterday's comments to my blog.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Nude #287-18"x23"- watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite on paper


I have been anxious to get back into adding pattern to some of the backgrounds of my nudes. On this one I let the stencil overlap on to her body a little bit. It seemed to call out for this blending of foreground and background. Erasing the edge of part of her and blurring the reality of her arm.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Nude #286- 12"x12" paste + graphite on gessoed paper

This is the second of the pair that I spoke of last night. They were sketched consecutively on gesso coated paper. I was experimenting with different surfaces.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Nude #285- 12"x12" pastel + graphite on gesso coated paper

This nude is one of a pair. I first gessoed the colored paper and as you can see the texture of the gesso plays a strong role in the end result. I like the way there is a suggestion of a veil over her mouth.

Monday, October 01, 2007