Monday, July 8, 2013

7/8, the PM: Almost

This is finished, or I should say almost.  It is finished, but as with all of my works, I will leave it hanging in my studio for a bit as there may be an area or color for me to revisit.  The State Capitol sketchbook drawing (posted below) helped to resolve the blue light on the right side of the work.

State Capitol painting, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"

Within my reach!
I could have touched
I might have chanced that way!
Soft sauntered through the village,
Sauntered as soft away!
So unsuspected violets
Within the fields lie low,
Too late for striving fingers
That passed, an hour ago.

by Emily Dickinson

7/8, the AM: Pragmatic and practical

The morning was spent outdoors, onsite making practical sketchbook choices that will facilitate a finishing of some long term studio work - a landscape painting and the large, long term drawing.  Back to the indoors to apply the insight.

Sketchbook page, State Capitol drawing, marker, 
watercolor, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, State Capitol, foliage study for long term drawing #11, 
marker, watercolor, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Live to paint, don't paint to live.  - Darby Bannard 

Friday, July 5, 2013

7/5, Indoors, resolving and hopefully completing...

...two studio paintings.  With only one drawing completed, the rain has disrupted my work out of doors, so I must retreat to the studio for the remainder of the day.

Sketchbook page, Riverbanks Zoo for long term drawing #10, marker, 
watercolor, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

- Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass

Thursday, July 4, 2013

7/4, Its in Plein Sight, Plein Air Sight...

Morning spent drawing in the sketchbook, and I survived the mugginess long enough to complete two drawings...I think that there is some good stuff which can be incorporated in long term works.

Sketchbook page, Riverbanks Zoo for long term drawing #8, marker, 
watercolor, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Riverbanks Zoo for long term drawing #9, marker, 
watercolor, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

7/3, Starting at the bottom

Today begins with working out details of the embellishments in the foliage at the bottom of the drawing.  During college, Richard Mattson reminded me to think about each painting's outer edges, and Lester Goldman reminded me to think of the bottom of the composition.  Frequently Lester would have me raise the bottom edge of my paintings to my eye level while I worked on them.  He was right, of course, and the composition and cohesion in each work benefited greatly as a result.  I will be following Lester's advice again today, and jump start the day's work with a sketchbook study of that area.

Sketchbook page, for long term drawing #7, marker, ink and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Long term drawing sketchbook drawings are based on.  Area of pictorial study is highlighted.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward 
significance.  - Aristotle

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7/2, Its all in the details, the layering of details

Today, I made significant strides in the long term large drawing.  Figures, space, and shapes are now much more unified with the addition of a buttery yellow.

Zoomed in area detail of long term, large scale drawing.

Reflexes and instincts are not pretty.  It is their decoration that initiates art.  
- Martin H. Fischer

Monday, July 1, 2013

7/1, Simple Gestures, Simple Beginnings

Sometimes I think a painting should only take one hour.  If only each work could be built with an endless flow of simple lines and simple gestures that never needed to be erased, re-proportioned, or reconfigured.

Great art is as irrational as great music.  - George Jean Nathan