Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Trailing Spouse Series, 3 x 48"x72", acrylic on Canvas
Warren lake NS in Summer, Fall and Winter. A deep breath is taken to commit the place to memory. In every relationship one has to compromise, Fall is a time of transition. What remains are memories and evergreen trees.
"No Matter What", 4' x 4' diptych, photo image on paper
Building on the smaller portrait I am now exploring a much larger diptych which will include layers of images. The ground layer of images include poses , indecision , that lead to the final pose that I used in the original portrait. I've done this using masking in the digital world. The final mask layer is just the faces as I feel that the connection between the two figures is shown by how they are looking at one another. To place them in a diptych shows how even to pull them apart in two canvas will not break that bond.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Dave and Ev, 20 x 20, acrylic on Canvas, work in progress , 31.07.11
The 31st was Dave's birthday so I focused a bit on him. It's now time to bring Ev up to speed. She has wonderful thick dark hair with highlights. Her hair will be a contrast to Dave's which hair which is white and fine. This will be the ying and yang of the piece.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Angela Sleeping, 48x72, acrylic on canvas, 06.20.2011, finished.
This portrait was based on an IPhone picture taken to capture a moment close to the photographer's heart. The strength behind the portrait is the viewer is allowed into this very important piece of some one's world. Sometimes our dreams can clash hence the reason for the somewhat violent ground offset by rosie sleep.
Angela Sleeping, 48X72, acrylic on canvas, 06.09.2011, end of the day
I've brought back some of the ground under the subjects heads. I found there was too much contrast between the fabric and the pillows cutting the canvas in half. Here I evened out the contrast in order to centralize the figures.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Trip Home, 12"x 36", Photo imaging on transparent sheets on canvas
The trip starts with a simple portrait image, the portrait remains the constant as we move through the map planning stage of the trip, the people and places visited and the sense of place, home, remains.
What Remains, Unfinished, 48"x 72" Acrylic on Canvas
What Remains is the third painting of The Trailing Spouse Series. I plan on harding the ice front left to right, further define the trees in the foreground of the landscape and bring more of the graphic sky blue back through the hair of the figure. This will bring the landscape forward and push the figure back but maintain the graphic finality of the piece.
The Compromise, 48"x72", Acrylic on Canvas
The Compromise is part two of The Trailing Spouse Series. In this painting the landscape bleeds away as the figures prepare to leave. The palette sets the stage for the turmoil surrounding the decision to leave.
Monday, February 21, 2011
A Deep Breath #2, 02.17.2011 unfinished
First layers of the figures are complete. Now I'm going to develop the interlocking shoulders to mirror the mountain overlap, add some orange..ish glaze to the foreground figure and finish the hair. Once that is complete I'll reassess the shadows and opacity of the middle ground figure.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
A Deep Breath #2, 7ft x 4 ft, acrylic on canvas.
( unfinished )
The second in a series of three paintings. Based on a photograph taken of Warren Lake in the Fall. The dying leaves and the landscape are bleeding off of the canvas. This painting is the ground for the second piece.
A Deep Breath, 7ft x 4ft, acrylic on canvas
I take a deep breath every time I visit Warren Lake in the Summer and I take another breath when I leave so it will somehow stay with me when I'm away. This piece is the first of a triptych. The central theme deals with emotions surrounding ex-pat life and how that lifestyle affects relationships. The figures in these paintings are transparent while the ground, the place is predominate.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Snow Leopard, 4' x4', acrylic on canvas.
To create this piece I used the earlier "Yellow Rose" piece as an under painting. I then threw pinks and burnt umber at the canvas to create energy and movement.
Snow leopard was photographed by a fellow artist Brenda Furman. Check out her fabulous work by going to brendafurmanart.com