Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A new watercolor wedged into my oil painting regime, tomorrow the setup will be changed back. My holy grail for a studio is a place large enough for a watermedia area and one for oils. Believe me I know I`m fortunate just to have shelter, my neighborhood isn`t doing too well. But someday this luxury may be mine. I wonder if I`ll still care. My brother Mike says 'you can`t have what you want until you don`t want it anymore'.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
My inner pre-Raphaelite got loose last night but he`s no good at titles either. As always with Yupo it`s best not to insist on any idea. I`ll document the development of a painting on Yupo sometime, it`s amazing how many things I try to get something to work.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I`ve been working on this the past week. Looks finished to me though I suspect it will get tweaked somewhat. This is the largest painting I`ve done in months. In a sense, working big is easier, it`s all more relaxed. With small pieces, everything counts.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Someone asked me recently if I had been able to express the grief of my brother`s death in my work. I said no, I`m a landscape painter. Then I realized with a wave of emotion, these little 'Over the Sea' paintings were about my loss. They`re almost after thoughts, busy work, exercises to keep painting. Memory, legacy, respect and affection. These find a way.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
A couple of times a year I need the challenge/relief of painting something without a 'subject', something non-objective. Over decades this has turned into a body of work. Last winter I was working on two shows of landscapes and wanted a break from trees. I did this.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
'Tonal' painting was an early interest of mine. When I lived on the farm, I would walk in the forest at dusk and note the values begin to merge. One of my favorite watercolors from that period  was of our three Nubian goats grazing the meadow at night.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I just looked at my Thesaurus for different words for wetlands. Surprisingly few in common usage. 'Rain on the Fen'?, ah.., what`s a fen? Paintings must be titled, it`s a matter of accounting and organization. My practice is to stick with the facts. This lack of imagination can cause chaos later, especially over the phone; is it 'Marsh Morning' or 'Morning Marsh'? Not so good for business. Numbers might seem like a solution but those are even harder to remember! I`m open to suggestion.