Thursday, August 22, 2013

Upcoming Show

This is the flyer for my upcoming New York exhibit.  The painting was done earlier this summer.  In the show, it may not be hang the way you see it here! 

 I composed this painting from a series of charcoal studies.  Hoping for more flexibility in hanging, I was trying for a composition that could be viewed vertically or a horizontally.
Stonewash Study II

Finally, I drew in an arrangement on canvas with loose oil wash.  The trick was to keep adding stones till the arrangement worked well both ways!
Once I was beyond the messy stage, I was able to get it out of the basement and up to the smaller work space off the living room.
Here it is finished.  But I'm STILL not sure which way it will hang!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Finishing up

These are the last two WIPs...again, painted mostly in this corner space in Minneapolis.  They are mates to those Autumn leaves seen in my previous blog. 

I don't usually paint posies...but these are more about showers than flowers!  They are the spring versions to the rain soaked autumn leaves in a previous blog. As I said we've had lots of "wet" this year!

"Spring Blossoms after the Rain"  oil 36" x 42"
"Spring Flower in Shower"  oil 30" x 30"

I'm now back up north in Wisconsin washing brushes and doing studio housecleaning.
In less than a week I'll be wrapping and loading the canvases for the drive to New York! 

Monday, August 5, 2013

More works in progress

During a recent weekend up north, I was able to get a new one started in my basement work space.  This is a bit larger than the one from the previous blog.

I want to be able to see both shadows and highlights as I block in the painting... so rather than working on a pure white canvas, I prefer to gesso my canvas grey or tone it with a neutral oil paint wash in a cool or warm middle value.  Below is the finished version.
 "Autumn Rain" oil (36" x 42")
BTW: below is the finished version of the WIP (work in progress) that I posted in the previous blog.
"Autumn after the Rain"
(30" x 30")