Monday, April 19, 2010

in progress

I keep skipping around which painting I'm working on, thus this one-size-fits-all topic.
Today I reworked the high key snow color, to make it less visually sweet. It looks more blue in this photo than it is. Also placed the grapes and darkened the strawberries and their leaves. There's a lot more to do, especially in the shaping of the banks, but it's coming along.
I haven't decided whether the driving concept - seasonality, or the lack thereof, of fruit in the winter - is where I want it to be.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Faith; the Overhang Swing and Cathedral Spires

Today I mixed greens for the valley conifers and blocked in some of the shapes.
This photo has a streak of afternoon sunlight across it.

Yesterday I painted leaves in the harvest time basket, mostly the ones across the top and a bit of the cabbage.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Faith, continued


Worked on the right hand side - the overhang. I love the strata of rock and the way the colors layer. It's warm neutrals against the blue of the middle cathedral spire. Tomorrow I'll be mixing greens for the valley, mostly conifers.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Faith; the Overhang Swing and Cathedral Spires

This afternoon I worked on the Cathedral Spires part of the El Capitan formation in Yosemite. It's a new 36x36" painting on the theme of faith. I painted and painted and got really tired but the clock said it was only 1:50 so I kept going. I didn't figure out the studio clock had stopped until 5:30. So tired, but got a lot of ground covered. Painting big takes muscles. Who knew?


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Harvest + Time

After being stalled out for a while I finally have paint on every part of the canvas. The key was adding the sickle. It ties together the themes of autumn harvest and the end of life, and connect to the clock and the cutting down of that which is ripe.


Painted the bell jar over the clock, and worked on glowing white background and the burlap drape. Just figured out that's kohlrabi in the right corner and not a rutabaga, courtesy of a friendly vegan.
Tomorrow I'm working on the basket weave or maybe tacking the detail on a leaf.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Back in front of the easel

Added red stemmed kale, a rusted metal sickle and the anniversary clock under a bell jar. Great afternoon of painting. It feels so good to back in front of the easel.