Saturday, June 2, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I made these paintings at the Dulwich Art group studio in Denmark Hill London. The lighting there is interesting - sometimes a little harsh - but bright and illuminating of the model's skin tones to the point of brilliance. Among London artists, the buzz and the work happening is decidedly more "modern", more inventive than the sometimes dreary classical realism which seems prevalent in NYC
at the moment and I feel like I profited somewhat from the influences around me in the studio. Whether I want to continue in this particular vein, I am not sure, but I have come back to Brooklyn with lots of ideas and a determination to be less precious about my work and more brave in trying new things.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Saturday, December 2, 2017
This quick morning study is an experiment with a colorful background, in this case pink. The first paint strokes were difficult to read because they slid around on the rather smooth surface and the skintones were the same sort of color and value as the background. But I think it got better with thicker paint. I had a dark shadow color at first, but in the end I wiped it out and let the pink show through. Definitely an uncomfortable choice.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
I have been looking around at the blogs of friends - and others - who make artwork and I love reading a little something about their work or life on each post. So I have decided to do the same.
The painting above is done in gouache - a medium I used to use to create textile designs, but haven't touched in many years. Living in a rented flat in London at the moment, I am hesitant to paint with oils for fear of making an indelible mark on something, so I bought a few tubes of gouache, which is water based and easier to clean up. The painting above is a first effort. The scene is in Ruskin Park, South London at sunset. I made an effort to use the gouache as much like oil paint as possible, given their differences, and found that apart from the globs of paint drying too quickly on the palette, I could actually layer and manipulate it in a way that felt rather painterly.