aesthetics

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…

In the studio 7/24/16

I’ve nearly finished the underpainting of Man Pushing a Baby Carriage.   I showed the initial drawing for this painting in a recent post.   By underpainting, I mean the first sessions during which I start modeling the dark tones and apply local colors.  I use the neutral ground for lights, as on the shoulders of…

In the studio 3/20/16

I made progress on Euclid Avenue I this morning.  Progress on the 48″ x 60″ painting has been slow at times.  This canvas is from a stock of ‘professional grade’ canvases I bought some time back.  The surfaces on these ‘professional grade’ canvases are very poor–execrable.  I’ve had to spend a lot of time correcting them and still the…

In the studio 3/6/16

The Break is 40″ x 50″. I stretched a lot of 40″ x 50″ canvases last year and The Break is one of them. Some of the background is done, but the painting still has a long way to go. My medium dries very quickly, as I’ve written before. Its only limitation is that its fast…

In the studio 2/21/16

Several busy days in the studio.  I worked on 10-12 paintings over the past few days, including Sunday Parade.  Sunday Parade is finally locked into a good place (even though I still haven’t settled on its name). It felt like I was pushing it uphill for a long time.  I’m on the downward side now. Artists…

I missed London’s National Gallery’s exhibit, Goya: The Portraits

I have always liked Goya. During my printmaking period, Goya’s prints were constantly before my mind. The highlight of my visit to New York’s Metropolitan last year was a Goya painting. This fall I hoped to attend London’s National Gallery’s exhibit, Goya: The Portraits. Unfortunately, I was not able to join my daughter in England where she was studying, and, so, missed the exhibition…

In the studio 11/1/15

The ground on this painting, Three Women (VW Bug), is wonderful. It’s a traditional oil ground applied over acrylic gesso. A traditional oil ground is essentially white oil paint with the addition of chalk. The chalk makes the ground more covering and absorbent than oil paint alone, even when sanded. It’s really great to paint on. I…

The Stendhal Syndrome

I am familiar with the great French author Stendhal’s novels–The Red and the Black, and The Charterhouse of Parma–having read them some years ago, but until I read an article in the online magazine The Point I’d never hear about Stendhal Syndrome. The Stendhal syndrome is a psychic disorder that causes dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when someone is exposed…