I had a great time painting in rainy weather a few weeks ago – Pompadour Bluff, a notable rock formation just outside Ashland, OR.
They are separate paintings but were done in the same scale, from the same place, so they flow together.
This pear packing plant by First, Colver and C street is a great painting location. Just a few blocks from my house, I run past it several times a week and keep seeing more good vantage points to paint from. This is a warm up, I’m getting my feet wet for the outdoor painting season.
If you were to walk into the painting 50 or so feet then you would come to this point.
My favorite working method is having the model come to your studio many days in a row (nine sessions, unless I lost count) – instead of the way I used to work, which was have the model come once a week for a number of weeks. When you have the model in the room everyday, you don’t forget which pigments you were using, where things were set up and what your goals are.
Finished this piece in time for the PERISHABLE show at APU. I’m also making another project for that show, that I will take no pictures of, tell you nothing about and that is temporary so the only way to view it will be to come see it during April at APU.
New work – just varnished it today. I used Van Dyck Brown and Cremnitz white for these paintings and may I just say what a delicious combo that is (not literally – cremnitz is lead and that is poison).
The workshop I just attended was amazing – we drew a model every morning and in the afternoons we studied cadavers at Standford Medical School. What an experience. These photos are from the first day – you can see me in the pink sweater with the face mask – looking frightened. First day was freaky, mostly because of the formaldehyde smell. The next day was interesting and then each subsequent day was more and more and more interesting and I’m so glad to have had the experience. Getting a sense of the physical nature of the insertions, origins, actions, structure, function of the muscles was so valuable, although really just an intro, I have much to memorize to thoroughly benefit. I’d like to go back again – hopefully this summer.
FYI – Michael Grimaldi, instructor, pointed out on the first day that these bodies were given by their former inhabitants very consciously – these aren’t coerced or unclaimed bodies or anything. Dan pointed out that studying them really shows you how that what makes us human is the animating force, and it’s true; it was surprisingly undisturbing – I kept finding myself saying, “it’s so beautiful”.
My drawings from the workshop aren’t much to write home about, so I’ll just show the cell phone photos. The real value was in the new understanding, the curiosity sparked, the ideas I plan to pursue.
I was playing with echoes in this piece – the male figure and the crab both have bent knees, orange color. The woman has a mermaid tattoo (hard to make out), the baby and the fish have their mouths open. The baby and the fish recently came out of the water.
From the past six months or so.
A couple of these are at APU during December along with works from the rest of the Painters Union members.
I moderate a weekly uninstructed long pose life drawing session.