This painting will be back on auction this evening - for those who would like another crack at the bidding. This past Saturday, eBay had a major outage for almost 18 hours, affecting every single item and all categories and also happened on the final hours of my painting's auction. The winner bidder was kind enough to agree to allowing me to relist it for another 10 days.
And now for something completely different. I essentially 'spackled' on a thick, toned-down white and worked within that, with a combination of scraping, painting with a brush and adding more texture. It was totally gratifying to maintain some control over the paint - often times I feel the paint has more control over me.
This painting will be auctioned, probably starting next week sometime - just want to let that thick paint dry a bit longer than usual. I'll be sure to post it again when the auction kicks in.
A note about the landscapes you've seen in the past week..... they will all be framed and arranged in a holiday window display at my frame shop. A very understated version of what I normally have done in the past years - something mellow and a bit more down to earth.
One of my favorite paintings of the week - done fast and with a flat, honker brush and a wide range of color - letting the orange ground peek through a bit more. When I need some inspiration, I look at other painters' works - with landscapes, I pour over Doug Braithwaite's to remind myself that you don't have to nitpick to get the point across.
The one yesterday was an accidental result by the way - I was pleased with the top portion, the sky and treeline, and had done something totally different below that and hated it. I wiped that off and just wanted more simplicity - picked up the palette knife that I usually ignore and played.
Same with this painting - feeling out how to balance some tighter brushwork with some loose texture. Just exercising the brain - working through a block - enjoying the freedom.
You would know I don't normally paint figures like this young woman - frankly, it isn't something you would usually see while walking through a city. I happened to be in Washington Park, in Charleston, watching some plein-air painters - and a local artist, Rhett Thurman, had arranged for a model to pose for her. Wishing I had my paints with me, I could only wonder how I would approach this. As goofy as it sounds, with a photo as my guide, I pretended I was in the park and just went for it - staying as loose as possible.
I've been getting used to painting on this orange-red ground. Just like with the black ground, I play with the edges showing slivers of what's beneath, and the red is powerful in that respect. Especially with skin. At the same time, I'm working on a spring show - most of the prep requires thinking too hard and not enought painting. But..... I did my first piece which is a bit larger than my usual - quite frankly, just to see if I could - and I love it. Can't wait for you to see it.
This new piece The Hunt for Red October is a scene from the beaches of Hilton Head Island - a man with a good book and his best friend patiently waiting for some playtime.
I really love this painting. For starters, I painted on a burnt-orange, just for something different, and small glimpses of that show through. Much like you see in Carol Marine's paintings. I love that. Also the current challenge on my Different Strokes blog - take a look at many interpretations.
Travelers and their shadows in the Reagan National Airport in Washington DC.
It felt like the best time of the year to be in that city. It's a place you should walk about and it's simply easier when it's cooler. You spot little gems like this along the way.
Saturday morning, I headed to Washington Park where I met up with a Charleston artist, Tate Nation - a delightful person to know. He introduced me to lots of his friends and fellow painters who were participating in 'Painting In The Park', doing Plein Air demonstrations and open to the public to enjoy. Those paintings were also part of the Charleston Art Auction that evening - with proceeds going to local high school art programs.
The auction was so cool - frantic pace once the man with the microphone gets started. Happy to report both of my paintings sold. It is a trip when I see my pieces up there - it's a very exciting event for me.
Just wanted to check in - I'll be back to the paints tomorrow.
Owning a business can be gratifying at times. And sometimes the weight of responsibility can suck the life out of you. A hefty repair bill was my dose of reality today, wondering how, in this age of operating at a bare-bones capacity, I'm going to pay for it. I've had better days. So I came straight home, made a pot of strong coffee and got lost in my paints. A dose of Zen.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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