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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"Moonlight" LIttle World Oil Painting

Little World No. 9-"Moonlight Row"
1.5" round oil, 8x10" framed

This is my newest little world, entitled "Moonlight."  And it is the last of the original batch of 9 black frames and companion collages of origami/international currency.  Click  here to see all nine.

Well, this "end" created a dilemma for me.  Do I stop making Little Worlds now that I am out of materials?

I have lots more ideas for Little Worlds, and it was making me sad to think about stopping, so I started to track down the materials I would need.

The frame is discontinued.  The wooden rounds are discontinued.  The fiber washers I bought from CBC and painted gold are discontinued.

But I was able to find more international currency, from our travels in the past: Italy, Austria, Singapore, Mexico, Bermuda, China, Taiwan, ---even a note from Cambodia when I went to see Angkor Wat  --- and from Argentina which was from a business trip over 25 years ago.

Finding the money and thinking about all of those experiences made me even more motivated to keep going.

So, I persevered and have now found everything I need but the frame.  And I will keep on working on a source, or evolve to a new frame.

I have two "drafts" of paintings on my easel now.  one for "Armchair Traveler" and another for a "Drive-In" movie theater.

These will be the beginning of the next generation of Little Worlds.


Monday, July 17, 2017

New Book on Colville

Alex Colville is one of the most popular artists in Canada, and there was a retrospective of his work in 2014, shortly after he passed away at age 92.

My art buddy, Anne, got to see the show in person in Canada and showed me her hard copy of the book associated it during my visit with her last January.  I was hooked.

So, I tried to track down a copy for myself.  It wasn't available in the US... until now.

A deluxe paperback edition became available on June 27, 2017.

It is cleverly edited by Andrew Hunter of the National Gallery of Canada and explores how Colville's art can mean so many different things to so many people, including how it impacted himself.

Wes Anderson's movie shot on the left.
Colville's painting on the right.

Much of the commentary is about Colville's influence on pop culture and other artists and writers, including Wes Anderson, the director of Moonrise Kingdom.  

The book is chock-full of his highly personal, quirky, moody pieces.  Animals are frequently in his paintings.

He was a WW2 war artist the book includes some of that work, and how it affected him.
He explores everyday stuff from unusual perspectives.  
The book also includes his highly contrived works, like this one.  

Faces are often turned away or completely obscured, making us wonder what is really going on.

I have also been clipping his paintings and putting them in a Pinterest album if you want to see more of them.  (Click here to see my pinterest page of Alex Colville's work.)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Quiet River II" Oil Painting

"Quiet River II"
18x24" Oil

I recently re-worked this painting.  Last year I was using saturated (vivid) colors.  And this year I am working on being more subtle, but still using lots of color.

Last year
I also corrected some of the drawing issues, and prioritized what the painting was really about, i.e., the sky reflections and the quietness of the river as the sun goes down.  I gave up the drama of the sunset.


"Long Lake View" Oil Painting

"Long Lake View"
12 x 24 " Oil
Here is another one of my imaginary landscapes.

I drove everyone around me crazy because I kept changing it.

Here is how it looked after the first session.  Too linear.  Too pastel and flat.  Sort of reminded me a giant caterpillar.
Then I created center for it. To try to break it up.  And add layers of hills as we have around here.

Then I focused on light coming from behind the imaginary bluff and warming the other side.

And that's the mood I settled on.  And then kept working on the size of the bluff, and the light and shadow of the water.

I won't bore you with all the other variations.  But I counted them.  There were 15 separate days of messing with it.

Now I hope it finds a new home, so I don't un-frame it and start to change it again.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Imaginary Landscape" Oil Painting (Updated)

"Imaginary Landscape"
8x10 Oil

This is an experiment where I utilized a raw sienna (yellow) ground as a jumping off point, and created an imaginary landscape.  The yellow brush marks of the yellow ground reminded me of fields of grain, which became the foreground.  I created a path leading to distant farm fields in the hills beyond, past a pond on the left.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"Pear" Oil Painting

6x4" Oil

This is an imaginary pear --- and a small painting --- only 6x4".  I find myself interested painting pears when I get stuck --- as a way to get back into painting again.  This one became a golden pear.