Monday, March 30, 2009
Finally, time to post. I apologize for not posting but there's been quite a lot going on lately. I shared a booth at the Zilker Garden Festival with two painter friends, Sally Fraser and Regina Calton Burchett this past week. It was a lovely, albeit windy, weekend and the gardens looked lovely.
This coming Thursday, April 2nd, will be a group exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art, downtown. If you're in town please come. I'll have two paintings in the exhibit.
Later this week I'll post some oil sketches done in Jennifer Balkan's figurative painting class that I just finished. Jennifer's a wonderful teacher and I learned a lot from her.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
8 x 10
Another figurative painting done about two months ago. My acrylic paintings are very different from my oils. This one was done before "The Art of Conversation," my first posting, and is much tighter. I find it's much harder for me to be loose in this medium than with oils. Oils have such a creamy consistency and, because of the drying time, are easier to "push" around. Golden has come out with the "Open" acrylic series which has a longer drying time. I've ordered some and am really looking forward to trying them out.
This painting, along with another that I'll post tomorrow, will be in a group exhibit at the Comerica Building, downtown Austin. My cohorts in the exhibit are part of a group that went to France last summer to do a workshop with Ian Roberts. His assistant dubbed us the "Wildcats" and the name stuck. As soon as we returned home, we formed a group to paint and exhibit together. What fun!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
6 x 8
This is a very bad photograph of this painting and brought to light some changes I need to make. The blue in her coat should not be there. It doesn't show in normal daylight but under photographic lights -- well, it must go. I'll glaze over it in a dulled down purple. On the whole, I'm very satisfied with the way it came out. (I will re-shoot this once it's fixed!)
Here's Looking at You
8 x 10
I painted this several weeks ago. I loved the backlighting on this and how this person engages the viewer. I've been working small as I tend to put in too much detail and get very tight in my painting style when working in a larger format. I wanted to get the expression (in loose brushstrokes) not a likeness.
These two paintings will be entered into a one night, group show at AMOA downtown on April 2, 6:00-8:00. There will be a reception so please come if you can.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
8 x 10
I've always been drawn to figurative works of art and this is my latest. I love to watch people interacting with one another and then try to catch those impressions on canvas. It's now hanging in an group exhibition at the South Congress St. location of Texas French Breads. If you're in Austin, TX please go by and see it.
This is my first posting. Now, that I've gotten my feet wet, so to speak, I'll post more examples of my work later on. Please check back.