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Multiple treatments of the same subject

Just now, I’m interested in multiple treatments of the same subject. I make drawings (cartoons) and transfer them to multiple surfaces.  So far, I’ve limited the process to two instances per drawing.  When I do an ambitious drawing perhaps I will expand to three or more treatments. This photo shows two versions of a small winter…

Turpentine diaries 9/24/17

The unfinished painting The Press is 40″ x 50.”  I’ve used RGH’s walnut-ground flake white for a couple of weeks and I like it more and more.  It keeps its body even when thinned to the constancy of gouache, such as the white shirts in the painting. I plan to write about preparing canvases soon.…

Two paintings today

I used to think speed is important in art making.  Speed relates to spontaneity–some say–and spontaneity guarantees authenticity, if not creativity.  While spontaneity is important in art making, it’s not fundamental.  Even if you insist that spontaneity is essential, you can’t make the same claim for speed.  Speed is simply irrelevant. Another important idea for…

Turpentine diaries 8/20/17

I finished drawing the cartoon for this painting yesterday and spent the morning transferring it to the canvas.  You can see the transferred cartoon in this photo. I spent the remainder of yesterday and all of today working on the new painting.  In this photo, the gray ground is still visible throughout the painting. Booth at…

Studio journal 5/7/17

I worked on these two paintings today before my daughter and I went to the marina to work on The Betty Jane.  The left-hand painting, The Delegate, is sailing along, to use a nautical allusion.  Two days ago, I lightly varnished it with my special varnish.  Now, the surface is really sweet and the colors no longer…

Studio journal 4/30/17

The unfinished Women in Sandals is part of the Playhouse Square series.  Women in Sandals is 44″ x 60.” Here is a painting tip: If you are struggling to get light in a painting, strengthen the darks.  You might be surprised at how making the darks darker makes muddy lights shine brightly.

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 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…