Sunday, November 20, 2016

Night's Glory


Summer Glory,
 Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, 6"h x 7"w, 2016 #18

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Coming back from farmer's market with some fresh pots of blooming orchids, whose translucent petals just glow under the light on my painting table. I took tons of reference photos and cropped some very close-up and dramatic views... Orchids definitely have​ a very seductive atmosphere around them, which resonates with the night's air... The deep, saturated red center makes me think of old Hollywood movie posts on which the heroine's lips are always to invitingly blushing red and moist... In a way every flower is both an invitation and a seduction. Looking at them, I cannot help but think evolution has peaked in this culmination of both functionality and aesthetics. Orchid is the glory of hot, steamy tropic nights...


Friday, October 28, 2016

Medicine for Melancholy


Medicine for Melancholy,
 Oil Painting on Centurion Acrylic Primed Linen, 8"h x 6"w, 2016 #18

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Another little oil painting, this time from life -- although I have spent about twice as much time afterwards to correct colors, flatten values and soften edges, as well as work on the hair. This model has the most intense gaze I have seen in all the models I've ever painted from. I really wish I had more than three hours' time to do it justice...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Moonrise, Eucalyptus Grove - 30/30 Challenge 2016


Moonrise, Eucaplyptus Grove,
 Oil Monochromatic Wash on Claessen #13 Douple Oil Primed Linen Canvas, 6"h x 8"w, 2016 #15

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This is a little monochromatic oil wash painting I have done in Kevin Courter's nocturnal painting workshop. the dark passages are completely transparent (no white used), and value variations are done through thick and thin of paintings. I worked a lot to try to create interesting edges and overall shape of the eucalyptus trees, and varying the colors subtly by using a bit more red or green in creating the dark color mixture used here. Trying to convey a quiet, subtle mood and had a lot of fun doing this... 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Evergreen Notes - 30/30 Challenge 2016


Evergreen Notes, Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, 7"h x 12"w, 2016 #13

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Playing with limited palette and want to create the illusion of fog in the background. To add warmth in the foreground I used a muted yellow-brown which compliments the overall blue-purple color scheme of the painting. The painting was done from a quick 30-minute study on site when hiking in the high sierras. The way those tall mountain hemlock and silver fir trees dance in the wind left such a strong impression on my mind, that even now I can still just close my eyes and see it...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ode to Spring - 30/30 Challenge 2016


Ode to Spring,
 Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press Paper, 8"h x 8"w, 2016 #10

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My most recent obsession is to have combine the portrait of a single flower -- not the glamorous rose or peony, but those often only seen in clusters, such as tulip or cosmos, and a large, abstract background, playing with amorphous shapes and textures contrasting the sharply defined focal point... I think there would be a few more to come in this series as I am working on several of them at the same time. These take a lot of staring and only gradually come into being after many layering and being putting away for a while, as the imagery come largely from my head, instead of from a defined reference photo. It is a new diversion for me, and I like how it prompt me to react to what's happening on the paper while wet colors are dropped in. I am listening to watercolor more now, instead of always trying to cajole it into what I have initially planned it to be. I guess it's all part of coming into peace with this challenging medium...



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