Friday, July 26, 2019

"His Hunch"

6 x 8"
oil on panel

The Art Institute of Chicago has several paintings by Vincent van Gogh but his Self-Portrait is special.  The size is unusually modest and you'll notice he adopts George Seurat's pointillist technique - one he saw in Seurat's fabulous A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.  Every single stroke is slashed on in little bits, the background is speckled with blues, greens, oranges and reds on top of a teal/blue surface.  The face is intense with multitudes of flesh, teal, oranges, reds, ochers and whites.

It's a small painting but an enormous treat for visitors.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

"Hat in Hand"

6 x 6"
oil on panel

It is always a pleasure to loosen up and enjoy a more-painterly approach to a painting.

A gentleman resting on a bench on the second floor in the American Art Galleries in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Monday, July 22, 2019

"That's a Wrap"

3-3/4 x 10"
oil on panel

I had this leftover, odd-size panel and I'm sorta obsessed with saris - I think many are so beautiful - and I snuck in this new painting for an auction.

The large painting in front of the woman is #61 (Rust and Blue) by Mark Rothko.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

"Throwing Shade"

7 x 5"
oil on panel

I live vicariously through painting....