This another of the red maple and I have included whirlygig that is poked into the front garden. It’s like the silly fish; a stylized representation that is unnaturally colored. It’s one of those fun things that I had to include. I have other whimsical things in my garden and I will endeavor to included them in future posts.
This young man has beautiful bone structure. His shaved head only emphasizes that fact. This was done on very wet masa paper. The shadow on the left jaw line was done near the end when the paper had dried a little. I also loaded the brush heavily so the pigment would stay put. Click on this to see the larger view so you can see all the bleeds, crawls and backwashes.
I did another painting from pretty much the same position. The dark foliage is the problem. I wanted to try a slightly different approach. There may be another one still. Did any one know that this art stuff is a lot of work?! It’s also a lot of fun.
This is another variation on the previous font yard view. There will be another one for comparison in another post. This is the gap between the red maple and the river birch. I am not a user of frisket (masking fluid). I suppose I should break down and use it when the situation calls for it. This is one those situations—a dark background with light elements in the foreground. But, I so seldomly use the frisket it just dries in the container between uses. I can’t begin to tell you how many bottles I have thrown out for this reason.
This is another model with a kind of sarong. She wrapped herself with a fabric with subtle tone-on-tone stripes as if it were a sarong and the results were quite beautiful. I think the cobalt turquoise compliments her skin tone very well. I love cobalt turquoise!
This the same model who posed with the spanish shawl. You can find that image by looking through the slideshow. She was trained classically. Have you ever been to see the Nutcracker or Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty? The big ballroom scenes where dancers are sitting in the background all take this pose.
This the elusive Anka with the Balinese print from the previous post. She and the fabric are both beautiful. This is a lovely pose. It could be very mundane but the slight twist of the torso makes it something else!
This is another warehouse mirror self-portrait using the same kind of set-up: the mirror on the easel, a table with objects in front of the easel, what is seen behind the mirror, what is seen reflected in the mirror. I have placed the viewer in my position. The viewer is looking into the mirror and sees me. Behind me is the studio and another painting in this series
Once again it is an acknowledgement of my vocation as an artist and a conversation with art histroy and my position, as a woman, within it.
I love pattern and color. I’m a sucker for it. I have been told that I channel Mattise. I have used the sarong Caitlin is sitting on often. If you look through the images of the slide show you can see how many times. It has an abstraction, dark tones, and a color distribution that I find very appealing.
Tattoos are really in vogue along with multiple piercings. I am ambivalent about them. I see extensive tattooing and piercings and I all I can thinks is “OW!”. Then someone like this comes along and I am intrigued.