Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AL Demo - stage two

Whew. Well, got to stage two during the demo at the LI Art League--answered loads of interesting questions about process and materials and also WHERE to purchase materials since Long Island has but ONE art supply store--thankfully it's DickBlick. I'm like a bull in a China factory when I see that place--must arrive with strict list!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Demo during reception, demo during reception (now ten five times, fast!)

I'm preparing to give a demo at the Art long Long Island and picked out this sketch to be the one I'll transfer to canvas and paint in oil. I'll be there for several hours, so we'll see just how far I can take it since I'll be starting with the bare bones of a drawing on canvas.

The exhibit + demos
September 6
Art League Long Island

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend exhibit at he Mills Pond House, NY

The model Meagan Flahtery came to the exhibit! Really had a wonderful time--rare for jurors attend the exhibits they've juried , so it was all a new and happy experience for me to meet Denise Bibro. Got to see the work of many amazing artists. Better yet, I got to meet them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'By My Cocktail' on exhibit

Reception time! Another event to look forward to--

Denise Bibro has juried this year's Fine Art Exhibit at the Smithtown Township Arts Council. I'm super pleased to be a part of this exhibit and eager to feast my eyes on the work of other artists.

Reception is Saturday August 23, 2014

2:00-4:00 PM
Oil on canvas 16in x 20in   40.5cm x 51cm
By My Cocktail
Oil on canvas
16in x 20in  
40.5cm x 51cm

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Parse's Process

I'm a fan of audio books and fell under the trance Davina Porter's voice as she spun me through the story of Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz.

It's important for me to keep all sketches for individual projects in one place. When they don't all fit on a large sheet of paper, gathering them on a disk shape gives me a quick sense of what to pluck out of the lines.

I knew I wanted the boy to clutch his marionette. As I listened to the story I felt them an inseparable team-- even if one was an inanimate object. A cleaned up sketch told me more about the character of Parse and I thought of my little neighbor whose features and size were just right for the character. 

With a little coaxing my neighbor jumped into the role, suspenders and all. 

I used transparency paper to work out values. The advantage of good tracing paper (not the stuff that wrinkles while working) is that it's easy to erase and lines can be shifted as you go along.

I made more adjustments when transferring the image to canvas then scanned it to create a color study. I knew the scene was going to be dark, so the addition of cooler colors helped limit the danger of the characters disappearing into the background.

With the drawing on canvas, I referenced my value sketch to put down a first layer of water-miscible oil using Winsor & Newton olive green.

Here is the final painting of Parsefall clutching Clara.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Carriage Crime

I doodled about with this idea of scoundrel recognition. What would you do in the same carriage car with a recognized felon?

I thought a set of wolves in one of those never-ending forests might be necessary. (You can tell I'm still thinking about the Wolves of Willoughby Chase, yes?)

But then a suggestion was made. "Add me as witness," said the seagull.

And so, I did. He's getting a bit more revision in paint, but this gives you the idea.

An early stage of the painting with some reference.

the final.