Monday, February 20, 2012

Walking Dead Knife details

Yesterday was spent on The Walking Dead knife, and adding layers of color to the tomato on the far left.
My favorite bits, barely visible at this point, and the drips of seeds and tomato gelée that are stuck to the top of the handle and blade. Bracing myself to attempt the block letters.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Uzbekistan Knife

Worked on Uzbek today. The knife itself, which - oh joy- reflects the yellow tomato. Love the handle made of horn, and there is marvelous scrolling engraved on the blade. I'll be adding that at the very end.
Added layers to the other tomatoes. Deepened the mottled colors of the shadows that I noticed are in the Mardi Gras spirit - green, yellow and purple

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

in progress

First, the start of  Tomatoes & Uzbek knife. One layer on everything but the knife.

Now for Answered Prayers; Aphrodite. I figured Valentine's Day would be the right time to place the vanishing-in-the-shadows torso. It's supposed to be more of an apparition than a realistic element. I still don't know if I can pull it off, but I'm stepping up to the plate.

Finally Tomatoes & The Walking Dead Knife. Actually did the background one day, the tomatoes another, and the knife today. It's like going to summer camp, after a day wrestling with the Answered Prayer series.



The big black block letters of the script will get done last, after the background is as dry as it can be, so I can clean up black edges with turp. I have lots of surface detail to go on the tomatoes and and the knife.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Answered Prayers:Harmonium

Pressed onward with Harmonium. Far from complete but it's beginning to come together.

Worked on the the tiles floor and the altar marble today, the harmonium last weekend.

Need to take on the marble steps next. I'll eventually glaze the candle light reflection using Indian yellow with a touch of crimson. Trying to build enough brightness to shine through it after it's glazed. There are myriad gleaming wires in the body of the harmonium that I have yet to place.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tomato trio finished

All done. All 10x10" and oil on canvas. Varnishing day is Thursday. Starting two more today.

Love bouncing between these and the Answered Prayers series, whilst planning the next series. Need a massive  (for me) canvas something on the order of  24x48'. Heading to Binders next Monday.
Tomatoes & Edinburgh Sgian Duhb
Tomatoes & Global Knife (Sold)
Tomatoes & Carpenter Knife