Thursday, February 28, 2008

Our Primordial Tree

This is a large piece, 36 x 24. I was still working with the thick surface texture in this painting.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finding Shapes




Unfortunately the last photo is not the best. I took it outside with a longer lens. The first two were taken inside by a window with a shorter lens and they show the texture better. I really like the thick texture of the paint surface, I am using lots of modeling paste.
I enjoyed working from a sketch, it was much better working from a loose fun sketch than a photograph. I felt free to change things and I was surprised when I revisited the place how different it was in real life. My memory had taken on a life of its own and become more real to me. But no longer represented reality.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Spring has sprung

I am playing and having fun. I can't decide if the painting is any good or not but when all of the Spring shrubs and trees start blooming I must react. We have lived here seven years and it still surprises me when we start having Winter and Spring at the same time.
I have decided to limit my internet and email time more. I think looking at so much great art everyday is making me want to tackle too much all at once. I want to do abstracts, collage, mixed media, serious, decorative, fun and dramatic work. I think I just need to stay with one thing for a little while before moving on. I am doing some sketches of the environment around me and thinking of shape and pattern. Doing shapes and patterns makes the sketches lots of fun. Where as trying to capture realistic light and shadow and correct size relationships seems like drudgery.