SWIMMING-IN-PAINT

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mug shots

My new fun project, a series of quick succession mug shots done over the last few weekends during Swimming-in-Paint at Crossroads Art Center.









Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Going down a crazy path - bits and pieces

Often paintings are a collage of bits and pieces, remolded, shaped to fit new narratives. This theatrical painting was very much a construction of many bits and pieces. Beyond a couple black and white photos of Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller poses below....there was no plan beyond that.


BITS & PIECES

SOME THEATER IN OIL
Theater 50x44 oil on linen (4-12-18 canvas 1237)



My favorite bit!


The jury is still out on this one but its more fun to ramble down that crazy path because it can conjure up new adventures too.... and it did:=)


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Before and after

Six years ago this month I was hot on the trail of the Ballet. I believe at the time Black Swan was a popular DVD release.... good but dark movie. Anyway, a rather large failed painting came out of it. The sketch below was used as my starting point .


BEFORE

EXPELLED SWANS!
Expelled 56x46 oil on linen (4-19-12)


The other day I stumbled on it again with fresh eyes...... I remember wanting evil eyes, and after several missed attempts it was packed away and forgotten. Well, with fresh eyes... forget her eyes, her head was awkwardly positioned, oversized and too damn long!! It deserved to be locked away!

AFTER

Her shoulders and head were completely repainted. The male figure was highlighted a bit to match. I can't says she's evil but I like her better.
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Resurrection 56x46 oil on linen (4-6-18 canvas 1233)
(original 4-19-18 canvas 650)
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FRAMED

 DETAILS


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This is one of those times a crystal ball would be nice to gaze into "Resurrections"  future......

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I wish I had something to say

But I don't. I am kinda interested in playing around more with my halo idea used on "Precious White". I also like solid backgrounds in the Koi paintings below.

 
This one above hangs over my desk as a daily reminder why I liked this painting.... everything. Wish they were all like that. At that moment it was my best because it accomplished a personal goal! These are favorite works that make me happy. Sometimes they show up together like twins or triplets. Personal benchmark paintings resulting of a challenging learning curve. The good old fashion "raising the bar" to improve skills thing, not a result of lady luck!

Darn! Lady luck sounds like something a Vegas gambler might say..... I suppose an artist and a gambler are similar in that regard.... with one caveat, in both cases experience relies more on skill than chance!
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Another in my personal collection escaped once for a good cause and returned as I hoped it would. The refrigerator will have to be empty before it leaves again! However it is available as a Giclee..lol

Andy Warhol had a great quote about making art.
 "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if its good or bad. Whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art." Andy Warhol

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A weekend seacape


Air and water is hard to beat. I sure do like messing with it. This one has a few birds as mile markers to increase the illusion of depth. I found if crashing waves are rendered rapidly the feel is more convincing, especially at a distance, close up, yikes! That's where pieces of paint and brush texture count. Something I’ll  always work on.

 Sunday 24x24 oil on linen (3-26-18 canvas 1229)
 

 

DISTANCE, DIMINISHED LIGHT & SPOT

Friday, March 23, 2018

A nice week to paint

Monday I started a 44x48 canvas about young ballet dancers called "Precious White". It seemed large compared to my recent binge on 24x24s.
 
MONDAY & TUESDAY



Thank goodness for studio lights - not much natural light today... only a grey day and lots of rain! That meant some last minute BRIGHT yellow was needed! 

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday under diminished light, a spot exposed a sympathetic yellow ring that might be a useful design feature.


THURSDAY & FRIDAY
"Precious White" 44x48 oil on gallery wrap (3-23-18 canvas 1228)



"Precious White" has a touch of Moon Gold - also, my first pure white background. I had no clear idea where this was going until Wednesday when I saw that yellow halo framing a central figure.. Then it just all came together.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ready to show off

Yikes! This week was jamb packed but last night, we got to unwind! I think the gallery looks pretty good. The teams work was intermix seamlessly with mine.  




OIL & METAL SURVIVOR 



OIL & METAL SURVIVOR


PEACE by Barbara Byrd

SUNSET RIDE by Susan Pavvola


SPRING CUTTINGS

OCEAN LIGHT by Victoria

BLUSHING 


The SIP Coaches "WOW" wall (center) is well represented by Artist Terry Lacy

ZIG ZAG by Terry Lacy

SKYSCAPE by terry Lacy


OIL & METAL SURVIVOR
(I'm referring to them as survivors because many did not make the cut)
Stop by, take a peek or better yet give one a good wall to hang around on. 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

TO ALL THE JANUARY & FEBRUARY TEAMS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!