Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sketchbook study for an un-announced, forthcoming project


Forthcoming project study #3, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

It was still early, and the sun's lower limb was just free of the hill, his rays, ungenial and peering, addressed the eye rather than the touch as yet. 

- Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles



Monday, October 28, 2013

Sketchbook studies for an un-announced, forthcoming project

I will be posting during the next few months studies and sketches from an un-announced, forthcoming project.  Regular studio work will be mixed in with the posts as well.

Forthcoming project study #1, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

Forthcoming project study #2, ink on board, 9" x 12," 2013

It is a pity indeed to travel and not get this essential sense of landscape values.  You do not need a sixth sense for it.  It is there if you just close your eyes and breathe softly through your nose;  you will hear the whispered message,  for all landscapes ask the same question in the same whisper.  'I am watching you -- are you watching yourself in me?'  Most travelers hurry too much...the great thing is to try and travel with the eyes of the spirit wide open, and not to much factual information.  To tune in, without reverence, idly -- but with real inward attention.  It is to be had for the feeling...you can extract the essence of a place once you know how.  If you just get as still as a needle, you'll be there.

- Lawerence Durrell, Spirit of Place:  Letters and Essays on Travel


Monday, September 16, 2013

9/13 - 9/15/2013, Part II

Continuing to work out that long term painting from the summer.  Lots of textures in the surface and color relationships to resolve.  To further that goal, spent time working out ideas with marker on vellum paper. Progress is posted below.

detail of weekend vellum drawing

marker drawing on vellum

detail of long term painting

detail of long term painting

detail of long term painting

We get used to a certain kind of color of form or format, and it's acceptable. And to puncture that is sticking your neck out a bit. And then pretty soon, that's very acceptable.

- Lee Krasner

Sunday, September 15, 2013

9/13 - 9/15/2013, Part I

A weekend exploring the relationship of color.  This post is part one, color and landscape studies.  Indoor studio time forthcoming...

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #5, 9/14/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #6, 9/14/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, color relationships, 9/14/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.  - Albert Einstein

Thursday, August 15, 2013

8/12-15, 2013, A Week of Sketchbook Adventures

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #3, 8/9/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #4, 8/9/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Still life of Roses for long term drawing #26, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Figure Study for long term drawing #27, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Drawing is putting a line around an idea.  - Henri Matisse

Friday, August 9, 2013

8/9, Hot outside, but cool in the shade...

...cool enough to continue to explore plein air work at Finlay Park.

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #1, 8/9/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Finlay Park #2, 8/9/2013, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Literature expresses itself by abstractions, whereas painting, by means of drawing and colour, gives concrete shape to sensations and perceptions. - Paul Cezanne 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

8/5 - 8/8, This week's indoor studio time..

...is a slow ending and a fast beginning.  Working on the long term work is taking more time each day than I expect, and that is OK.  Decided to balance the time by working on a painting based on the pool side sketches.



Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world.  - Albert Einstein


Monday, August 5, 2013

8/2, Pool side plein air ride.

Sketchbook page, Pool side #1, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

Sketchbook page, Pool side #2, marker, 
 and pen on paper, 9" x 12"

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
-Thomas Jefferson