Studio journal 4/8/17

I worked on these four paintings today; finishing the two smaller ones.  The finished paintings are part of a series about Colorado, which I started some time ago.  The large painting is also part of a series started some time ago.  It’s the last painting in that series. I wanted to make it look from…

Studio journal 4/2/17

As usual, here is a shot of recent stuff.  I really like the surface on the new painting, Grand Army of the Republic Highway.  The gray tone of the ground, which can be seen throughout the painting, is just right: not too dark or too light.  The surface is nice and smooth, which a big…

Studio journal 3/26/17

The Candidate, on the easel, is 36″ x 48,” which a format I’ve used a lot recently.  The design is based on photos I took during the RNC in Cleveland last summer.   I use the stick, or pole, leaning against the painting as a maulstick.  Even with my fast-drying medium I have to be…

Studio journal 3/25/17

The day ended much too soon.  Some days, I can paint all day long and by the time I put down the brush, I feel refreshed and recharged.  I worked on the two paintings in the photo and then on another one.  When I was young, I would frequently continue painting far into the night.  I…

Can’t wait to start painting

After preparing my palette and getting a cup of tea, I was met by cheery sunlight when I reentered the studio.  The morning had been gray and gloomy, so the unexpected light was uplifting.  I couldn’t wait to get started.   I am restretching the large painting in the background–The Offensive.  I replaced the two…

Update to a recently ‘finished’

See, I know I’m my own worst critic.  Whenever I finish a painting, I put it away so I can’t look at it for several weeks.  If I don’t put it away, I’ll find things that bug me every time I look at it.  After a few weeks, I can look at my work with…

Studio journal 3/19/17

I recently bought some of Rublev’s Lead Oil Ground.  I’ve had mixed results with Rublev products.  Their oil paint is excellent.  Their burnt sienna is top shelf.  However, much of their stuff is less than wonderful.  They purport to be experts but I don’t see any evidence for that claim.  They sell a lot of thick,…

Studio journal 3/13/17

Due to changing my ISP, I am late posting this journal entry. I finished the underpainting for Down on Prospect Avenue and started some over-painting.  The painting has a long way to go but I’ve gotten this far with just a few sessions, so it’s moving rapidly. As usual, I struggled with the title for…

Status

Tom Hudson

I moved.  Did you notice?  I changed my ISP today and there were some rough patches, as there always are when I do this.  Nothing seems permanently broken although I haven’t checked everything yet.  The last time I moved, things were a lot worse. 

Studio journal 3/12/17

I worked most of the day on The Candidate, the painting in the upper-center in this batch of current work.  The underpainting is done.  I’ll say it’s done.  I don’t like the ground on this canvas.  It is another of my experiments with materials that has proved unsatisfactory, but it does have the happy side…

Draw this

Cezanne, I think, told a young artist that the best way to learn was to draw and paint the stove in his studio.  I think this is excellent advice.  If you can draw the mundane, you can draw anything.  There’s a catch, of course.  What the hell is mundane?  No one has answered that question, as…

Studio journal 3/5/17

I worked on these two paintings today.  They are at the opposite ends of their cycles.  I just started the underpainting on The Candidate (painting on the floor).  The other painting, Phone Call on Main Street, is cruising into the dock.  I’m not ready to tie it to the dock and cut the engine, but…

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…

Studio journal 2/5/17

 I’ve titled this new painting Down on Prospect Avenue.   The other day, I shared the painting after my first painting session with it.   I finished the under-painting on this canvas and started “over-painting.”  What’s the difference between under- and over-painting?   During under-painting, I treat the painting like a pen and ink drawing.  The lights…