Thursday, January 31, 2008

Wet Paint a la Vincent


oil on gallery-wrap canvas (sides are painted), 16"x20"

I worked this some more, adding more orange, golds and yellows... well, and greens, crimson... I believe I am finally finished with the "Vincent's Asylum Wheatfields." I painted three of the sides and just need them to dry to paint the forth.

I really appreciate feedback, so feel free to post a comment if you see something you'd recommend adjusting.

I'm doing another painting "a la Vincent," this time inspired by one of his "Chair" paintings:

I'm using my own "Irises Chair" in the new composition. So, in essence-- it will be a painting within a painting. The chair as subject matter is very symbolic. Here is my chair:

I like the position and angle of this chair and the way it seems to float, with no cast shadow.

But, I prefer this environment (below). I really like the bricks and the directional elements on the fence. However-- I think the fence ought to be yellow or citron...

I toned the canvas with (I'm not kidding!) cadmium orange. I plan to leave "outlines" from the orange background. I'm very impatient, so I covered my canvas with acrylic paint (acrylic dries faster than oil). I will do this one in water-soluable oil paint on a 16"x20" canvas.

Here's my rough ink sketch, which I will now transfer on to the toned canvas using the grid method:

You probably cannot see the grid I drew on the canvas. I used a very sharp no. 2 pencil, and made the lines extremely light so the pencil won't smudge when I paint over it.

Ok-- off I go!!!! I just looooooooooooooooove to paint like Vincent!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

On My Easel(s)

Vincent's View From The Asylum (copy of van Gogh's Wheatfields With Sunrise), 16x20, oil on canvas

I think this one is finished. Below is the photo reference I worked from. I emphasized the reds and purples, and down-played the greens and amped up the contrast to the yellows and golds. Now that I look at it, I'm not sure if it's finished or not. I'll have to live with it for a while and see if anything jumps out at me that needs tweaking...

Wheatfields With Sunrise by Vincent van Gogh

WIP (Work In Progress) 14x20, oil on canvas

This is a value study in black & white I am doing, based on the photo below. The challenge is to create an interesting composition cropping the image to create a sense of balance. So far I have only used black paint. I plan to only use black & white paint on this. I will need to let the paint dry between applications to keep the paint from muddying.

WIP (Work In Progress) 8x10, oil on canvas

This is a limited-palette study using only complimentary colors (opposite on the color wheel) and white, for tints. So I'm using thalo blue and cadmium orange, with just a little bit of Grumbacher red as needed to make a more purple-blue.

I'm trying to paint very fast and spontaneously, using impasto (thick) strokes, to capture the life of gentle foaming sea waves kissing the wet shore. Here is my photo reference:

WIP (Work In Progress) 16x20, acrylic on canvas

This is a commission for my friend, Judy, who I adore and miss terribly since she moved to Florida. I am grateful she has been so patient with me, as this canvas has been in progress for waaaaaay too long. But, it is back on my easel and I am now doing the finishing touches.

Judy wanted a "modified" copy of a painting by one of her favorite artists-- Marc Chagall's La Mariee (photo below). Slight changes include turning the fish into a dolphin, and making the rooster a cat instead (which I forgot about and need to fix). Also the color palette uses more of a burgandy red, than orange. It is not meant to be an exact reproduction, but rather my intrepretation.

I had the awesome experience of sitting below Chagall's incredible ceiling mural at the Grand Opera House in Paris where I was treated to the graduation performance of the Ecole de Ballet.

You can read about Marc Chagall by clicking on the following link: