Last summer I was able to spend a week painting on Great Spruce Head Island. This is a small piece based on studies and photos of a rock at the end of the Double Beaches: 12″ x 16″, oil on panel.
Another study from Thuya Lodge:
Brown Vase with Nasturtiums, 20 x 16, oil on board
I’ve finished a 16″ x 20″ study of the front room at Thuya Lodge. There’s a lot going on in this small space and I think it’s a good choice for a larger painting – 32″ x 40″ would be very large for me.
When I finish a painting I often study enlarged random sections of the digital image. Do the individual brush strokes make sense of the shapes? Is the color pure and purposeful? Do the edges where colors meet perform well? I fall short of the mark of course, but it’s a helpful process on the long road to improvement. Below are the sections I chose to examine on this piece:
Two weeks ago I posted a new work-in-progress and then the site went down for a few days and I never posted the finished piece. Here it is with additional detail and the final glaze in Ivory Black.
If I’d given more thought to the process of changing from pastels to oils after all this time I would have started with studies – small pieces with discrete subject matter as exercises – rather than full on painting subjects. This is the first drawing, in brush and ivory black, for a series of still life studies featuring grapes and the occasional red plum. I think they will be very educational.
This summer I’m trying out new techniques and a change of vision, inspired by looking at the Masters up close and personal in Paris a few months back. There are matters of scale and structure that never translated very well for me from textbooks. Now I have a laundry list of issues and a garden full of still life material and just need a few more hours in the day.
Zinnias and Cherry Tomatoes, 20″ x 16″, pastel on board
From time to time it’s instructive to do studies from the Old Masters. You don’t really know anything about a work of art until you’ve copied it.
Pieter Brughel the Elder painted The Parable of the Blind in tempera on canvas in 1568. The original hangs in The National Museum of Capodimonte in Naples (very pink – I’d love to go someday). My copy is 20″ x 28″, pastel on board.