Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A new St. Francis painting

Used another scrap of oak floorboard and painted it Cadmium Red. Painted in a rough sketch of Francis with black acrylic.  The finished painting was done for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America, as a small part their annual fundraiser.

They are a group of friars who work hard all over the world, in the places no one else wants to go, for the smallest, most forgotten of us. To check out more of what they do, please visit:

The painting was then completed, but the warm colors felt a bit hot to me, and the cold colors seemed too pure for my eye.

So I softened and greyed the colors with glazes using matte medium. This pic is closest to the real thing, but in actuality, the accurate colors fall somewhere between these two photos.

St. Francis at Sunset (detail). Acrylic on wood, approx.6" x 9". Private collection.
I like this one quite a lot, and his message of peace, non-violence, and friendship is (and always has been, I guess) badly needed these days.

My next post is another work on a piece of floor board, but it's a goofy one.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A crabby striped bird on a wire

StripeyBird on a Wire.  Acrylic and watercolor washes on watercolor paper mounted on deep canvas.
4" x 4". Private collection.

Posted this a few months back in an unfinished state.  Finished him last week and just put it up on Etsy.
I love the way watercolor takes to the paper--that velvety look and all.  Experimented with acrylic washes on the paper and liked the result, so mounted it onto a canvas.

Friday, September 23, 2011

LampHat Finds the Very Best Tree and prelims

Some sketches that spontaneously appeared during a meeting at the gallery.  I've convinced myself that I pay better attention when I draw, but the truth of that has never been tested--by me at least. Like a lot of artists, my school notebooks and meeting notes have always been filled with more drawing than writing.

LampHat Finds the Very Best Tree. Acrylic on upcycled oak floorboard. Approx. 5" x 6 1/2". Private collection. The old house behind mine got scraped, and during the construction of the new one, a bunch of oak floor scraps ended up in the alley. They've provided great painting surfaces.

For a change, I like the finished LampHat figure better than the sketch.  That doesn't often happen.  Yes, was thinking about Christmas early when this was painted. That doesn't often happen either. 

LampHat is patting the tree in an affectionate way, so I think he's found a friend rather than a holiday decoration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Some Sketches and a Finished Painting

 In a strange, but pretty interesting place right now.  My style--or whatever--is all over the board, but I guess that's really not new. Still, with the coming of Autumn, lots of cool ideas arrived too, and they all seem kind of disconnected from the concepts I was working with during the summer.  These little fellows--and some others--interrupted my sleep last week and I sketched them out quickly so I could go back to bed.

Another Round.  Acrylic on upcycled oak floorboard, approx. 5" x 5".  Painted this without a preliminary drawing onto the raw board, along with five other, sort of similar pics on boards of different sizes.  I was charging ahead with the loose goal of completing six small paintings in two days. For some reason did not tone the surface first with a color.  I never seem to prepare my surface the same or use any technique with any consistency anymore.  Probably because working on cloth, watercolors, and acrylics all at the same time has scrambled my brain. What a great time!

This detail shows the layers. I will post some of the other sketches and paintings in a few days.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

CaffeineBird and Offspring

CaffeineBird. Acrylic on hardboard, 4" x 4". Private collection. This painting was done a few years ago, and was very much fun to paint.  The board was initially covered with the Cadmium Red of the border, and then the other paints were applied on top.

CaffeineBird II. Acrylic on deep wrapped canvas, 5" x 5", private collection.  Since then, I've had a few requests for similar pics.  That's usually not something I can do readily, as my mind is often racing on to something else. But I liked this image and the process and it seemed to flow as before--a pretty nice surprise.

Reveille. Acrylic on deep wrapped canvas, 7" x 5", private collection.  This one is another child of the original Caf. Bird.  Obviously, many differences, including the use of Cerulean Blue as a shadow underpaint.  The little guys came from some sketches I had done--the blue reveille player is a variant eggman, and the rodent fellow came from a sketch of my dog.  And I don't think I'm done with this subject/technique at all.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Slagtryk Magazine Cover, September 2011

Cooking Dinner, 6" x 12". Acrylic on canvas.
Painted after I completed the initial, very small pic below:

Cooking Lunch, 3" x 4". Acrylic on wood block

Anything that has to do with homey cooking, small kitchens, and food appeals to me.  The most memorable parts of books for me are often the parts about food--especially coming to mind are the dinner scenes in The Wind in the Willows and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the great discussions of food in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, the Sea (one of my most favorite, full-of-crazy-people books).

Last spring I was asked to provide some prints for the International Exhibit at Galore, an art expo in Denmark. Cooking Dinner was one of the prints.  It was seen by the editor of Slagtryk magazine, who requested the image for the September 2011 cover.  Please check out the link, and translate! It's well worth the visit, and I'm very pleased to be part of the September issue.

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