The continuing process off understanding Catherine. From Judith Reve’s drawing class, Drawing for art instructors, or something like that. After about a year we’ve all progressed to capturing this level of drawing in about 2 hours give or take. Drawing in like any effort. You learn it do it all the tome you get goo. But also fast.
Cleaning out some draws to make room for stuff that I’ll clean out in a few years for more stuff. I found these. From my days on Beacon Hill at Kennedy Studios. Primo’s was around the corner. I did these and a lot more in trade for food. Yummy. I had a lot of fun those days. Too much fun if that’s possible. I was a cartoonists working in the alternative newspaper scene. Mostly for the Real Paper. Sometimes for the Boston Phoenix, the dark side.
Here is a Phoenix piece.
For most of the past year I have been taking a weekly drawing class with Judith Reeve. The class was put together to teach art teachers to draw the figure. A more classical in approach than I have done since art school. I didn’t see the relevance then. I did well at it but pursued a live in humor. What a laugh. Looking back at the thousands of humorous characters that I drew over 18 or so years. All from my imagination! I couldn’t have done it without those three years of life drawing classes. I can still remember Mr. Litberg in his grey painters smock an pipe. The model Mr Fisher who had modeled for Picasso in the 1920s.
Today I understand that I couldn’t do anything without drawing the figure on a regular basis. Everything about scale, color, perspective is understood in the figure.
I bought some cortlands to make a pie. I think Cortlands make the best pies. I was fussing about in the studio and found this nest. So it just seemed like the right thing to do. I put an apple in it. Then I forgot it. I was cleaning the palette and saw the apple in the nest. I smelled it too. Time to paint . I painted it yesterday. Just stood up and painted it over the day. Scratching and brushing brushing and scratching until it was done. I think. Pretty much a neutral palette excepting the apple wihich has a lot of Raw color. Tomorrow Pie.
Last weekend I attended a Peter Fiore workshop. I alway get a boost of freedom when I paint there which I do several times a year. This time I was able to combine the looseness that I always seem to find there with my ever more focused approach to color. The base colors here are all semi—neutral colors derived from my 12 color spectrum palette. When I need a saturation boost I tint with a top line color. I’m not a conscious color temperature guy. I always figure if I see it I'll get it. Here I started out with the understanding of a two zoned color temperature palette. I think I succeeded.
This is a tough painting to photograph will ail the thicker than usual brush strokes. Its pushing a little red in the sky. Most of the subtle touch strokes are evident though.
About everyday I see this scene. It almost always presents itself in a different light. At this moment the colors were amazing. At the end of the summer's one green season. This is the upper Delaware River about two miles south of Skinners falls. The challenge was getting all the stuff happening on such a small panel. I decided to neutralize my color with the Sloan neutral mixes. The brush strokes are contoured with the land, tree and water features. I did most of this with pretty big brushes. I painted this so I could try to capture the clouds and sky. I’m happy with that result. I may do a few things to it as it dries down.
One thing I thought about as I painted this its how we see. My eyes don’t see everything in focus. That is not to say that the things I’m not focusing on are out of focus. If I stand back a little from this painting I see that happening in the painting. This must be some natural way of seeing that I never thought of. Now it eating a hole in my brain. So much realism is painted at f22. All things in focus.
The show was a success. Our vacation was good though we both suffered from bronchitis requiring a visit to urgent care . We did get out to Monhegan Island. A very serine place. Not being up to a hike we shopped around a bit had a magical scone then lunch at the big hotel. Very nice. When we started lunch it was hot and humid. We walked out into what can only be called a sea change. Much cooler and drier.
This was the first thing I saw when I walked out. I dropped my bags and grabbed my iPhone and shot this. The always unique Monhegan light combined with a shining sea reflecting the incoming cold front. This simple image captures. the stark beauty of Monhegan Island. And may I add the exceptional camera in the iPhoneX.
Of course I packed my painting gear as always and didn't paint a thing. This year I had an excuse.
We'll be have a talk and discussion period on Tuesday August 21st from 5:30 to 6:30.
Talking about the interplay and collaboration between artist and model.
My paintings of food have been mostly little. 9 x 12, 6 x 8 or 6 x 6. Fun little expressions. Excuses to fool around with paint. While looking at a 30 x 40 canvas I had hanging around I got the idea to painting a big piece of fruit on this canvas. I've painted pairs of pears many time over the years so I went back to that comfortable story.
Every summer The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance holds the Riverfest art and ecology street fair in the village of Narrowsburg on the Delaware River. One of the highlights is the auction of the artist's posters.
About 50 artists can make an original artwork on the preprinted blank posters to be auctioned for DVAA support. Link to last years entries.
It seems we have set the final pieces for the August show.
August 17 – September 15, 2018
Opening reception from 7 – 9 pm Friday, August 17, 2018
DVAA, 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY
For the past three plus years I have been painting every week at Johan Sellenraad's studio with Johan and Judith Reeve. Other artists will often join us but the three of us have painted most every week from the beginning. Over that time we've had six or eight different models. For the past 2 years our model has been Catherine.
We have formed a sort of collaboration. Sharing ideas on color, style and composition. We each have a different style to our work. We influence each other through selection of pose to the mood of the sessions. I have been strongly influenced buy both Judith and Johan. Johan has changed how I attack the canvas with the influence of line. Judith has opened my eyes to structured color. One day I'll fit the whole figure on the canvas;).
This August we are having a show at the Delaware Valley Art Alliance in Narrowsburg, New York . An exhibition of three very different artist's paintings and drawings. Working from one model for over a year. The show will run from August 17th to September 15th in the Loft Gallery at DVAA. With an Artis's talk on August 21st and DVAA Gallery.
Catherine. Never a bad pose. Always graceful in gesture. Without her there would be no show.
Over the past 4 years we've been very lucky to have some terrific model here in the Upper Delaware Valley. This is Corrine from the latest session at Pauline's first Tuesday drawing social. these are 1 minute to twenty minute poses. A tremendous model. An athlete artist. Her poses are classic and inventive.
Working from life has become pretty much normal now. Working with models is the best part. The figure contains all the proportion, perspective and spacial challenges you need. It requires energy and some on the fly imagination
Of course there is the majestic Catherine who never strikes a bad pose. Who Johan, Judith and I have been painting for the better part of two years.
There is Justin, Marie Louise, Racheal who was Ianni's favorite, Dianne, Miguel, Mary, and Soha. And a bunch whose names I can't remember. The best part of being an artist.