Friday, February 28, 2014

Figure Drawing/Figure Painting

I want to encourage all of you to attend my upcoming show at Iveta. (See the announcement at the end of this post). Most of my recent shows featured smaller work, but this will be a rare chance to exhibit the larger figure paintings I’ve been working on these past few years. Iveta is a great venue. I hope to see you there on Friday, March 7 at the opening reception.
This month I want to present a set of mixed-media figure drawings on the blog. They’re not on-the-spot contour drawings, and though the poses come from life-drawing sessions, the drawings shown here are reconsiderations done from photos and/or sketches from the model. They took many hours to complete, and the majority of them were reworked over several days. This kind of work is the opposite of spontaneous. Instead, it resembles the slow-build process that occurs in a large-format oil painting, with additions and subtractions pulling the image to its mark.

"Left Arm Up"-mixed media on paper, 12" X 9"

"Leaflin In Boots"-mixed media on paper, 12" X 9"

"Tannery Pose"-mixed media on paper, 13" X 9 1/2"

"Knock-Knees"-mixed media on paper, 10" X 6 1/2"

"Looking Out"-mixed media on paper, 12" X 9"

"Knee Socks"-mixed media on paper, 12" X 9"

"Crossed Legs"-mixed media on paper, 10" X 6 1/2"

"Inclined Right"-mixed media on paper, 9" X 12"

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Tom  Maderos

figure  paintings

March  7 – April 1

Iveta: 2125 delaware ave, suite f, (831) 713-0320
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 7-9 pm

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Winter Crop

I've been looking ahead to a show of large-scale figure paintings. The majority of the pieces have already been featured on the blog, but I'm happy to say that I'm starting to see something new in them. I recently re-photographed work for the show and it seemed to me that, when they were cropped, several paintings presented another side of themselves. I’ve assembled a few of these photographic details into the current entry.

"Older Bathers 2" close-up

"Older Bathers" close-up

"Figure & Sea-View" close-up
"The Yellow Bed" close-up

"Figure & Field" close-up

"Dark Stockings" cropped

"The Red Couch" cropped

"Older Bathers 2" cropped

"Figure & Field" cropped

"Figure & Sea-View" cropped

"Older Bathers" cropped

"The Yellow Bed" cropped