Friday, March 28, 2008

15" x 20.5"
Mixed media on wood

Comparatively speaking, this is a small piece.  In fact, I can't remember the last time I painted a jewel.  I've been working on larger pieces for the show coming up in June.  I feel like I'm behind.  I've been putting a lot of hours in at the easel lately, and I think that that along with my sinus infection , has caused me to feel a little spent.    

We received sad news yesterday.  There was an unexpected death in the family.  D's Uncle, Bruce.  He was an artist, and one hell of one at that.  I was lucky to have met him on our honeymoon in Italy.  As a wedding gift he let us choose an oil pastel drawing.  What a great day that was... the dogs Lampo and Luna were there, along with  Principe Nero, their cat.  All of them were trying to "help" us.   We pulled out all sorts of  treasures from his studio, setting them all out in the backyard to look at.  Then came the hard part, trying to pick just one.   

He was one hell of an artist.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"There and Back Again"
17" diameter round
Mixed media on wood

If you've ever been on my blog, or seen any of my other pieces you know I'm a big fan of texture. Many a museum security guard has gotten their hackles up when I approached a Van Gogh, hands safely clasped behind my back, nose inches from the canvas.  I love studying his brushstrokes,  trying to figure out his process.  He is not the only artist I do this for.  I just need to see what's going on under there!  

There's a lot of texture on this piece.  

The name of this piece originates in how the piece came together.  It began as a commissioned piece, long ago.  When I had the custom panel made, I had 4 more made.  There were a few dead ends with this piece, so I began anew with another panel and ultimately used that as the final commissioned piece.  So this piece headed one direction, then another, then another and finally, headed the direction from whence it came.  So it's been, say it with me kids, "there and back again".  

Monday, March 10, 2008

36" x 36" (diptych)
Mixed media on stretched canvas

I went "crazy with the cheez-whiz" on this one... (Beck fans, anyone?)  Three boxes, screen, lots of texture, and copper leaf.  I feel like I'm finally honing my technique.    

Thursday, March 06, 2008

No painting to post today.  I continued work on a diptych for my upcoming show in June.  I need to really bust my butt to get about 10-15 paintings finished for that show.  Today I did a bit of work on the diptych, and then I reorganized a bit.  I pulled all my paints, brushes, additives etc. out of the wood boxes I kept them in, and put them on a wheeled cart I use in the garage studio.  Now I can actually SEE all my stuff laid out in front of me.  It doesn't sound like much, but I'm a bit of a neat freak, and to be organized really helps me focus.  I think it was an unconscious (subconscious?) way of getting down to business for that show.  It also occurred to me that I need to do some larger work for that show, at least one of about 5 or 6 feet to kind of anchor it.

I hope to finish the diptych by the end of next week.  

Monday, March 03, 2008

"Two Blue"
18" x 36"
Mixed media on canvas

What's this? Working the horizontal? Say whaaaaaa? 'Tis true.  Of course, I had to go vertical in the imagery of the piece.  I also worked the texture a lot on this painting, but left areas where the weave of the canvas is still visible.