Monthly Archives: February 2017

Studio journal 2/26/17

I’m late posting this journal entry.  I actually posted a later version of the bottom painting, Girl in the Lavender Dress.  That painting plus the painting on the easel, Break, are both in the Playhouse Square series. Break is 40″ x 50.”

Winter rain

It’s unusual to get rain showers in February in NE Ohio.  Normally, the only precipitation we experience this time of year is snow–a lot of it.  But the warm weather, 70+, was accompanied by driving, slashing rain. My son urged me to test the low-light capabilities of my new Nikon D750 camera.  Have a look. This flashless photo…

New painting, underpainting

Today, I finished the underpainting for the new painting Girl in the Lavender Dress. I based the design on several photos taken around Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, so the painting is part of the Playhouse Square series.  Girl in the Lavender Dress, after my second session, is on the easel in this photo.  On the Square, another…

Studio journal 2/21/17

I’ve always approached painting as a process of carving away and revealing, the way I imagine a sculptor approaches sculpting.  Not modeling but carving.  I bring this up because this unfinished painting, Sub Rosa, is a pretty good example of my approach.   There are many ways to talk about painting, of course.  I used to talk about…

Studio journal 2/18/17

On the Square is 48″ x 60,” which is big for me.  On the Square is part of the Playhouse Square series.  I think the three figures in the center-rear sitting at a table are done.  It’s the only part of the painting that is finished.  I tend to work from back to front and,…

Review: Utrecht oils

It’s hard for me to understand this but until this week I never used Utrecht brand oils.  I’m not sure why this is.  I’ve visited their shops in NYC and Cleveland and ordered plenty of other things from them.  True, I was disappointed with the easel I bought from them, but that was recent and doesn’t explain…

Grumpy review: RGH website

I placed a paint order on RGH’s website, and the agile boys at RGH promptly shipped two 250 ml jars of Paynes gray to me.  Unfortunately, I’d ordered two 250 ml jars of flake white.  I probably haven’t used more than 40ml of Payne’s gray in the past five years. I checked the RGH website.  Sure…

Studio journal 2/12/17

I spent the day working on Picnic.  I’ve written before about how I stalled out on Picnic.  The issue was predominately the background figures.  I put them in; I took them out; I put them back in again. I use ultramarine violet a lot, it’s especially useful for cool grays.  I used ultramarine violet on the shirt of the guy at the…