Wharf Drawings

These two works were done primarily from life but also touched up back in the studio.  I did the wharf picture on site using colored pencil and watercolor.  I redrew it on toned paper that night, using my sketch and photo references.  I was really interested in getting the geometry of the buildings and theContinue reading “Wharf Drawings”

My current practice: plein air watercolor

I made a number of watercolors in Maine this summer. I really enjoyed the immediacy of the medium and the ease of clean up.  I am trying to create more watercolors from views around my neighborhood. I’m attempting to paint plein air for a majority of the work and then use photos for refinement/reference.  WorkingContinue reading “My current practice: plein air watercolor”

Abstraction

I’m working with abstraction in my art.  It is something I’ve tried over the years but haven’t given serious consideration.  After the initial stages of mark-making and color I feel stuck.  The complexity that is always available to me in figurative work is missing and I am not sure how to manufacture that complexity thatContinue reading “Abstraction”

Contemporary Artists

I recently heard about this cable TV program “Brilliant Ideas” sponsored by the financial company Bloomberg and Hyundai car company that features interviews of contemporary artists.  The episodes are available on-line as noted at this link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/shows/brilliant-ideas The two episodes I’ve watched so far were interesting and gave me new insights into contemporary art practices.

Ozenfant

Because it is summer and because I have time I pulled a book off my shelf that I’ve never looked at too closely. It’s called Foundations of Modern Art by Amedee Ozenfant. It was published in 1931. Ozenfant was a cubist artist and writer who founded the Purist movement in France in the early 1900s.Continue reading “Ozenfant”