crepe myrtles in acrylic

long crepe myrtles first swipe 2

First swipe at the landscape of crepe myrtles in a long format.  The canvas measures 18 x 36 inches.

I’ve almost persuaded myself that it’s not January.

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“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/

 

second pond drawing

pond with lilies 2 drawing

Here’s another quick thinking-out-loud drawing made with the Bic Velocity pen, well smudged.

I love, love, love, love, love drawing this way.  Totally carefree.  Just see something, put a mental line around it, and a physical one to parallel the mental one.

It’s like sight reading in music.  Once you start, you keep going.  Make mistakes, but don’t mess with the rhythm.

first pond drawing

pond with lilies 1 drawing

Here’s the first drawing for a new painting.  I don’t make the drawing as a thumbnail sketch since I won’t refer back to the drawing once I begin painting.  It’s just another form of rehearsal.  I like to think about the shapes a few times before beginning.

I also just love drawing. I love scribbling with the loopy, meandering lines of a pen.  This is not the Bic Cristal that I usually use.  This one has got a much bolder line.  It’s a Bic Velocity.

I found that the best time to smudge is right after you’ve drawn the line.  The ink doesn’t smudge so well once it has dried.  I wear gloves — otherwise my finger tips would be the same color as that deep blue ink.

flower fantasy

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Here’s the small painting for which the previous painting is a study.  This one measures 18 x 24 inches.  The study rehearses the white flower below the daisy.

The painting already looks significantly different from this photo above.  I am making textured adjustments to all the sections of the picture.  And some of the flowers will be better defined also.

painting rehearsal

green flowers study central flower

I’m working on a small flower painting today and have used this even smaller study above (8 x 10 inches) to rehearse approaches to the central section of the main painting.

The painting is textured and the study is also.  I love the freedom of acrylic paint for texture.  You can pile a lot of paint on the surface and paint right over it again in a fairly short period of time.

Some of this approach I want to translate later into oil.  But in oil the strategy will need to be a little different.

on the wall: Sea Flower

sea flower

This small painting Sea Flower will be on exhibit beginning this week in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, at the Torpedo Factory.  It combines two of my favorite things — a Queen conch seashell and my favorite floral cloth.

Here’s another view of the cloth, a detail from another painting.

flowers in the cloth

The favorite floral cloth ends up in a lot of things.

In Sea Flower the two subjects almost blend together in a fairly abstract image.  It was the camouflaging of the seashell in the painting that made me realize that the Queen conch is kind of a flower itself, a hard beautiful calcite flower.

The painting on exhibit is for sale. Inquire for details.