Winter vacation wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped. The blast of cold weather and a lingering head/chest cold had me focused more on Netflix and the couch rather than painting.
But with a new year in place I tried to shake off the cobwebs and get back to work.
“untitled” : Oil on wood panel. 6″x8″ 2018
Incidentally, this is also the first time I’ve ever tasted a twinkie.
My winter vacation was a great time to get things done. For about 9 days I had free rein to paint, organize, cook, clean, think, read, and learn, and play a lot of Boggle with Tim. There were also trips to Harvard Art Museums, perusing Instagram and Youtube for knowledge/inspiration. And pie.
Here’s a run-down of the art stuff:
Untitled (Surface Study) : Oil on wood. 8″x10″ 2016
1) Revisited the gold candy with the dark background. The candy paintings have been on a white background, giving them a bright, almost clinical appearance. I wondered if using a black background might change the feel. It did, and I don’t immediately love with the look. After looking at the painting for a couple weeks I pushed the background darker. I also lightened up and solidified some of the highlights and added a glaze of Indian Yellow over the transparent foil ends. All steps in the right direction. (sorry for the truly shitty photographs – a new camera needs to be in the future)
Untitled (Dreams Study) : Oil on wood. 8″x10″ 2016
2) Painted a can on a black background. Again testing the idea of darker backgrounds for the solo objects. I like this one better than the candy. I also went back in after it was dry and glazed some of the reds to make them pop more. This is using a direct studio lamp to light the model instead of daylight as on the past cans.
Echoes : Back field : Oil on board. 9″x12″ 2016
3) Painted a path. This was one of the reference shots I gathered at my father’s house over Christmas. It seemed a bit too precious to build into a full size painting, but it made a nice exercise in color temperature in the snow. I also worked on simplifying/massing the backgrounds of the trees, rather than paint each individual branch.
Untitled (Substance Study) : Oil on wood. 8″x10″ 2016
4) Bake pie, paint pie, eat pie. Prodding the idea behind the Substance series I expanded from donuts into pie. Mostly because I had pie in the fridge. Surprisingly challenging to paint the simple surfaces without seeming boring. Not quite as colorful, but I think Wayne Theibauld would enjoy.
Overpass Study : Oil on board. 9″x12″ 2016
Snow on my palette
5) Freeze my f**king ass off. At the Harvard Art Museums I came across a Monet painting of a snowy road with the quote: “We glimpsed a little heater, then an easel, then a gentleman swathed in three overcoats, with gloved hands, his face half-frozen. It was M. Monet, studying some aspect of the snow.”
It was inspiring and on my return home I bundled up and attempted to capture ‘some aspect of the overpass.’ It was actually a lot of fun. The cold definitely takes a toll on your cognitive process – about halfway through I forgot how to use color temperature. Then the snow started. I really like the left side – I may cut it down to a 6×9″
6) Work on a sunny landscape/beach scene. Which, for reasons I cannot discuss I cannot yet post.
untitled (Dreams Study) : Oil on wood. 8″x10″ 2017
7) Painted a can on the white background with direct light. The direct light on the model significantly changes shadows and highlights. It may be what I use for the larger scale paintings.
8) Annual New Year Studio Cleanup! Lastly, I spent January 2 cleaning up and streamlining my studio space. Fresh start to a new year!