Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My blog is doing funny things.

Hi Y'all,
My blog is acting funny. It's re-posting old posts every day, and today is the second day in a row. I don't know why it is doing that. If anyone can tell me how to fix it, I'd be grateful to know.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Iris Lady

Title: "Iris Lady"
Genre: Figure, portrait
Medium: Acrylic on Centurion linen panel
Size: 8x8 inches

This was an experiment with glazing. Every time I try glazing I end up concluding I like it in part, but not completely. I like to put down an alla prima composition, and then enhance it wth glaze or with scumbling. Acrylics layer beautifully, but it's always a question of doing it one's own way.

This was also an experiment with a new palette, and to see if I could wrestle that unruly cerulean blue into civility. Also a color I hadn't used in a long while: dioxazine purple. Both colors are extremely strong and can completely overwhelm the composition, so I had to be on my guard with them. The other colors are cadmium red light, yellow oxide, Matisse red light (cold and similar to napthol crimson) , burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue. 

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


Title: "Moonflowers"
Medium: Acrylic on Raymar museum quality panel
Size: 12 x 12 inches
The copyright notiee does NOT appear on the original painting.

This is a newer version of my painting "Moon Garden" which was only 6x6 inches. I wanted the moon and the fairy to be engaged in a conversation, while the second fairy is off thinking her own thoughts. The fairy's wings have been purposely blended in to her body; after all it's not just a costume. The 2nd fairy has more conventional wings; you can't tell whether they're really growing out of her back, or not.

Since the moon presents such a strong diagonal, I put in the fairy's flowing hair and the floating pansies as a counteractive thrust. I'm using glazes more, which allows for more richness and depth in the color.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"The Moon Underwater"

"The Moon Underwater"

Size: 10 x 10 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Raymar panel

The Moon and the fish are definitely having a conversation. The Fish is feeling insecure, and has asked the Moon for advice. Some of the advice, the fish is willing to take and agrees with, but he's unsure about the remainder of it.

About my use of color:

People ask me about my color sense. It's intuitive. Also I use a limited pallette. Very, very limited. For example the Moon Underwater piece so far has only 3 colors: thalo blue (red shade), burnt sienna, and cadmium red light. With such a limited palette, it's easier to tune in to my intuition. I can feel it more distinctly. For example, I may get a definite urge to introduce another specific color. Since there aren't very many colors there already, a fourth color isn't going to cause too much disharmony. However, if there is too much color disharmony, I get a definite feeling of discomfort. I don't know if that helps anyone. I think that intuition is a wonderful tool for artists.

The palette for the above painting is: burnt sienna, cad red light, thalo blue (reddish) and a touch of cadmium orange, along with some black and some white. 

I'm pretty comfortable with color but when it comes to values I feel that is my weakest area, and I need to keep plugging away at it.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Underwater Moon, UNFINISHED Work in Progress

Here are two stages in my newest work, "Underwater Moon." Acrylic on 10x10 Raymar panel. Totally loving these panels!

1. Below: It's all laid out, but I think the Moon looks too grumpy.

2. Below: After a good night's shining, the Moon is more rested and refreshed, and this is the face he will wear henceforth in the painting. He's a little ruddy, but I like a healthy glow in a moon. The fish will probably remain grumpy. You know how fish can get.

So far I've only used thalo blue (the reddish kind) and burnt sienna and cadmium red light. It has lots of color harmony. I'd like to find some way to add just the slightest tone of dissonance, like a 7th, or 9th chord in music.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Key to the Sea

My experiment with straight realism results: I like it on other people. I have to be me. Back to the whimsical, back to the imaginative, back to what wants to come through me.

"The Key to the Sea"
11x14 acrylic on Raymar panel

Monday, February 03, 2014

Seahorse study

"Seahorse Study"
Acrylic on panel
Size: 7x5 inches
Genre: animals

As I mentioned before, I'm embarking on an exploration of straight realism. My goals are to paint faster, learn about glazing, and improve sense of structure and of gesture. This one is glazed. I used pthalo blue, which is so strong a color that it can quite take over a painting if you're not careful. That and pthalo turquoise are two colors I never could quite control. The other colors are yellow oxide, alizarin crimson, and cadmium red medium, plus titanium white and ivory black.