Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cat's eye on a Van Gogh sky

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 4 1/8" x 4 1/8",
Created November 22-29, 2008, # 151.

Between sessions of letting the paint dry on a larger painting that I am working on, I came up with this little piece. It ranks among one the smallest painting I have done to date. The marble is floating on the cover of a Vincent Van Gogh art book, with text by D.M. Field. It was a lot of fun to reproduce brush strokes. In reality, mine have absolutely no surface texture at all, unlike the very thick paint that is a trademark of the genius and tormented artist Vincent Van Gogh.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rainbow on a windowsill

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 10'',
Created November 8-16, 2008, #150.

What appeals to me as a painter is color. In this simple study, It was like going back to the basics of the eight colors found in a Crayola Crayon box. The browns were used sparingly around the neck of the jar and outside the window, while the remaining seven each has their day in the sun (literary). The fact that I was able to produce this painting in a shorter period means that I am in the ''ZONE'' again. The most difficult colors for me to match are found in the palette of blues. Instead of procrastinating on the crystal, I just went for it. It really came out as I was hoping, but to achieve the proper blue, I superimposed three different already mixed combinations plus shades of Prisma violet.

This painting is another commission piece from source material photography I took myself. The mason jar is a flea market find I purchased for 50¢, while the large blue crystal paperweight and the stained glass were collectibles of the clients.

-Private collection

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sun rising behind heirloom glass plate

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 10''
Created - Sept 27 - Nov. 7, 2008, # 149

This is a commission piece. The red glass plate is an heirloom treasure that once belonged to one of their mother's. The object on the right is a blue glass vase that will be featured in a upcoming larger piece. It is pretty much a study of glass on glass, of transparencies and reflections.

Please note- The picture I took of the painting is crisp and detailed. In the process of uploading the image for this Blog, the plate becomes blurry and out of focus while the remaining image appears normal.....a Blog mystery.

-Private collection