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.

another crazy little color study

garden color study (3)

I like my crazy little color studies for up-coming largish landscapes.  This one measures 13.5 x 9 inches.  Unfortunately they are nearly impossible to photograph properly.  They are hard to “read,” as it is, their whole raison d’etre being color.  Que sera sera.  What is most interesting about the study — the character of the color relationships — is also the feature that causes the photography challenge, that and Mother Nature’s grey mantle this morning, and my general naivety about the technical aspects of photography.

Later on, when it really matters, I’ll have to rephotograph all the finished works (not the studies).  I just post the studies and the work in progress stuff as a record for myself and hopefully as entertainment for my internet friends.

The study is painted using acrylic paints on unstretched canvas primed with clear acrylic.

An earlier crazy little color study was posted here:

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

crepe myrtles in Neopastels

long crepe myrtles prep drawing

I read through the forms using a ball point pen in the previous post, and here I’ve rehearsed the forms in color using Caran d’Ache Neopastels (oil pastel).  The drawing measures 18 x 11 inches.  Didn’t color everything.  It’s just a dress rehearsal, still thinking out loud.

Seeing Wolf Kahn again

wolf kahn at addison ripley
Wolf Kahn

We got to Addison Ripley Gallery a second time to see the Wolf Kahn exhibit  before its last day Saturday, January 13.  Kahn is 90 years old.

His beautiful, intense, evocative color so deftly handled is a joy to behold.  It’s wonderful inspiration for me particularly now when I’m painting landscapes. The small but powerful painting above is one of our favorites.

I saw the exhibit the first time just after Christmas.  The link is here:

https://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/wolf-kahn-at-addison-ripley/

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/

 

wacko

owl flowers dec 2017 (2)

Above is the crazy intermediate stage of a painting that just keeps getting more and more complicated.  It’s the polar opposite of the floral still life I last posted.  And it’s got 1,728 square inches of burgeoning hyperactivity.  And I’m taking a wee little break from it just now.  For a day or two …

Some things on a table

still life drawing for yellow ptg

Today I’m doing a rehearsal drawing for a painting that’s in the works.  This still life drawing — itself still in the works — makes up one part of the painting.  I make the drawing to reacquaint myself with all the objects and because it is fun to draw it.

I work on this practice drawing from a photograph I took a long time ago and also from a drawing I made in front the actual still life, also from a long time ago, and as it happens all the objects in the two references are seen from a slightly different angle than they are seen in the painting, which as you may have guessed, I began a long time ago.  So I will have to turn the positions of the things from memory.  And making the rehearsal drawings is one way to better understand the things in relation to each other.

Plus, as I say, it’s fun to do.

featured work: crepe myrtles

crepe-myrtles-brilliant-day

The crepe myrtles are blooming right now.  All over the region they are in fullest flower, some trees are covered with blossoms.  I have always loved them from my earliest childhood. My mind connects them to the many journeys to North Carolina to visit my Grandmother back when parts of North Carolina were still rural and wild. I remember the heat and an enormous landscape, a quiet that overflowed with insect noise.

We all have different sources of nostalgia, but I think that sometimes in art we communicate the nostalgia inside the painting — even if your summers had radically different referents — perhaps you can feel the nostalgia as a force in itself and find in a picture something that returns you to a place of special meaning in your heart.

I painted this landscape a couple years ago.  And it’s today’s featured work for my new website at Fine Art America where reproductions of some of my pictures are sold.

https://aletha-kuschan.pixels.com/featured/brilliant-summer-aletha-kuschan.html

This picture pairs well with another crepe myrtles painting, both have similar bright colors and energy.  One is vertical, one is horizontal.

I keep seeing wonderful crepe myrtles on my trips through the region.  I have got to find time to portray them again.  Just drawing the shapes of the forms takes me back to a dreamtime of my past.