I have been painting again and have 3 new paintings to share.
I did these paintings in response.
I am running through my older art works and making a catalog. Tedious but it is nice to document some that are starting to wear due to storage issues. My drawings are the most affected but some of my earliest attempts at painting are quite fragile – done in pastels, acrylics and oils on old canvas or sign-painter’s linen. The most fragile are in rolls.
Oil Pastels and Oil from the 1980′s
1980s: Oils on linen – a lot of these are self-portraits, images of friends and some imaginary scenes. I was an editorial illustrator at this time and it affected my work.
Acrylic: Balcony Triptych – 1993 – this effort has been referred to as my opus. I painted this when my son was little – when he was napping. It took a year. I was really into gardening and from this passion I had to pay homage to my crazy balcony. I think this shows it at its most beautiful.
Acrylic: Cold Clear Morning Triptych – 2006 – this painting was worked on from a number of painting sketches I did one winter while visiting my parents. This is the view from their sun porch – a painter’s dream studio.
It is fun for me to wander through all this work. A lot of my earlier work is realist and now I do abstract most of the time. I haven’t had may art shows. Some of these have been in shows. Because I do both abstract and realism I can never see the two in a show together and I am not the most prolific of artists.
When asked if I am showing this year I can honestly say I really have no interest or plans – maybe next year. It seems to take a lot of extra effort that isn’t where I want to spend my time. Promotion is key and getting people out to see them. This is a common failing for artists.
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If you’ve ever been intrigued by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s monstrous portraits of composite heads made entirely of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other objects, then American artist/director Philip Haas’ Four Seasons is for you. Haas has reimagined the 16th century painter's series Four Seasons as four large-scale sculptures standing over 15 feet high, one representing Spring, another Summer, Autumn, and lastly, Winter.
Cedar Grove 2013 – 16 x 20 in – oil on canvas board
Sometimes i wonder is I am working against myself. I could have done an acrylic painting. I thought an oil painting would be better appreciated. However the high humidity of the past 6 weeks has really become an issue. I have it outside in the sun trying to dry. If anyone has any hints on what I can do so I can frame it – please advise. I do have another 5 weeks before I hand it over. I have a frame ready. No time to varnish it of course.
I am doing this for my niece – for her wedding. This cluster of cedars are beside her parents’ country home. They are older than I am and as time passes so will they. I thought they would be a nice reflection for her in her new home in the United States.
I find selling my art, very entertaining. Watching the buyer’s face and expression, listening to their comments – wonderful. They ‘love a piece’, ‘it doesn’t say anything to them’, ‘they are taken to some place by my art’ – it is all good. I enjoy presenting my art. It may be a hangover from my illustration days. Talking to the Editors or Designers at Newspapers, Magazines and Publishers was always entertaining and when the work was done the atmosphere was celebratory. Many of my paintings are stored or haven’t been up on my walls for a year or two. I enjoy bringing out samples for the client to see.
I don’t understand the current concern [in some eyes] that an artists older art is less interesting. It is true for me that often I will not return to the concerns or style of past work – but that doesn’t make it less in some way. I may return to that idea or application – it isn’t unheard of nor is it forbidden.
This week I sold two paintings and the experience was as purely blissful as it was painting them. Both buyers were clearly in love and saw the paintings in their space, eager to get home. Here are the 2 pieces. They come from my series Rhythms – Earth and Sky 2012. #1 & #5 Acrylic on Canvas
I had 3 great classes this Fall. I hope to have 4 in the New Year. Two will finish the week before the Christmas holiday time and one is over. The completed class was about abstract painting. The class was dynamic and most of the original 15 stayed for the whole session. Some students came with design and art backgrounds and a few came with no prior art instruction. It is hard to tell the difference as the beginners worked very hard and hounded the more advanced with questions and admiration. Most were trying out abstraction for the 1st time so they all struggled.
Here are a few pieces they produced.
Some of the students reworked their images many times – I was quite impressed with their creativity, determination and resourcefulness.
The assignments for the Fall were Texture, Colour and Collage. I am working on new assignments for the Winter Class in Abstraction. Some of my students are returning and I have to create new areas to explore. As Gulnaz said, ” the field is vast.”
I have my 1st Realism Class in January and am quite excited. We will be turning personal photos into paintings – an interior, a landscape and a portrait. I was hoping for an Oil Painting Class but the school asked for Acrylic. I made sure the class description mentioned Modern Realism so we can be playful. It is more a class about composition and design elements than realism.
We have this big storm coming. It has been pretty unpleasant around here for a few days. Tomorrow the storm known as Sandy comes here after hitting NYC and surroundings. Its making me into a hermit. Walking the dog this morning – at least the winds have given us fresh air - the cold has made it brisk and exciting.
Once more in my apt. overlooking the suburbs and downtown, with the weather rolling by my large windows, I paint. The sunsets and the sunrises are very beautiful. The Fall colours are still around – not the bleak leafless look of winter – not yet. The sky is my inspiration for a lot of acrylic paintings. The studio is pretty dark with all the cloud cover – the images are not 100% in colour and brightness.
Enjoy if you can.
I walk my dog and I take my camera with me – some days. I’ve been trying to work with inspirational images and improve my compositions. You all remember we had a pretty hot summer and when it rained it was a blessed relief. I caught this image first thing in the morning – commuters off to work and this lone pigeon getting a drink in the remains of the morning shower, as it drained away.
This is the beginning stage. It is a 24″x 24″ gallery canvas – in oils.
Working on my son’s portrait was fun – kind of. He was supportive. I tried not to get too tight – like with Jenn’s piece. Yes it is stylized. There is some connection, in style, to a self-portrait I did in the 80′s. I ‘see’ [and depict] certain aspects with more focus, than have a classically trained eye. I actually like the flaws.