On the easel this week….and last

The thing I miss most about being an art student is the Salon. Of course, I’ve surrounded myself with loved ones devoted to my talents, but bless their hearts, their ability to critique work on its own merits always ends in the “discussion” in which I’m encouraged to paint like I used to. And then, without delay, I paint something unworldly …. Well I’m at the stage in the creative process of this piece DSCF2823where I think I’m a horrible, terrible, very bad painter…..in other words, about to turn the corner.
I’ve yet to come up with a title, and may not write a statement about this piece for a few days, but I expect to finish it shortly. It’s oil on canvas and measures 18” x 24”.
Does anyone know of any online Salons….where artists constructively comment on each other’s work? (And yes, I know you can pay for that service on Deviant art, but it’s more fun and infinitely more satisfying when there’s a give and take, don’t you agree?)

Is any painting ever really done?

Things Are Exactly As They Appear_2014_acrylic on canvas_24 x 30
At the suggestion of a fellow artist, who couldn’t tell that there was a gun in the pocket of the hoodie, and that one hand was too large, that it’s size didn’t fit the perspective……I went back and made some adjustments. Then, I spent the next few weeks trying to document it.

“Summer in Gaza” ….Bombs in a Landscape?

Night Glow, 2014, an oil on canvas over acrylic, 18″ x 24″

DSCF2711This gave me such fits, until it was finally complete and varnished – I couldn’t get a good photograph until it was dry.  I’m happy except there’s just something about the colors I used that added years to my granddaughter’s age….I’m sure, now that I’ve announced it complete, that its the brown skin tones around her eyes….argh.  Paint and Learn.

A Crow in Rome

Several fellow artists are studying and painting in Rome this month.  This weekend I received an email with a *.jpg attached and this short message:  “took this pic with you in mind…”

“Night Glow” drying on the easel.

I’m ready to move on, but I may go back to this after I spend some time with it, while its drying.  It had its challenges, mostly that I had to deal with self-imposed heavy brush marks on the surface that made dealing with skin tones a task.

Painting a Portrait of My Granddaughter–a work in progress

I couldn’t, or wouldn’t, indeed, I didn’t want to paint a portrait without a story…in this case I had a canvas that I started some time ago which included a nighttime planetary glow….and then I had this photo I intended to work from of my granddaughter petting a kangaroo. The kangaroo would have been under her outstretched hand. Creating the lighting under a darkened sky is a challenge–well, I’m working on it.