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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Bunny Saga

5 1/4 x  8 1/4 Oil

This little painting is the outcome of an experiment, a failed one, earlier in the year. 

I was trying to use a technique which Marty Poole talked about during his artist's talk at West End Gallery last summer. 

Somehow he separates the pigment from the emulsifier and then creates spooky surfaces on his paintings. 

I used an old, unfinished painting (from the Jim Mott workshop in Ithaca) to try to do what he did, but I failed miserably. 

So, I got out a palette knife to scrape it off, and was playing with the paint, when I saw a rabbit, of sorts, appear.

Intrigued, I stopped and let it dry.  Another day, I teased out the outline of the body, the cottontail and the feet.

From there, I could see where I wanted to put the face-- but chickened out--- until I found some rabbit photos. It amazes me what you can find online if you are specific about what you are looking for.

So, then I gingerly placed the face.  And, felt confident enough to order a custom frame for it. But, I was still trying to figure out how to make sense of the body---there were too many "ears"--- so I unified it with a scumble in similar colors and value as the background.

That's how it looked when I was started working on it during Sparkle, our community holiday event.  I received numerous suggestions --- from all ages --- which was lots of fun and part of why I enjoy having a studio on Market Street--- from it looks more like a hedgehog or friendly rodent (?!!) than a bunny --- so I really worked on making the ears pointier, and overall, warmer and fuzzier.

Here is how the bunny looked by the end of the Sparkle event.

Now, the frame has arrived, so I have pushed to finish it. (It needed a custom frame because it is 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, an odd size.)

And that's the saga of the bunny painting.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Snowy River" Oil Painting

Propped up to finish drying before hanging

"Snowy River"
16 x 12 Oil on Panel

The frames I ordered finally arrived!  When they do, it pushes me to finish what I have started.  Today I tweaked this one, then signed it.  Now I just need to put the hardware on it, so it can be hung.  Feels good to have one finished.