I recently uploaded some more work on my website. Here's a little commission I did for my sister's former summer cello instructor in Baltimore. He had a teapot and teacup in his family which he wanted me to paint. I call this small painting "Study in Blue."
Just waiting on my futon to arrive so I have some place to sleep in the new digs in Brooklyn. I decided to break out the old watercolors which I found when I was packing up. I did this little sketch while I was talking to my best friend from childhood on the phone.
Two days in a row. Not bad. Here's Cafe Pedlar in Cobble Hill.
Aurora sketch for October 7, 2013 in Soho.
I didn't get to revisit this first piece too much towards the end of the residency, but here it is, still unfinished.
I'm making slow and steady progress. We have less than a week here at the Vermont Studio Center. The main problem-- if it is a problem-- is that there are so many interesting people here doing a myriad of things which I want to talk to them about. For instance, this morning I spoke with Florence Neal of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Cindy Kim who just graduated from RISD with her BFA and is returning to Toronto to decompress. Florence is doing a lot of beautiful Japanese woodcut printing, and Cindy works across mediums, but mostly is a painter and videographer.
Here is what I've got so far. My goal is to finish a painting a day and then start a new experiment on Monday. I basically have until Wednesday and then I leave Friday morning, hopefully with paintings dry:) I don't know if these goals will be achieved, but for good reason, since I'll be heading over to Nick Anger's studio to see some mold castings (he makes exquisite knives) and then to Erika Adams' undercover office hours in the Wolf Kahn building.
It's taken me a while to upload this image because wordpress is my nemesis. I don't really know what the problem is but trying to upload images to a new post is like armageddon. And I am on the losing side. Oh crap. Connection lost again. I was going to write more, but I think this is it for me. Fingers crossed that all this works.
I'm mostly done with my third cemetery painting - the winter one. I had the most fun with this one so far because of the smaller dimensions which took the pressure off. I usually paint the sky first, building up from the background to the mid-ground and then finishing off in the foreground, following the phenomenal experience we have in landscape. However, this time I treated the painting in a more "flat" way- that is, I began with mapping out the tree (and other objects such as the gravestones) and then painted the sky around the branches, which was a lot of fun and the inverse of how I usually work when I'm painting landscapes.
I've been working on three biggish paintings in my studio here in Vermont. They are all of cemeteries. The one below is about 23" x 32" and is a cemetery in the winter.
I've been experimenting with oil sticks, which I really like, and mushing them about also with bristle brushes, which I don't normally use very much. The application is much thicker than I'm used to creating, but I'm also keeping areas thin and transparent.
Below is the second cemetery painting which is 28" x 46". That's not a house but a chapel. The important thing about this painting for me is the atmosphere and mood. It's painted very softly with a lot of gamsol in a watercolor-y way. It was fun to do the tone with acrylic. Because these paintings are for me and for my own experimentation and enjoyment, I've been using a little bit of a cheaper canvas, and gesso-ing myself to save money and to lower the pressure for myself in the inevitable cases I screw up or end up not liking the finished product.
I have a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, for the month of August. Toby and I made it to Morrisville, a little town nearby, on Saturday night without too much mishap, though we did run out of gas about 40 miles out while we were listening to Game of Thrones. Yesterday, Sunday, was orientation. I'll be working in Barbara White building (above). Here's a photo of the interior of my studio and the view from the windows.
I spent yesterday doing this 15 in. x 30 in. study in the studio. It's not technically a study because I invented the atmosphere and the statuary, etc. I am leaving in a couple of days for the Vermont Studio Center for the rest of the month, and I was trying to see if this kind of painting would be interesting to do a larger version of when I'm there.
I'm about 80 percent done with a painting of Sarah Deaner. It's bigger than this, but I was struggling a lot with the drawing, which I think I've resolved ok.
Thanks to Emily Slaughter for being such an amazing sitter and having such hair! I'm thinking of cropping. I'd be interested in people's opinions about the crop v. no crop issue.
All right. So every year for the past four years I have tried to do a holiday card and failed because I procrastinated. This year I'm getting started early, I've decided. Here's what I've got so far. I think it's pretty hilarious because the poses are really reflective of who we are as people: I'm an extrovert and silly, and Toby is introverted and thoughtful. I guess opposites attract.
Here's another painting I'm working on :
I am going to wait a couple of days for it to dry, and then I'll put some retouch varnish on it and see where I need to clean it up.
I'm pleased to announce that the Los Angeles Review of Books has run a detail of my painting, "Girl in a Cafe," in conjunction with a review of Judy Blundell's latest novel "Strings Attached." Check it out! CLICK HERE