Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two Paintings of the Same Subject

I recently completed two paintings of the same–exact same–subject. These self-portraits were started at roughly the same time and both recently finished. Why two paintings on the same subject? Technical reasons! No, really. I wanted to compare two mediums and determined the best ways was to test them on the same subject. The smaller one…

In the Studio 5/26/2013

This large painting (6′ x 8′) is a pain to work on in my somewhat cramped studio. Don’t get me wrong, I love my studio overlooking the lake, but compared to my last studio in Indian Mills, NJ, it’s small. Large paintings like this one are difficult to move and store. One thing interesting about…

Study: Making the Painting ‘The Call’

I thought it would be interesting to follow a painting from start to finish. The subject is a woman making a call on her cell phone, hence the title–The Call. 1. Mechanics The 36″ x 48″ painting is on cotton canvas. I primed it (I nearly always prime my own canvases) with three layers of…

In the Studio 5-19-2013

Here’s a photo of paintings I’ve worked on during the past few days. The one on the upper-right–‘Woman in Wine-Colored Blouse’–is nearly done (knock wood!). The palette in the foreground contains an assortment of neutrals I use, along with several values of burnt sienna (for flesh).

Boating Season Underway on Lake Erie

Today was the first real day of the boating season. Pleasure boats and fishing boats dotted the lake as if it was midsummer. Here’s the view from the studio: After a painting session in the morning, my son John-Parker and I went to the slip where The Betty Jane is moored for the season. Here…

In the Studio 5/12/2013

Here’s a photo of ‘Lower East Side,’ a large (5′ x 6′) painting currently in progress. It’s about (roughly) my studio in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It was before 9-11 so the World Trade Center still stood. I had a great view to lower Manhattan, as you can see from the detail through the window.…

Gary Bukovnik: Forever Spring at Bonfoey Gallery

Yesterday, my son, John-Parker, was incredulous when I told him I didn’t have a favorite among my paintings. “Being an artist,” I told him, “is similar to being a musician. Sometimes I’m the composer and the theme is very important. Other times I am the performer and don’t care about the subject as much, but focus on…

In the Studio May 5th, 2013

Here’s a photo of some recent work. The winter scene is from a terrific storm some years ago in Trenton/Princeton, NJ. Now that the weather is warming, I can bring myself to take up a winter subject. Behind the winter subject is the beginnings of a new painting. I’ve finished just a small portion of…