Saturday, January 30, 2010
I added a figure to the right on the bridge. I thought of giving it a new, dark title, like "Jumper" or "Contemplating the End" ... but, as amusing as I might find dark humor, I'm not so sure that it would go over so well at the auction ... especially if there are to be some city officials involved. Probably still a sore subject for them after the last jumper.
I hope that it sells ... it sure has freed up a lot of space on my walls.
Monday, January 25, 2010
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Monday, January 11, 2010
The sun was in my face as I was trying to do the foreground ... it was totaly different than when I started, so -- I'll have to take my stuff down there in the morning after work to finish it up, I guess. It sure was nice working on something other than cellos for a change.
I spent some hours on it yesterday ... only to find that I've painted the floral arrangement waaay too high in key. It was a much brighter day yesterday than the previous times that I've worked on it and I didn't really take that into account when I was working -- derrr. Ah, well, the ol' glazing technique should take care of that. Curious to see it? You'll have to come to the gallery on the first Friday in February! Neener, neener. For those of you who are too far away to come, I'll post pictures of my "musical arrangement" -- including the "Bubonic Cello" (which will be the official title of this painting if I ever get the darned thing finished) when I get it all hung.
Meanwhile ... I'm going to work on an etching, as I said I would. I've got the drawing close to finished (which will also be on display) ... I scanned it into my computer and reversed it, so that the image will be correct when I print it. Here is what that image looks like now before I start my etching of the zinc plate.
It's been a while since I've done an etching ... and a real long time since I've done one that's very big. This one won't be huge ... but it will be about 8"x10" ... which is about twice the size of most of the intaglio prints that I've made. I'm a little aprehensive, but very excited to start.
Monday, January 4, 2010
As you can see, I'm trying to get the most out of the cello that I rented. I'm going to return it later today, sadly. I hope to get the still life finished by then ... at least the cello portion of it. The cello in this still life (16" x 20") really gave me fits ... I had a real tough time figuring out where I went wrong ... and I think that I finally figured it out -- had to repaint the whole top part (as you can probably tell). When it becomes light enough, I hope to spend about three more hours on it before I have to take the cello back.
This 16" x 20" painting is a portrait of a girl named Mari. She's the daughter of one of my co-op collegues; Olivia Waterman. Mari was kind enough to come down to the gallery and pose for Dennis and I one day. This is, obvious to the casual observer, still quite early in the process. It has started out well ... almost effortlessly, really -- which kinda scares me.
Lastly (well, lastly here -- I still have several things -- including an etching or two -- in the works for a whole new showing at the gallery in February), is the nude with cello (24" x 30") that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. It's going slowly ... but going well, I think.