Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yellow Roses (no.86)

8" x 8" x 3/4", oil on masonite

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The last few weeks have been hectic so I've unfortunately had to sweep painting under the rug to make time for the rest.  Namely I have been devoting time to making prints available on my Etsy shop as well as trying to promote that as much as possible, but there have been numerous other unseen situations along the way (including an impromptu tooth extraction, that was fun).  Usually an 8x8 painting takes me about 1-2 days to complete, however this one, being composed of multiple 20 min. sessions, lasted the course of 2 weeks. 

It was a really beautiful scene I was eager to paint as soon as I shot it, but, as seems to be the normal outcome now, the more simple and fun it looks to paint the more deceptively difficult it is.  In this case, the vase was the major point of frustration, quickly changing from the feature I was rushing everything else to get to, to the bane of my existence.  I think it might just be these types of glass in particular as the vase, similar to this one, in my last white flower painting, was also trying on my patience. 

Either way, though I am fairly happy with the final product, this painting was a challenge for me, and I don't really know why.  Paintings are poison apples: you never know which bite is going to be the wrong one, and for me it seems the most delicious looking are almost always the deadliest...and I am a guy dressed like Snow White with a paintbrush.  Just picture that...



This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):




Thursday, September 6, 2012

Figs (no.85)

8" x 7.75" x 3/4", oil on masonite

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I found these while at a farmer's market in Belmont, MA and thought they would be good opportunity to move away from my usual muted palette and experiment with color.  They were one crate I picked out of many, and forthcoming pieces will also feature flowers and fruit/vegetables from this visit.  

Some of these colors, namely cadmium yellow and cadmium orange, had dust on them and the linseed oil had become unbound from the pigment and leaked out the sides (from non-use).  Another great reminder of why I find importance in this exercise: I am unafraid to try colors that haven't even once appeared in older conceptual pieces.  Not that I didn't still feel self conscious about using these rainbow colors, but it was lot of fun.  

The figs themselves were extremely difficult to paint and required a lot of slowing down when I got frustrated and carefully planning each stroke until I felt comfortable again (a helpful technique I picked up from a fellow painter Simon Shawn Andrews in a recent blog post about crashing and burning, and pacing yourself to avoid it).  They share the frosted characteristic of the skin of plums but are a more grey-blue hue, and the challenge was using alot of white to give them that frosted look while maintaining the underlying form and making sure they didn't fall flat.  Did I succeed at this?  I don't know, that's for you to decide.  I've been staring at it so long I can barely recognize them as fruit anymore.



This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Black Cherries In White Bowl (no.84)

8" x 7.88" x 3/4", oil on masonite

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This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):