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“Too Bossy” (in progress), 24 x 30, oil on linen, #388

Posted February 27th, 2013 by | No Comments

I did a first color pass on this painting today. I really like working wet-in-wet, so I prefer not to spread a painting out over too many days, but I’m finding that doing so has some advantages I hadn’t anticipated: mainly that there’s more time to consider how I want different parts of the painting to look and to think about what I want to emphasize.

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“Too Bossy” Value Study, 24 x 30, oil on linen, #387

Posted February 27th, 2013 by | No Comments

Started “Too Bossy” today. I enjoy this part of a painting, and sometimes, don’t even want to continue with color. In this case, though, I think the color will be challenging, and I look forward to transforming this “brown cow.”

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Sign of Spring, 8 x 6, oil on linen panel, #386

Posted February 26th, 2013 by | No Comments

The painting group met at my studio today, so I bought a couple of pansy plants. I love them because of their “faces” and of course, the color they add to my porch this time of year.

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Too Pretty to Eat, 30 x 40, oil on canvas, #385

Posted February 25th, 2013 by | No Comments

Finally finished “too pretty,” at least for now. I had lots of R & R this week, which kept me out of the studio. It felt great at the time, but now I realize that not painting for four days makes me feel like I’ve been out of practice for years! I’m scared to face that blank piece of material Monday morning, and yet can’t wait to get to it.

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White Hair, approx 16 x 16, oil on panel, #384

Posted February 20th, 2013 by | No Comments

Life drawing all day today. This was painted on a panel I had just covered with “underpainting white.” It wasn’t yet dry. Very, very hard to get any darks with the chalky white coming through! Lesson learned.

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Reclining, charcoal on newsprint, #383

Posted February 19th, 2013 by | No Comments

“Only the patient and diligent, as well as the inspired, get there.” Mary Oliver, “A Poetry Handbook.”
Worked all day on the donkey; now he’s too wet to photograph. Meanwhile, this drawing is from my last life drawing session, where I think I was practicing both patience (with myself) and some diligence in continually trying to pay attention to what I’m seeing.

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Tangerines on Patterned Cloth, 9 x 12, oil on linen panel, #382d

Posted February 19th, 2013 by | No Comments

When I visited Chadds Ford, PA, I learned that N.C. Wyeth made it a practice to paint a still life every week. This one, today at the painting group, was my attempt for the week. I think the practice tends to keep me earnestly looking at my subject as I paint, though I admit I took liberties with the cloth and the background when I got home. The picture just seemed to need these changes.

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Donkey (in progress), 30 x 24, oil on linen, #381

Posted February 17th, 2013 by | No Comments

Started this work on this donkey today. Wow, what a lot of work there is still to do! and little chance of getting to it tomorrow. Hope the paint’s still wet enough to work into Monday afternoon.

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Mailboxes, 9 x 12, oil on linen panel, #380d

Posted February 15th, 2013 by | No Comments

This is an “indoor” plein air sketch, done while looking out the window of Susanna’s studio on a chilly morning. Sometimes my longing to get outside is just so strong that it overwhelms even the most carefully set-up still life.

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Village Barter, 9 x 12, oil on linen panel, #379d

Posted February 15th, 2013 by | No Comments

It’s just plain fun to paint with friends, especially when they help you out, as happened to me today. I was just playing around with an old photo from Aegiali, and it kind of jelled into a different group of people than the ones represented by the camera. The friends came in handy as we discussed the (kind of odd) composition and what they imagined the group of people to be doing. I hope that in some way, I can give back as much to them as they gave me today.

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