I am feeling like I am gaining ground with my abstractions.This is the most recent. I look forward to starting the next one.
I do my drawing flat, on a table, and allow myself plenty of room to move around. Eventually I move to an easel, and finish the piece vertically, in the way it will hang.
Combing pastel and oil on canvas gives two totally different textures a chance to compliment each other. I’ve been enjoying exploring the combination.
I see this painting being more influenced by my landscape studies than the other recent works on canvas. A subconscious landscape.
This piece is even more textural in real life. Exuberant even.
This is among my first forays into the combination of pastel and oil paint. I am now deep into this series, and loving it. I look forward to sharing these works together.
Drawn during a cold spell (it didn’t get over freezing for several weeks). I draw these pastel abstractions laying flat on a table, and work without declaring a top or bottom until very near the end of the process, when I shift the canvas to an easel for the final touches.
This is one of three landscapes on canvas I did in the fall of 2012. Each was a different size, and I did them one a day over a three day period. Shortly after these were drawn Winter hit Ohio hard, and I haven’t yet done an outdoor landscape in 2013 (as of 4-6-2013).
Divisions, seasons, the changing of the light, the change of the air temperature… it’s all part of the moment.
I have been painting with pstels my entire adult life, and have developed a ground of canvas over wood gessoed with 180 grit aluminum oxide mixed in with a black gesso. I am after a mix of spaces, the real and the surreal. And I am after preserving the touch of the hand of the […]
This late fall drawing of my back yard was done by candle light on my back porch. Somehow only having a vague idea of the color I’m holding can make for a nice surprise the next morning.
A crisp fall afternoon, relaxing after a day spent carving. Leaves are gone, there is a light mist over the corn stubble in the field. The plowed ground becomes shadow.
The walnut stands clear before the forest as the light fades from an ordinary day made extraordinary. It amazes me that I always see something new in the same scene, hundreds of sketches of my back yard later.
This smallish drawing is one of a few landscapes on canvas I did fall 2012, between larger canvases. Works this size are done in one day, and are a way I clear myself between the abstractions. I like the immediacy of working this size.
This rather surreal landscape is almost alone in my portfolio, not quite like anything else I’ve done.
Sometimes these simple sketches manage to capture time of day and time of year. They are a pleasure to make.
I feel like I’ve come along way with my canvases this last year. Still- I don’t dislike yesterday.
My daughter liked this one, and it fit in her first apartment, and that is where it hangs now. I love that.
The summer of 2012 was a period of transition. I had begun the series of pastels on canvas over wood, and the technique of drawing flat on a table. I am still exploring these themes, and this piece still holds a place in my home.
I have done only a few smaller works recently, and even fewer vertical compositions. I hope this piece finds exactly the right home.
This piece was a commission from a friend. Thanks Amy! The piece is framed in steel and installed.
Transitioning from paper for my pastels to canvas… a bit of work… this is an early example.
This is one of the first pieces I dis with pastels over a gessoed canvas over a wood substrate. I can draw and paint on the same canvas from here on out.