Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
In the days of the plague the only figures I can draw are trees. At least they don't move much. Over the last five days I visited this one tree at Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA to draw it. While working on the last two drawings it sleeted or snowed, so I had to draw on wet paper held vertically. 9x12 inches, charcoal pencil on paper.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA has many views with steep angles. Here's Bee Hill Road on the left and a sloping Sheep Hill on the right facing north into Vermont. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
Monday, January 18, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Here's looking in the same direction as my previous post, due north into Vermont, from Sheep Hill in Williamstown, MA in winter. This painting is more abstract, no snow. 9x12 inches, oil on panel.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
This spot, the corner of a pasture on Luce Road in Williamstown, MA, I pass by frequently, and sometimes something will be different enough to startle my awareness. It's often caused by light and geometry. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
The great Irish poet Seamus Heaney said, upon seeing a portrait of himself, "It's more like me than I am." This might be the case of most of my self-portraits, which nevertheless continue as a useful exercise in the time of the plague. Painting the same landscape under different circumstances, like Monet's grain stacks, can a be beneficial for the artist. The same goes for a head or a face. For this portrait, I took my inspiration from Bonnard's self-portraits where he seems to be looking into a bathroom mirror, though whether he actually painted them in the bathroom, is unknown. He tended to paint from imagination most of the time. This one I painted in front of the bathroom mirror. 12x9 inches, oil on linen.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
If you walk the western path going North at Field Farm in Williamstown, MA. you will encounter this double tree. It wasn't a sunshiny day when I last visited it recently. 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
Monday, January 4, 2021
One can use eyeglasses, not only to see with, but as a grid to assist in painting a face. This painting is based upon the Rembrandt self-portrait in the National Gallery in London. I've read that Rembrandt wasn't really so introspective as we might think despite all his self-portraits. That's our modern sensibility being read back into the paintings. Most of the self-portraits were more like a calling card, saying: "See this. I can paint portraits too. Hire me." 8x10 inches, oil on panel.
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Not able to leave this one alone, I kept adding paint. But I'm done with it. I based it upon the Sargent self-portrait, which only makes me appreciate Sargent even more. Our faces are chameleon-like. One can identify a Rembrandt self-portrait, but they are all different.