Monthly Archives: June 2013

Study: Making ‘The Call’ Part 3

The under-painting is now finished. The next update will occur after the under-painting is thoroughly dry and a substantial amount of modeling and local color have been added. Part 2. Part 1. Part 4 Finished painting

Oil Paint Brands Update 6/30/2013

This is my second update to the Oil Paint Brands post (a compendium of information about oil paint producers). Blue Ridge has proved to be a reliable producer and they have supplanted Windsor Newton as my day-to-day paint. Their paint is excellent and I had a bad experience with WN. Recently I bought two 200…

In the Studio 6/30/2013

One unfinished oil–Boat Hook–and two watercolors. “Boat Hook” is almost finished. The two watercolors are large (for watercolors). The bottom one (California coast) should be finished soon.

“Why?” (do you visit the museum so often)

A professional from Guadalajara visiting Cleveland for the first time was enthusing about the city’s many attractions, especially the art museum. “It’s magnificent–world class,” she exclaimed! “The Rubens, the Velasquez, the Goya…,”  she rattled-off several more masterpieces she’d seen. “I know,” I nodded, “I visit the museum every week.” “Every week? But, WHY,” the astonished art lover…

In the Studio 6/23/2013

Not much to report this time as I’ve been under the weather. The small landscape is part of a Rockies-based series. I own a small property in Colorado but I don’t get out there often. If I moved away from the water, I would head for the mountains. The painting in the upper-right was finished…

Review: Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas by Eric Fischl

The contemporary figurative artist Eric Fischl has written, with the aid of  Michael Stone, his autobiography–Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas. Because Fischl’s work stands to the side of several currents in contemporary art, he has a (mild) reputation as a rebel. His lifestyle, according to this book, is one of pop-culture…

In the Studio 6/16/2013

Here are three paintings I’ve started.  The drawings for the bottom two were recently finished. All three are in the under-painting stage. These deviate somewhat from the more strict under-painting demonstrated in the ‘The Call.’ In that painting, the under-painting is restricted to neutrals, whereas in these the local color (still well towards neutral, however)…

Review: Virgie Ezelle Patton at William Busta Gallery

The works in Virgie Ezelle Patton’s show at William Busta span the last two decades. That’s a lot of time to cover in a typical exhibition, but not enough time for a retrospective, especially for an artist born in 1928. All works on view were done after the artist reached 65. I mention this because…