Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
oil over paintings
I like what is happening. I'm most interested in arrangements. The music metaphor is appearing. Lyrics are not essential. In fact, a distraction. Rhythm and pattern....movement and static.......texture and shape.......... these are interesting things, I feel.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Did this one second. Totally out of my head. Thinking only of seated woman. Paint one. The one below I spent entirely too much time observing, trying to replicate real conditions. I suppose figure is a bit different than landscape but not much. The difference is you can play with a landscape and make it work many ways. The figure..............not so much.
Nathan Oliveira was a big influence when I approach figure. In searching for a clip I discovered he just passed away. This is a brief clip that shows little work. For anyone who likes stripped to the core figure work check him out.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
both 14"x11" over old paintings
My local art association has the members' figure show coming up. Pulled out one of Liz's dolls and went to work. The bottom piece is my old style done today. From observation. This top piece has me excited. I feel my recent studies are coming to fruition. This one is a combo of observation and feeling. I've thrown a few realities out the window. I'm inspired to continue the journey....
I think I'll enter the top one and the red dress from a few days ago, depending on what comes out next.
portugese group that is noteworthy.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I should reiterate. All this recent stuff is from imagination. I'm digging into my unconscious. I remember and use the laws to a point. I just scrub in paint until I think I see an image. Then build on it. This work could easily be discarded but I feel it's critical towards developement. The balance of expression and representation is most intriguing. I figure one must explore their imagination and take what is learned towards what one sees. In the end, I suspect the laws must go. This is with the goal of individuation of course.
A complete flop. I see this cathedral from my studio everyday. I've painted it twenty times at least. Figured I'd dig it out of my skull. I can't win. I'm not Catholic the Cathedral is......................
I've decided to include clips of influential musicians to the posts. Play the clip and view the work. These are all artists that I feel have an expressiveness that I try to get into my work.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
So I swing back and forth....back and forth... brights and neutrals......brights and neutrals. Dug this one out of the last wipedown. Admittedly, I went very quickly. Much to do and preoccupations on the mind. Not painting conditions.
Side note. Went to Philly last night to pick up work and attend the Chester county artists critique. Good times. Drove home around midnight through Lancaster county. The landscape was one worth mentioning. Amish buggies with flashing taillights, Dutch Wunderland(a kiddie park) with flashing all kinds of lights, houses with Christmas lights, headlights, dashboardlights........the clincher was the amish buggy rather rapidly approaching a hitching post at a turkey hill mini mart...at midnight. Tonight on the news they mentioned the lights are now on at Dutch Wunderland. A young girl was interviewed and mentioned how the lights were "enchanting". while I drove by I couldn't help but think " these lights are blinding and totally not natural". I guess I am losing that youthful enthusiasm. I do wish I had my camera. Saw some killer amish buggies backlit by neon mall and convenience store lights. Oh yeah, the Amish don't want to be photographed. Go figure........................
Monday, November 22, 2010
Did this gesture, color, figure "sketch" tonight. Went into studio thinking cityscape. That didn't last long. Wait til you see what happened next.
20 x 16. Ok, anti-climactic. I started out doing a second figure study in green. The whole time it never vibed. Both of these are over old paintings. I realized that I started copying the first one. Grounds for murder I say. The first one materialized from the ether. When I try to copy not so good things happen. So grabbed towel.....wiped.... stopped. You see, Brian doesn't like to repeat himself. Welcome to a day in the life. By the way, I think I see a nice painting in this one.......
Sunday, November 21, 2010
both 24"x24" oils
The top piece I just did. Took a year old painting that I didn't mind and immediatly covered it with red paint. Blinding bloodbath would be a good phrase. Grabbed some paint soaked paper towels and started wiping. The painting I mean. Vertical.......horizontal......throw on more red......wipe more out.....20 minutes of this and I started to see the image. Carved out a brushfull of neutral and threw it on. Nothing gentle here and yet there is a softness in edge that I truly like. Not sure how my galleries are feeling right now.........
Saturday, November 20, 2010
all 3 8"x8" over old paintings
so this afternoon I found great interest in painting over poor work. Scrubbing out, dashes of paint,wiping, rewiping, scrubbing, finding................ this seems the new approach. It interests me. To add an object with paint is a poor solution for me at this point. Much as a sculptor would say, I need to find the object if there is to be one.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Did these 3 tonight. Tried another variation on a bridge. the one on the right is the last posting wiped out and redone....from my mind....good bye farm....good bye cows. I dread where my unconscious is going. I suspect it knows. I dont think I'll be pegged as a one type artist after these recent efforts. Some would say "He has no direction" I would say "A made up mind lacks direction" The question being... who or what is the director?"
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
8"x10" oil over a painting
If you ever decide that life is too easy, start painting bridges. Here's a tip. Throw all reality out the window! Engineers have their purpose and artists have their own. To deconstruct engineers work! Take it back to it's vibration. Ok, excuse me for getting all hermetic. Color vibrates as do we.
14"x11" plein air
This is the piece I did 2 weeks ago plein air. I think it holds up. Again bridges are a painters nightmare. So I paint them frequently. It's been a tough year to travel. So many of the bridges are under construction. It's like going to the dentist or orthodontist. The collective unconscious has to be hating bridges these days. I still like them. And hey, they bridge the gap.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I'm completely engrossed in this childlike endeavor. I might do these things all winter long. Or, I might quit in a week. Maintaining focus on direction is difficult. Just what is my goal? Am I interested in color relationships or shape relationships? One thing is for sure, the idea of just painting a picture is a very distant thought. It feels like new terrain. Structure has entered the picture. I'd post some of my old psychological metaphor pieces but alas they are no longer. All's fair in love and war........... I killed them.........
Sunday, November 14, 2010
So as I explore the depths of my unconscious a few things reappear. Obviously, landscape dominates. I keep wanting to put in structures but keep wiping them out. Already I'm forgetting the color theory part and regressing to form. The top center piece is close to the "goal". Pushing the boundaries of color. Joseph Albers is the latest influence. Always has been but is showing up big time now. I'll be pushing the 4 colors reading as 8 next.
as promised. Art students league work from 1999. Just for fun, here's insight as to where I'm coming from.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I've added a vertical element to each low horizon line piece. Painted over the original pieces. It's nice to be digging into the psyche again. Who knows what will be next. I've scrubbed out so many alterations. A sense of freedom is apparent.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
all 6"x6" oils
New studies considering color theory and temperature.The top set represents a sun from behind view. Cool sky, warm midground and foreground.
This set represents a backlit scenario. Warm sky and foreground cool midground. Of course I've left out many options. They are to come. This needs to be built up gradually. Not sure how all monitors will see the color temps but will post more exact colors in the next few posts. Tomorrow I'll change horizon line and flip flop sky colors. You may or may not be amazed at how " natural colors" are not important.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Mark Twain had his Mississippi river. I have the Susquehanna. I live right beside it. I grew up with it. I ate crayfish out of it(crawfish to my Louisianna friends). Granted not far from three mile island so I'm probably lucky to be alive. Not glowing yet. I love the river. This piece happens to be Otsego lake in cooperstown NY. This is where the Susquehanna's east branch starts. It's so cool to live down here on the banks and be able to go to camp and see this lake.Where it all starts.
My recent work has been done differently than my usual stuff. I used to always premix all of my colors and tweak as needed. I'm now just diving in. Creating a big slurry and throwing it. No palette knife, imagine that. The result is less texture but I'm finding interest in the result and a bit of freedom from time constraints.