Hail storm

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Having a hail storm here, ice from the sky. (Minneapolis MN.)

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Yesterday slap-dash

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

OK I knew yesterday, that I should paint. My heart was not in it but I forced it none the less. So I got myself to the studio and began to push, trying to finish the painting. The results of this effort, I painted out this morning. I was not pleased with what I had done. I will spare you the pictures. Thank goodness I am working with very forgiving materials in that I can make the corrections without destroying the whole painting. ¬†Perhaps when I am feeling the way I felt yesterday, I should find something else to work on. There is always my sketch book…

The Size of Painted Figures

May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Let me try at least to skirt around any sexual innuendo of size. Yesterday I wrote that I have gone to the second painting that was the same size as the one on which I had been working. What I failed to say was what sizes that was. The paintings that I am doing now are about one third life size. What occurred to me this morning is that there is a certain intimacy about working at this scale that does not seem to come into play when working with smaller figures. This is a new thought and perhaps I should live with it for a while and then I may have more to add.

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“It No Longer Hurts”

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Should this be the title of this my most recent work?
Another day and as promised more information about what I’m doing. This is of the painting that I have been working on. I have paused on this one and have begun a second of about the same size.

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Drawing and Painting

May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have been in the studio much of this day. Working on paintings that are larger than my usual. I have not had the time to post anything of depth. Hopefully I will have a moment tomorrow to do so. All the best friends.

Traveling with Brushes

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

One thing you fear when traveling with brushes is that at some point they the delicate fiber or hair of the brushes will get jammed against other items and become ruined. There are a number expensive traveling cases one might purchase. I have found however a bamboo mat with cloth pockets for the brushes in the interior. It works and cost a few dollars rather than many.

Now this gets me to brushes themselves. My god they can be expensive! They are however at the very center of the process of painting. So yesterday as I found myself struggling a bit with paint application, I was wondering if the problem was not having more expensive (responsive?) paint brushes? I will wait however before I go shopping…

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The things I see

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I find, like many if not most visual artists, that the world of images around me have a great impact on my image making. The traditional West African mask is a great influence, particularly when it comes to drawing the head and eyes. When however,  it comes to posing the body, I am influenced in a great way by the artists of medieval Europe, Greek black-figure pottery painting and Mayan pottery painting.

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