On the Easel
Not sure where this is headed but it's almost finished.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Grande Dame
Rest for the road-weary. Early bed tonight for a full day painting en plein air in the White Mountains.
Friday, March 19, 2010
I'm thrilled to learn that I will be staying with my Chester College colleague, psychologist Stephen Soreff, at the legendary Balsams grand resort this summer. Stephen and I will be presenting our program, The Adventure of the White Mountains in Art, Literature and Experience.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
It's spring break at the two colleges at which I teach, Chester College of New England and New Hampshire Institute of Art, and my wife Anna is celebrating life on the West Coast, so between entertaining Max, I'm (almost) getting a chance to catch up on some long 0ver-due to-do's and (gasp) painting some new things.
This one, called "Moonlight," is 8x10 and destined for Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown.
I am going back to some of my earliest modes- tonal landscapes of mood and suggestion. I'm in love with the half-tones and the shadows. I will be exploring the outer boundaries of representation in this mode, and I plan to see what I am able to express even while pushing these paintings into abstraction. I long to soar large on these. But I'm starting small first so that I can create numerous canvases in which to try out a greater number of variations in method and idea.
I've been loving studying "old master" techniques using still life subjects. I'm using a limited palette, in this case to create a Caravaggio-like "tenebrism" - i.e., dark, almost featureless backgrounds with highly contrasting, strongly directional lighting of the main subject. Applying several glazes of translucent paint layers lets me build up a glossy surface into which light passes and bounces back out, creating a luminosity that seems to come from within the painting. This luminosity is one of the advantages of using oils, so I figure might as well take the time to do it and let the medium be its best self once in a while.