Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nothing Flat

It's remarkably difficult for me to find source landscape scenes (that I can steal/commandeer) that don't have central flat, calm, and securely grounded areas situated front and center. You know. Quaint recumbent meadows or serene marshes. Right now I am interested in making pictures of outdoor spaces that are insecure, roiling, precipitous, and worrisome. There aren't a gazillion models out there, in any format. (Other than the classic Grand Canyon overlook pictures.)  I am experimenting with taking larger works and cropping out all but peripheral steep and sloping areas. It's not a very satisfying way to find or create this kind of source material. But, hell, hermits can't be choosy. So oh well.

This one is 5" x 5" and is quite rough. I am not sure I like all the light specks of paper peeking through. This was done on an old piece of Wallis paper that has the deep grey tint, so I was reluctant to muddy it up with an underpainting. Next time I'll chance it.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cantilevered Tree Line

This one is 5" x 5", cropped. It started with a much large nearby tree on the left side. But as I worked the dark green limbs and played around with the foliage mass, that big tree kept growing across the page. Eventually it covered almost the whole left side of the sheet. Too big! The distant line of trees on the ridge line got lost in the shuffle. So I extended the 'scene' further to the right, and re-cropped into a square. I like it better now.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mozart Miracle

Happy 258th birthday to the miracle that was and still is Mozart.





[This a portion of a portrait painted by Joseph Lange, Mozart's brother-in-law. More here.]

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Small and Square

This is a smaller one, 4" x 4". I like the red glow behind and inside the trees. I'm not sure what it is, but I like it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Then what isn't, indeed?


Adapted from Is This Art? (2010), Maciej Ratajski

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Daily Pastel Again


This is 5" x 5" and is another in the series of daily (well, almost daily) pastels.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Daily Pastel


This is another in the series of daily pastels. This is 5" x 5", which seems to be a optimum size both for speed and for avoiding being intimidated by the whole daily concept.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Small Pastels Daily


This is one of a series of small pastels that I am planning on completing every day.