I am painting this for an exhibit I want to participate in. I ended up ordering 12 cotton panels from the Jerry’s Artarama website. I usually avoid painting portraits on cotton panels because of the unpredictable quality and texture. I struggled through this painting because of this, but the turnout is not too bad. The painting seems to absorbed by the cotton and so I had to paint multiple layers to maintain the saturation levels I wanted. I will have to apply another level of gesso before I paint on these. I am a big fan of linen, especially the Senso linen panels, and of the gesso boards. I think the panels will be better suited for landscapes, which is why I purchased them in the first place.
I recently went back to oil after working with acrylic for some time. I must say that I have become fond of oil paint and have even enhanced my knowledge of the use of the wet-on-wet technique. I was able to finish the painting below in two days working 3 hours each time. Liquin has been a life savor when it comes to the drying time. Still, I am finding that I do not need it as much as I thought. I still may go back to acrylic for certain projects, but there is nothing like oil. I used a mixed of brands, which include Grumbacher, Utrecht, WN Winton, and Williamsburg. I have never had any issues with these brands.
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I have been focusing my attention on landscapes for an upcoming show, but I decided to do a charcoal drawing of one of Michelangelo’s works. I also want to make a series of smaller paintings, similar to the Night at the Beach painting below. I have a few shows coming up and I want to make my art available to those who cannot afford or do not have space for larger paintings. Something I have also been doing is catching up on some great books by listening to audiobooks. I recently finished listening to Henry James’s Portrait of a Lady, which I really enjoyed.
The Dying Slave: Charcoal on paper
I wanted to focus my attention on the face and the values.
A Garden: Acrylic on 14″ x 18″ Canvas
This painting is based on a beautiful area I frequently visit, The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.
Night at the Beach: Acrylic on 5″ x 7″ Canvas Paper
Living in a coastal area allows me to experience different types of environments. Most of my art depicts water, but this is my first true night scene.
18″ x 24″ canvas panel
This one was inspired by a visit to Tybee Island, the coastal area of Savannah, GA. I really have come to enjoy the style of impressionism. I always want to push my painting to go beyond what the eye sees and knows!
The hardest thing about a self-portrait is drawing you as you are, flaws and all!
16″ x 20″ Canvas Panel
Based off a view of Triplet Park in Savannah, Georgia.