pentimenti

koi before flowers (2).jpg

I was going to be a koi painting, and it would have been horizontal.  But now it’s a flower painting and it’s vertical.  Here’s the canvas before it’s transformation — which is taking place these coming days.

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going on exhibit soon

bouquet still life with striped cloth

The dark painting of flowers has been accepted into the May exhibit at the Art League.  It will be on the wall from May 8th until June 3rd in Old Town Alexandria.

gardening indoors

ek's garden 2 (2)

I’ve been working on this picture for the last week.  It’s a 30 x 40 inch acrylic painting of the old garden.  And it’s almost finished.  I seem to be going left to right so the whole vertical right side comes next.

Nonetheless it’s kind of a prototype for this motif because I have another version in mind too.

The first painted sketch I made for it was called “the little garden” so I guess the version above shall be considered “the big garden.  Little Garden is here:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/little-garden/

long crepe myrtles reworked

long crepe myrtles reworked

I liked the first version a lot and thus was reluctant to have another whack at it right away.  And there’s nothing wrong with that: I had plenty of other things to keep me busy.

But it’s undergone another swipe.  I still like it.  And I still think it needs some further something, though I’m not sure what that something is, so once again I’m briefly setting it aside while I contemplate my next move.

The earlier version is visible here:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/crepe-myrtles-in-acrylic/

The painting measures 36 x 18 inches.

“Koi Silk” at the Art League

koi silk in frame

Got a chance to see the January exhibit at the Virginia Art League and to photograph my oil pastel Koi Silk in situ.  I love the framing which was done by Carriage House Framing.   The whole thing measures 41.5 x 29 inches.

Here’s another view for scale.

koi silk at Art League

The exhibit in historic Old Town Alexandria goes through February 4.

Here’s a link for Carriage House Framing.

http://carriage-house-picture-framing.business.site/

 

river of impetuosity

river on panel first stage

For the present it rolls across the surface.  Space will come later.  Here’s the first swipe of a river picture.

I posted a whimsical little pen drawing related to this image last week.  So, the plot thickens.  But even as it thickens, it’s still whimsical.

More of my mental escape from winter!

Here’s the link to the drawing:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/slenderest-bit-of-idea/

 

soft twilight

landscape painting dec 29

Not only different (warmer!) weather is available to the landscape painter’s imagination, but different times of day also.  I can luxuriate in a never extinguished twilight.  When I go back to it, adding a few more dabs of paint, I get to wander among those trees again and see the pale rose light.