Saturday, December 29, 2012

Self Portrait in Red Sweatshirt

I started this painting on Christmas Eve, and finished it last night.  When working on quickie personal projects like this, I duct tape pre gessoed canvas to a masonite drawing board, and stretch it later.  I have a bunch of canvas that I use just for this.  I keep about 4 different types of canvas in the studio all the time.  The finer work goes on a fairly heavy Belgian linen, and the big stuff goes on heavy canvas.  I have another linen that is almost like silk.

The palette for this piece is limited; Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Indian Red, Mars Black, Zinc White, and just a touch of Cerulean Blue.

Here is a brief plug.  My daughter got me really hooked on Spotify.  I have been rediscovering loads of music, and I spend more time at the easel.  Look out Sirius, you might get replaced.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2am Self Portrait

I started this on Christmas Eve just before midnight, and stopped around 2am on Christmas morning.  My daughter Alice cooked the best Christmas Eve dinner I have ever had.  The house smelled wonderful when I arrived home after a long and snowy drive home from West Virginia.  After dinner we played board games, baked pies, and listened to Christmas music.  It is hard to believe the year is almost over.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Eumelia nearly completed

"Eumelia" oil on linen, 26" x 16.  I may do a little more work to this painting, but for now I am going to let it dry for a week or two.