Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mountains, Mountains

This afternoon's weather was delightful, so I went to the top of Sheep Hill to paint my favorite view of the mountains, Greylock, Prospect, Stony Ledge and the Hopper, which is not a mountain but a distinct space in between the mountains.  Recently, I was in Provence where Mont Ste. Victoire seems so high because it stands alone, but Mount Greylock is actually a few feet higher, 3,317 vs. 3,491.  This painting is a 12x16 oil on panel.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Another Angle

Believe it or not, but he told me that he's smiling.  Actually, he didn't tell me any such thing.  He just wanted to pose from a different angle.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Face Paint

You're probably getting tired of seeing this guy by now, and it's only been three portraits.  He keeps pestering me now to paint his portrait.  I have to admit that there are so many variations possible for a portrait.  So I can't say what will happen next.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hat On

My sitter came by for a few minutes yesterday.  He didn't stay long, and kept his hat on, so I had to paint quickly.  Funny how this time the painting came much faster.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Figure Painting

It's always good to paint different subjects, even if one prefers landscapes or cityscapes.  I continue to paint the figure from life as part of a weekly drawing group.  This 12x9 oil on linen sketch is from our last session this week.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Headed My Way

In the last few days I spent a lot of time painting this guy's portrait.  His head kept growing and shrinking.  I eventually had to end this particular sitting at the point you see here.  However, he was nice enough to agree to come back for another painting.  I am indeed happy that I didn't chase him away.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Same Spot in Aix

The top painting I did while in Aix in September.  It represents the Jas de Bouffan, the mansion acquired by Paul Cezanne's father in 1859.  It's a 9x12 oil on multimedia board.

The other painting was done by Cezanne in 1887-90.  What is interesting about the Cezanne painting (besides being a great painting) is that it is the only painting considered to be of the front or north side of the Jas de Bouffan.  All of the other fifty or so oils and watercolors of the Jas de Bouffan Cezanne did at the back of the building.  I'm not convinced that the Cezanne painting represents the front of the building.  The balcony and main ground floor entrance are not visible though Cezanne always took liberties.  But I like the idea that I could have been standing in the same spot as Cezanne when I did my painting.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Aix Intersection

This is not a view of Rue Celony.  The painting depicts where Rue Aude intersects with Rue Espariat in the old section of Aix en Provence.  The sun makes an enormous difference in how these ancient buildings appear.  The is a 12x16 oil on panel.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Rich Rue and Squeezed Cars

Another view of Rue Celony in Aix-en-Provence.  This narrow street is rich in views.  People in Aix squeeze cars into the tiniest parking spots using great patience and many backward and forward movements.  However, most cars that I saw had tell-tale signs of this activity.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The End of Landscape

Rue Celony again.  It is a narrow street that pedestrians and vehicles use as a shortcut to get to the old part of Aix.  Fortunately there are metal barriers to separate people from machines.  This painting is a 12x16 oil on panel.

Here are a couple interesting quotes from the Alex Danchev biography of Paul Cezanne:

'Asked why he was so fond of ultramarine, he [Cezanne] replied: "Because the sky is blue."'

'"With Cezanne landscape itself comes to an end," proclaimed the artist Robert Motherwell in the 1940's.'

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Visual Time

When in Aix, I would see this view every day, illuminated differently of course depending upon the location of the sun and clouds.  This is just one slice of visual time.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Up in Aix

This little 9x12 oil painting is the one I prize the most of those I did while in Aix.  I took the bus out to Le Tholonet with all my gear, and climbed up the path to a spot where surely Cezanne once stood.  I could hardly contain my excitement.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Rue Celony

This 12x16 oil on panel depicts on the left side a view down Rue Celony in Aix-en-Provence.  If one were to continue for another mile and a half or so, the Jas de Bouffan would be on the left.  But I couldn't help being impressed by this magnificent building and its diagonal shadow.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

View in Aix

A 12x9 oil on multimedia board that I did while in Aix a few weeks ago.  This view was accessible from a side area off the Pavillon de Vendome garden.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Return to the Pond

Having seen this view yesterday to the left of where I was painting, I went back to the pond today to see what I could do with it.  The painting evokes what I was looking at, the late October sun coming through the trees which have lost many leaves and the pond reflecting the sky in the middle ground.  This is a 9x12 oil on linen sheet.