In the studio 8/16/15

I put my mind to finishing Main Street II yesterday. You get in that groove where everything goes clickety-clack smooth and all problems become trivial and melt away.  You know that groove? 12 hours yesterday and back at it again today, all day. But–sigh–it’s not to be. I’m tired, that is, mentally exhausted, and the figure on…

In the studio 8/9/15

This is the first time I’ve shown Break. Break is 40″ x 50″ and I’ve had four painting sessions. Break is another of my Playhouse Square series. The painting in the background, Euclid Avenue II, is another painting in the series.  The painting on the right-side is Taking Note, which is close to being done.…

In the studio 8/2/15

Three Women is coming along slowly. Previously, I titled it VW Bug and later Three Young Women. Now it’s just Three Women–original, I know. For the past week I’ve been absorbed by technical issues. Not mediums, but supports and grounds. I spend a lot of time getting paintings to the finishing stage. I’m looking for…

In the studio 7/26/15

Today’s session was the 4th for Man and a Woman in a Room.   I don’t know how many more sessions it will need–not a clue. Paintings take on their own personality and this one is adamant bout the direction it wants to go.

In the studio 7/25/15

I’ve spent a lot of time this week drawing–preparing large paintings that have complicated designs.  This morning I pulled out some smaller pieces to do some actual painting. The upper painting, titled Girl in a White Blouse, is my second attempt of this subject.  The first effort was smaller and I ruined it by using Old Holland…

In the studio 7/19/15

I’ve been preparing canvases (stretching, applying gesso and toned grounds) and doing a lot of drawing. I thought Graduation Day was ready for the end game several times but I was wrong. It’s close now.  Some things that bothered me have been worked out (no, I won’t tell). Tomorrow, it’s back to drawing.

In the studio 7/12/15

It’s really overcast today and the studio lights affect tones.  It’s either the studio lights or a flash, which would be worse, so the photo isn’t very good. Picnic is 40″ x 56.”  It’s oil over acrylic toned ground. The ground is the same as in the painting I finished yesterday, and, as with that painting, the…

In the studio 7/11/15

I finished Dinner in Trenton this morning.  Today’s session was the 20th.  Dinner in Trenton is 40″ x 56.”  The ground was a little flat; I found myself fighting against it at times. I enjoyed painting the still-life immensely. The arrangement was interesting and sometimes it’s just pure fun to paint accidental effects of light.