Thursday, August 16, 2007

August 16 - The Three Dog Commission, progress

I'm very pleased with how this LARGE painting is coming along as I continue to cover the canvas with another layer, and obliterate the underpainting (which still peeks through yet minimally in the sky and background areas). Doing oil layers on a surface this vast means I have less blending opportunities and it brings to the forefront my skills with acrylics in mixing and adding the covering layer.

The gods have miles to go before they are finished, but I am more pleased with their general "sense" of dogginess at this point. During this painting session I was not concerned with them. I hope you'll compare today's painting with the earlier version on July 17 (in the blog).

On other news, I'm starting some new adventures--not the least of which is podcasting the daily paintings--putting up the entire two years of work on iTunes. Alberto is starting that project, and I'm recording the audio so you can see the paintings and I'll be talking about each one--embellishing the minimal text I'd written on the days they were painted. Each podcast will be just one minute long. But there will be several hundred you can get on your iPod or share with friends. I'll let you all know when this the released.

You see, I do have a bit of time to work on other projects now while I paint!

Congratulations to John Ottaway of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on his addition of the Keeneland painting "Keeneland Morning Overlook" which he found in my ebay store.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

August 13 - Maine Light, 12 x 9 Acrylic

Ah, such nice memories I have of the fog and coastal ocean, especially when I exist here in 100 degree dry heat of August in California, sun baking the ground. However, deep in the cool depths of the inner studio, I'm painting away. I'm in oils again working on the three-dog commission again. It is going well. The scene to your right is one I did while thinking about all I'd seen and experienced while on Mt. Desert Island, and it is in acrylics with sand texture under it, and layers of the blue/orange complementary colors I so love. It is also backlit, which adds another dimension to the experience.
I'll be putting this one on my ebay store within the next day or so. It will be available for $275 unframed, plus $5 shipping within the United States.

For folks who have attended a "Color Boot Camp" with me, there's a new Yahoo Group set up to talk about the System and to ask and post questions. Kathy Sweeney is the owner, and welcomes all artists who have or are learning the Color System. You can find out more about it by clicking here.
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