Painting babies and little kids are a bit of a challenge to me. I don't feel free to use my more aggressive brush strokes and find myself blending and softening. I actually drew this one before I started painting. I don't remember if I have ever done that before.
Here is the progress of a painting I am working on. It is not finished. I have to wait until the paint dries so I can make corrections and use some glazing. Probably one more day of work ahead.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Not every painting I start ends up to my satisfaction. I worked on this one too long. It had a good start and then I began the struggle. The background didn't work and after I finished that, I realized that the story was not being told, since I had not included her hand in the finished painting. The next day, after trying to forget how many hours I had worked on it, I covered it with black gesso and started a new painting and a new pose.
|what happened to her hand?|
Friday, September 16, 2016
Here is "Wein 1910 from the "Memories" series. I start with a few coats of milk paint to create a white, absorbent surface. I use milk paint rather than gesso because that is compatible with encaustic, while acrylic gesso is not.
I start the image with ink washes to define the image. Then I add 2 or 3 coats of clear encaustic medium followed by oil paint washes. I apply the paint, soften it by rubbing and then fuse with a gas torch. You can see that the paint moves under the flame. I use charcoal to get the blackest blacks; scrape with a razor blade to soften and add texture. Finally a added a bit of gold encaustic to frame the title "Wein 1910"
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|ink wash drawing|
|oil paint and charcoal on the right|
|More charcoal paint and fusing|
|I scraped with a razor blade to soften.|
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Under my high school graduation picture in the 1952 year book, some mysterious editor wrote, "Artists are always young" At 17 years old, I didn't understand it. Now, I do. We are never finished; even though I boldly proclaim, several times a years, "I am through painting forever and forever." That is until I am driven to create a new series, thinking I must make the best art possible to leave in the world after I am gone.
Here is quote from May 20, 2913 issue of Art News titled
You Become Better With Age. http://www.artnews.com/2013/05/20/making-art-after-8/
Artists who are going strong at 80 and up find that old age offers freedom, self-assurance, and room to explore .
I finished the series Reverie yesterday. There are 12 paintings. all are 80cm x 100 cm on board and are available for purchase.http:www.ezshwan.com
I will take my usual break to work online and get ready for a gallery opening Oct first. I am sure there will be more paintings. In the back of my mind I am picturing some smaller cold wax abstracts, but who knows? I have loved figurative painting since I was a child.
|Remembering When We Met.|
|The Kiss of the Giant Hummingbird|
|The Key to Her Heart|