I like this one!

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.

This weekend

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. 

Behold!

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.

My show opens in 10 days

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.

This is the one that I think will work out. Set in the same room as Dreams of the Abandoned. I have yet to paint the woodwork (currently blue), the clothing, a mask on the man in profile – Venetian, I think – and then add shadow on the figures as they're backlit. That's a longer list than I expected. Damn. 

This is the one that I think will work out. Set in the same room as Dreams of the Abandoned. I have yet to paint the woodwork (currently blue), the clothing, a mask on the man in profile – Venetian, I think – and then add shadow on the figures as they're backlit. That's a longer list than I expected. Damn. 

I think this one might work out as well. All the red is underpainting for white. I like the red to show through a bit. 

I think this one might work out as well. All the red is underpainting for white. I like the red to show through a bit. 

I fear this one won't work out – this isn't even what it really looks like, I put a gray layer over it in photoshop excepting the bright area where they're lighting the cigarette. I wanted to see how it would look before painting it. Mostly because I can't paint it until it dries more.

I fear this one won't work out – this isn't even what it really looks like, I put a gray layer over it in photoshop excepting the bright area where they're lighting the cigarette. I wanted to see how it would look before painting it. Mostly because I can't paint it until it dries more.

Worked all weekend

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. 

This one might be finished. Have to look at it more later.

This one might be finished. Have to look at it more later.

This is a small one, a 12x12". Pretty happy with it, I think.

This is a small one, a 12x12". Pretty happy with it, I think.

Another 12x12". I'll paint in the webbing when the red dries a bit. 

Another 12x12". I'll paint in the webbing when the red dries a bit. 

I"m revisiting this image. It's not working in daylight, however. I'll have to change it to dusk.

I"m revisiting this image. It's not working in daylight, however. I'll have to change it to dusk.

Another 12x12" - obviously unfinished. The big hand needs work. But I like the ear.

Another 12x12" - obviously unfinished. The big hand needs work. But I like the ear.