“When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money” – Oscar Wilde

October 17, 2016

Reclaimed Pears, Oct 15, 2016, Oil on Canvas Board, 11" X 14"

Reclaimed Pears, Oct 15, 2016, Oil on Canvas Board, 11″ X 14″

 

Sketchbook Orange, Oct 11, 2016, Graphite & India Ink on Paper, 10.5" X 13.5"

Sketchbook Orange, Oct 11, 2016, Graphite & India Ink on Paper, 10.5″ X 13.5″

Sketchbook Pear, Oct 14, 2016, Charcoal & India Ink on Paper, 10.5" X 13.5"

Sketchbook Pear, Oct 14, 2016, Charcoal & India Ink on Paper, 10.5″ X 13.5″

This week I spent a little time drawing fruit and then painted more fruit on the weekend. I reclaimed a canvas board that I’d previously been playing around with and decided to incorporate what was already there into the new image. I like this idea and may have to try it again soon. It somehow makes it all seem less precious – probably because it’s not a blank canvas that I’m beginning with. And maybe the fact that I’m recycling something that wasn’t really anything to begin with. (if that makes sense) I took a few pictures along the way. Lots of glare on the finished piece – hopefully I can get a better shot of it down the road.

Reclaimed Pears Underway 1

Reclaimed Pears Underway 1

 

Reclaimed Pears Underway 2

Reclaimed Pears Underway 2

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“The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

September 12, 2016

I’ve added another layer to each of these pieces – all being a mix of Paynes Grey and cold wax medium. And these really are about layers. This is all about playing with the cold wax medium and transparency and I am trying not to get attached to anything along the way. The trick is going to be deciding when to stop.

When I looked at this one again, it seemed to have lost a lot of it’s brightness and I found it quite dull – so I decided to add a lighter colour and pull out the grid pattern a little more with a bit of Naples Yellow mixed with cold wax medium. And I dulled down a few areas with Paynes Grey mixed with cold wax medium. Looking at it beside last week’s version I’m not sure it’s an improvement. Too late now though. And I still don’t know which way is up (with the painting that is). I think today’s orientation emphasizes the cross that is emerging a little too much. I will try something else with it next week and see what happens.

 

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde

September 6, 2016

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Circle Composition Five WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

Abstract oil painting

Untitled WIP, Sep 4, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″

This week I decided to play some more with cold wax medium and created a first layer on two 6″ canvases, and added a layer to another two 6″ canvases to repurpose them in a new direction. I don’t think any of these are finished though.

“To me, beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is a by-product of an act of total attention.” – Dorothea Lange

Oil painting in progress of a two lemons in a vase

Two Lemons WIP, Aug 21, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

 

Oil painting in progress of abstracted books lying open

Open Books WIP, Aug 21, 2016, Oil & Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″

 

August 19

August 19

Three images this week. The glass of my lemon vase slowly develops, open books gain some definition and I manage one of my three drawings for the week. And ‘manage’ is a term I use loosely… It’s been an odd week though – hopefully this one is better.

“No artist tolerates reality.” Friedrich Nietzsche

August 15, 2016

Oil painting in progress of two lemons in a glass vase

Two Lemons WIP, Aug 13, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

 

This painting slowly inches along while my weekly drawing challenge has become a quest to find a medium that I like using with this TerraSkin sketchpad I’m using. The paper itself is made from stone and can handle pretty much any medium, but they behave differently than on conventional paper. I would be happy if I could find something I could tolerate. Perhaps this week will be better than the last.

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” ― Cesar A. Cruz

August 8, 2016

Oil painting in progress of two lemons in a glass vase

Two Lemons WIP, Aug 7, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 30″ X 40″

 

 

I managed to work on a few things this week – as well as three drawings.

Oil painting in progress of abstracted books open

Open Books WIP, Aug 7, 2016, Oil and Wax on Birch Panel, 12″ X 16″

 

Oil painting of a circular geometric composition

Circle Composition Three, Aug 7, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 6″ X 6″