Work continues on the smaller drawings and paintings. In the
new year, I’ll be having a solo show of large-scale figure paintings. For
now, landscapes and life-drawing
sessions take up most of my time.
“Floor Pose” was drawn from the model and then re-drawn from
a photograph. The forced stillness in the face is the opposite of naturalism,
but it’s also true to the pose.
In “Garden Figure,” the figure and ground are connected by fragmentary color. The caffeinated marks still
somehow manage to convey contemplation: a woman sitting, looking out over a
garden--but with all the electrons painted in.
|"Floor Pose"-colored pencil on paper, 12" x 9"|
|"Garden Figure"-acrylic on wood, 12" x 12"|
As in “Floor Pose,” “ Right Glance” was first drawn from the
model, but many months went by before I re-drew it from a photograph. It’s a classically over-staged
life-drawing pose, a study in angles and melodrama, which suits me fine.
|"Right Glance"-colored pencil on paper, 12" x 9"|
“Green Blouse” is another hothouse flower; the simplified
setting wasn’t about to keep me
from laying on the color. All she
needs is a rose in her hair to turn it into a flamenco poster.
|"Green Blouse"-acrylic on paper, 10" x 10"|
I continue to do a lot of on-the-spot pencil drawings, and
“Toddler” is a good example of the
practice. It was done in less than five minutes, with vision and revision as
|"Toddler"-colored pencil on paper, 12" x 9"|
“Green Scarf & Sweater” returns to the garden setting
but in a quieter frame of mind. It’s so muted & non-specific, I’m surprised I kept it, but there’s also some sense of mystery
there that continues to hold my attention.
|"Green Scarf & Sweater"-acrylic on paper, 10" x 10"|
“Vest” has the specificity that “Green Scarf & Sweater” lacks, the feeling of a
particular person alive to a particular moment. There’s the same sureness as in the “Toddler” drawing, but
in this case it took me three or four hours to acheive.
|"Vest"--colored pencil on paper, 12" x 9"|
The first Wilder image here is a trumped-up addition. It
certainly wasn’t done this month, maybe not even this year. Still, it connects
with “Wilder Blues” (a bona fide November entry ) in a curious way.
A single color dominates both scenes, red in the first painting and blue in the second, but
each of them is counterbalanced in a very different way.
|"Wilder Storage Tank & Barn"-acrylic on wood, 16" x 12" |
|"Wilder Blues"-acrylic on paper, 10" x10"|
See you next month with a final post from Lucky ’13.