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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Removing an obstacle

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

There has been a large painting tacked to a wall here in my Minneapolis studio. The last visit here I just looked at it not knowing what to do. It was not working and I did not know what the solution might be. Even before this current visit, I knew that I had to deal with this thing. So yesterday I took it down, rolled it up, and sat it aside. I cut more paper and put that up and started a large charcoal drawing. ( I will post a pic later) I worked on it on and off all day. It is now complete and I feel that an obstacle to getting work done has been removed. It is 3:00 am on Sunday morning and the world did not end last night as it was predicted… 😉 so I have more things to do in the studio today. I am eager to get started.

The Problem with Hands

May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is what I am working on today. It was planned to be a painting with three figures. As you can see, plans changed. Now I am debating if I should re-draw and re-paint the hands of the figure in the foreground ? I think I have to. I can do better. I hope. Risk is necessary to learn how to create better hands.

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The Narmer Fish

May 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

There is a wonderful fish, hard to see unless you know where to look, on and ancient Egyptian palette for grinding pigments for eye shadow. I have used a version of this fish ( a catfish, I suspect ) as an design in one of my paintings. Well I can’t say painting really, because I have not started it yet. I just have the preliminary sketch done at this point. In any case the drawing is mostly done. I may wait a while before I start the painting. There are additional details and changes that I may work on before the application of paint. I like the drawing and look forward to working on this.

Painter’s Block

December 14, 2010 § 2 Comments

Well it happens from time to time. And this time it may be less a block and more the fact that I have had a lot to do related to
the end of the semester of an art history class I am teaching at the New School. I leave for Minneapolis on Friday, to face the winter head on. There I will have to focus and get some painting done.
Wish me luck…

Painting Progress 10/18/2010

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

I can’t say that I painted non stop all day. ( Now that is how I am supposed to be going at this thing… or is it?) I have painted on and off throughout the day, and finished a book I have been reading and crying over.  A good tale!.  Any how I finished the book and good some painting done as well.  My figure may be overly pink but I will work with it.  I guess I will tackle the boat tomorrow. Light was coming in through the basement window so it was hard to get a good pic this time.

My basement studio, Minneapolis

October 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

First I should say, as a New Yorker, how much I enjoy the city of Minneapolis. I even got a fishing license this summer.  There is no better city for biking.  I kid my friends here about this being the frontier, and that they  smack on pemmican, ( a Native American, corn, grease, dried meat and dried berries meal) but I really do enjoy this part of the world.

I am using a friends basement here as a makeshift studio.  In it I can work on larger paintings.  Larger than the postcard size works I can do in my New York apartment/studio.

Working large allows me to uses not just my fingers in the mark making process but my arms, and whole body as well.  It is a nice change.

This is what is up on the board at the moment.

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