Saturday, February 18, 2017

Weekly Round-up February 11-17th

This week I managed a session with the light in my front hallway, mentioned last week. Below is a chronological tracking of this painting, which was started back in October. Sometime during Daylight Saving and Winter this light phenomenon disappeared, but it is back in full force between 7-9am right now.

I also continued work on the self-portrait started last week and started a charcoal drawing.

 Additionally, I started an new painting of the light coming into my studio window mid-morning. I am excited about the idea of painting over old paintings right now, but allowing some remnants to show through. I also did a small, 5" x7" study of my legs, feet and one hand. In acknowledgement that I could use some work on painting/drawing hands and feet, I am trying to do more studies that involve solving that problem from life.   

    Finally on Friday, I visited MOCA Jacksonville and the Cummer Musuem with my BA Portfolio class. It was a wonderful trip. The MOCA has a fantastic Rackstraw Downes painting, as seen below, the edges are really gorgeous. 

Here is the crew, stading in Nicola Lopez's installation A Gentle Defiance of Gravity and Form. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Weekly Round-Up February 4th-10th

This week I am excited to announce that a particular shape of light from my front window has returned, after a long absence following the time change. I've only lived in my house for a year now, so I am learning the ins-and-outs of the light shifts. Below is the light, I'm interested in painting, and the painting as its been since November. I'm hoping to paint this weekend if the weather is sunny.


I also continued to work on my night window painting in the living room. Unfortunately, the lights are now blown out, so I need to go back and adjust my values. I have a little light of my easel, but I still end up over compensating because my palette is in the dark.

I also worked more on the fruit and dead bird painting, appropriating enough on my Dad's death anniversary. Below is where it started at the beginning of the session and where it ended up, the orange's leaves wilted far more than the grapefruits'.

And started a self-portrait.

I currently have one pupil!

Finally, to share inspiration this week. I listened again to James Bland's wonderful interview with Antrese Wood on her Savvy Painter Podcast. I love everything about the painting below, "Full Moon" has all the right moves in my opinion.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Weekly Round-Up Jan. 28- Feb. 3

This week I continued to work on the surprise commission that I referenced last week, so more anticipation without documentation. I also started a new night painting of the same lamp and corner of my living room that I'm also painting by day. I'm painting over a night kitchen painting that turned out TOO brown and it seemed very boring. If I were braver, I might have just sliced the middle third out of the kitchen painting and left it, but instead I'm just painting over it.

by night
by day

My favorite part in the night kitchen painting, that now doesn't exist, was the reflection in the microwave. I am going to try to think about keeping some elements from the original painting in the new one, but I haven't quite figured it out. I also think it will happen organically. 

On a final side note, I stumbled across this image on Michele De Campo's Blog and it seemed powerful and relevant. The act of staring into the world and finding meaning seems palpable in these two images side-by-side. It is difficult to articulate the connection felt to other painters and their records of looking...but it is real. 
Left: Andrew Wyeth, ‘Spring Fed’, 1967. - Right: the original place at the Kuerners farm