I received a grant last year to help with my figurative anatomy studies. It was a real boost, both in morale and in the opportunity to study something awesome. I took a 3 month online intensive artistic anatomy course, I spent three weeks at the Stanford morgue studying bodies with Dan Thompson, Michael Grimaldi and the BACAA crew. I then returned home and began a series of four figure paintings that I am finally showing publicly today!
These figures are all posed in Anatomical Position, which is one of the first things we learn in a medical anatomy class. All the body’s movements are categorized based on this position. By making these paintings I was able to consciously translate my new technical, theoretical knowledge to the living, breathing, reality of the person. People are more than textbooks, more than flesh and blood, of course. Similar, but totally different. And this is what we love about life. Everything in the universe has a unifying baseline, but with wonderful, endless variety.
To create these paintings I hired models who came to stand in my studio about 10 times a piece. I had each person stand in the same place and painted them roughly in the same scale. It was a delight to spend so much time with each model, studying and getting to know them. In fact – three of the models are in the same family. Posterior Male is married to Anterior Female and Posterior Female is sister to Anterior Female.
I have not shown a lot of new work on my blog this past year, I have been working super hard though, I’m 65% (give or take) of the way finished with a larger project that has taken me MONTHS and MONTHS. I have a deadline of March First Friday to more or less complete the work, so stay tuned!
I’ve also been painting a portrait of my daughter that is taking a long time as well.
Medford Kim’s – a place glamorous and practical, exotic and so familiar, a place so many people carry special memories of, a place that has gotten more beautiful with age – is being torn down, beginning Monday, Nov 10, 2014. I’ve painted this spot twice before, and went out today to get make one last effort at documenting this place.
The demolition of this Southern Oregon landmark is a big deal here, so I even got a nice news piece – see it here.
I’ve written about Rogue Valley Rosesbefore – and I’m still such a big fan. Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year. She grows and sells roses on their own root stock – heirloom and new varieties, and trust me, growing these roses is addictive. I have 5 and am planning for at least 5 more. Any patch of sun in my yard gets a rose!
Come to my show opening, Friday, July 18, 5 -8 pm at the Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR!
There are 20 plein air landscape paintings created in the Rogue Valley. The pieces are arranged geographically and while some have been shown before, but many are new. If I didn’t title my pieces so literally we could have a contest to see who could guess the most locations!
Pretty much anyone from Medford knows – and loves – this place. It’s been closed for years, and I hear it’s been purchased by some big outfit and will likely be torn down soon. ALL RUMORS, of course. I don’t really know anything, except that it’s a great place to paint, although the black top gets pretty hot, even this early in the warm season. It’s funny, I listen to audio books when I paint, and often I’ll look at a painting and flash back to segments of a book. Carl Hiaasen for this one – not very deep, I’m afraid, but if he wrote stories in Southern Oregon, maybe this place would be in one.
Smithfields has another painting to replace the Rabbit that found a good home. I painted this one on a high shelf while I was sitting down and it is hanging above the vegetable piece (like so) and the perspective kind of works together in the room. Not quite trompe-l’oeil but sort of tromp-l’oeil inspired.