A bit of a theme. Neither are finished yet.
A bit of a theme. Neither are finished yet.
I've started diagramming my paintings:
I have two more 'doubled' paintings in process. Neither are finished, and I have some interesting graphic ideas for them.
I think this one is pretty much finished. I have some more thoughts about it, but not sure they fit. I'm going to try to get a good photo of it this weekend. I've also been working on the one below – from a photo I took at the Tate Modern. the figures will be largely in silhouette.
Worked on this some more. Salomé dancing while Herod and Herodias watch with John the Baptist, head and body separate, to the side. When it dries, I'll paint Salomé's veils. They'll be long and read and obscure some of what you see here.
Finished Adoration of the Magi this weekend. This is a terrible photo, but you get the gist.
Also did a small piece - 12 x 12". Salome with the head of John the Baptist. I worked on the hair more after this photo.
A modern take on the wise men visiting Mary and baby Jesus. I'm going to put halos on Mary and Jesus and then it should be finished. We'll see.
I'll be showing at the Pancakes and Booze Art Show this year! Come by and have a pancake.
The little fly in the ointment is that they don't want pieces larger than 36".... which most of mine are. Wonder if I have time for a new one before February 24....
I've been feeling a bit on ennui recently. Maybe it's the show coming down, who knows. But I'm finally excited about a painting. He's holding a splinter of the Holy Cross in his prosthetic. The banner will say so. Perhaps in Latin. Possible title: Reliquary.
In the post-show, post-Trump letdown, I've been making this. The photo is pretty bad, the colors really off on the left, but you get the idea. This one is more restrained color-wise than usual, reflecting my dark mood.
Got sick last weekend and mostly worked on drawings for future paintings. But I did get this one drawn on the canvas. I hope to get a good start painting it this weekend.
I had been unhappy with the lower portion of this painting, so I finally sanded that part down and repainted - new underpants and a new third hand. And I added the cigarette smoke. I feel it's much more successful now.
Worked on two pieces this weekend - a new one with much smaller figures, which I don't really like painting. But I persevered and I think it's going OK. I still have the clown's face to finish. The other is a commission, a portrait of mother and daughter. I have the composition and underpainting done. Will work on it more after it dries.
This guy is the little one. The canvas is 20 x 28"-ish.
The opening went well - lots of people. A lot of people I didn't know. Lots of questions and some interest in buying. (We'll see about that.) Thank you Center on Halsted for showing my work!
It was very interesting to see 14 of my paintings all hung together - I never get to experience them that way. The lighting is unforgiving, I need to be more careful with impasto and perhaps I should varnish them when they're finished. Lots to learn.
I also started the critique class at SAIC last night. I need to learn to talk and write about my work better. It's time to apply to the Chicago Cultural Center! And I know my artspeak is weak. I brought this piece in - it's still a bit wet, I worked on it Sunday and Monday. I think it's going well - the light quality suggests an oncoming storm. Perhaps I need more darks. And! Big hand.
I'm still working on a couple pieces. I don't think one of them is going to work out, but I'm pretty sure another definitely will – if I don't manage to fuck it up.
Starting to feel a bit anxious about the upcoming show. Painted all weekend, but there still seems like there's so much left to do. Arg.
Got a bit more done on this one. When the red is dry, I'll do the white. I think the fence will be fancy.
While the other one is drying, I started this one. I love how coquettish he looks.
Worked on three paintings this weekend - two 12 x 12" of young men and a 22 x 28" that's part of the mid century group. All the red is underpainting, and on the mid century one, it's ALL underpainting.
No title yet. I love the french bulldog in the luchador's lap.
My show – opening on September 30 at The Center on Halsted – is really starting to take shape. Still have a lot of work to do!