I worked on both these paintings again today. I was nicely able to short circuit my "higher" brain functions today at the right times, and was digging deep. Well satisfied with how they are going. Still a way to go, but not too much, hopefully.
Started a new painting after I did a sketch from one of my photographs.
What pulled me is the expression of anxious uncertainty the juggler has. It was all an act of course, but I am painting as if the emotion was real.
Today I put aside my "Intruder!" painting and worked on my latest street scene. As ever, I try to keep the style of the spontaneous start. I stuck a list of reminders on the wall behind my easel to help. (see below)
70 x 50 cm - oil on canvas
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The list is from the book Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel
This painting is beginning to raise my pulse. It is really going where I had hoped, though I would be hard pressed to describe where that is! Maybe something about fixing the viewer with a suspicion of mystery. Of course, I feel very connected to the subject ;). It is always difficult to imagine what others feel looking at my paintings.
It is by no means finished but it already has the feeling I want.
David Pringle (@dpringle on Twitter) has organized, for the second time, an exchange of artworks between artists. He collects names and addresses of participating artists and then randomly attributes destinations where each artist will send his work on the date set in advance. This time round the deadline for posting is 17th of November.
If you want to keep an eye out for a next round of artswap or follow the pictures of the art as he puts them up visit David Pringle's site
This is my contribution, we are asked not to reveal the destination. I have packed the painting and will post it this wednesday.
Whenever I get self-indulgent in my studio, for example, being unsatisfied with the extent of my success as a painter as I was for a while this afternoon, I have only to look up to the right of my easel to see this guy looking at me with, his attentive, intense gaze. No indulgence here but maybe a little compassion?
He tells me that I should re-focus on the present and get on with my painting: Trust the process.
And presently, that is what I do... after a while.
I will be trying to do 8 or 10 new smaller paintings for mid-December, in time for the local Christmas market. It may be a bit ambitious, as I will want to continue with my "normal" paintings as well, but it's a target.
Here is the first new one, a nocturne, that will need one more session.
Some of the white spots are shiny paint but some are actual pinholes in the paint that I will have to fix..
I started a new painting today, a vineyard landscape at sunset.
I painted the the canvas a peachy light orange as an under coat which is the dominant color of the sky. The foreground from mountains on down is too light , I am building up the darkness. The vines will be a rich dark with occasional gold/green/orange highlights on the leaves with some deep blues and purples in the darkest shadows. All this against a sky going from a light violet blue at top passing through a light subdued yellow to finish above the mountains in deeper orange. A few sparse streaky clouds will come out of the right sky towards the center.
I am continuing to advance on this sunny street scene from my neighborhood but slowly. I'm building it up by feeling on the colors, after having drawn in the main features and relative tone values. The red under painting is still coming through quite stongly, but will become less dominant as the painting advances. While painting,I dwell on the persistent feeling of strong sun on the facades facing left and deep shade in those facing right. The mountain in the distance has it's gullies in deep shade as well.
50 x 70 cm oil on canvas
At the same time I felt a need to have more than one painting going to be able to switch when the steam runs out. I find it a good way to keep myself stimulated. I started a new canvas, drawing the features in charcoal, and after spraying a fixative laid down a few patches ogf color to get the feel. It is a house on a canal in the late evening with the facade and canal fairly dark and the interior lights glowing in the the windows of house.
A dark arch or tunnel enters the building at left, and a door gives access by way of steps to the canal at right. The facade is much too light for the moment, and when darkened should bring out the warm seductive glow coming from inside.
Here is another revisit to an old painting. It was originally painted in February 2008. I think my instincts were good but of course my technique was less able to translate my vision at the time. So rather than trash the painting, as the subject still seems good , I decided to revive it.
The original was painted in acrylic on canvas. The size is 60 x 80 cm. Nothing fundemental has changed but the play of light is much better now. I still haven't determined exactly how to best treat the patch at the end of the path yet.
The revival is in oils directly on top of the acrylic which I lighty sanded to roughen the surface and better hold the oils.
The revival is not quite finished yet but the comparison is already telling.