Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A high school class mate was kind enough to keep a painting that I did back then for an English assignment. I wanted to discard it at the time, but she asked for it and saved it all those years. I am grateful to her. She recently found my blog, and asked if I wanted the painting back. Of course, and now I am burdening you with it. What strikes me, beside my musings then, is that my paint handling, especially in the sky, is not that different from the pastel painting I did a couple days ago.
I will return to painting tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This is a larger 11x14 version of a canal painting that I did back in August. I did this one as a commission. I like it better too. Though I will continue to do 8x10 paintings, I really like the 11x14 size. This is on colourfix paper, which I prepared with a combination of wash and rub-in colors.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I like to think that patience is one of my virtues, especially when working with people, but sometimes I don't have it when it comes to making art. Especially when I realize how much more work I must do before I reach the fluency that I admire in other artists. But that's the way it is, and fortunately I do enjoy the work. It's just that sometimes, I want to leap ahead, but have to put in the necessary work, and be patient.
This is a view looking west down Blair Road. 8x10 on uart paper.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Taking a break from long views to look into the canal. This view is near the only memorial to an American spy, John Honeyman, in Washington Crossing Park, NJ. 12 x 12 on colourfix paper. First square!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Another view looking towards the Taconics from Stratton Road. This pastel is 11 x 14 on colourfix paper.
The following comes from a book titled Silent Fire by James A. Connor: It is an art, the root of all art, the contemplative gaze mastered by poets and painters, the contemplative hearing mastered by composers, the contemplative touch, the contemplative smell, the contemplative taste. You can eat the world as painters eat the world, dance with the universe as if it were all music.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
You may say the view can't be real. I say it's one of the most incredible spots I know. By the way, if you think I am in an 8x10 rut, I plan on making some pastels in different sizes soon. The method behind my madness is that I want to be able to frame something quickly. I don't have time or inclination to cut mats, or make frames.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have wanted to do long views for a while. Only time will tell if it's a beneficial path. What happens when I finish a picture is that, whether I like it or not, I am committed to it enough to put it here, which I sometimes regret, and you may too. Sometimes what I thought was not so great turns out better over time, but more often what I thought was splendid, I put away in storage. I have about 90 paintings on view in my studio space. I retire a few each couple weeks to make room for the new ones. (I also will revise a painting and put it back up.)
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The vehicle is a "Richardton Dump Wagon" that raises up to dump its load of corn into a truck. When you walk along the road and see this thing standing in the field, you can't help but keep looking at it. It's like a sculpture by Anthony Caro.