The Paintings and thoughts of an ala prima painter on the practical to the pedantic. The focus will be on observation, technique,and philosophy.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Portraits and Landscapes
This is a portrait -- actually a sketch completed in about two hours-- I painted at M. Reznik's portrait session at All Saints Church. At these sessions the model often has as a background a pale green wall behind her. Some compensation from all the dull tones is the warm light source , shining from the lower right of the model. These sessions are really helpful to those of us who wish to keep up our portrait skills. Since I am currently teaching portraiture in Wickford (at the Wickford Art Association) these sessions force me to practice what I preach about beginning procedures, keeping to the larger masses, saving the struggle with detailed features for the last.
A couple of weeks ago, I braved some cool weather to paint a landscape. This was at Arnold's Neck which boasts a rail bridge:
The Bridge is particularly interesting at low tide when some mud and a few rocks protrude as perches for gulls. I pitched the whole key as if it were a snow painting, since it was a bright but cool day. I had done a few paintings of this Rail Bridge, but I think this one comes closest to the statement I wanted to make. (The painting is now on display at the Bristol Art Museum -- until next Sunday, March 18th.)
I love impressionist painting but there is also the influence of the Tonalist School in my work. I love the outdoors, especially the coastline, beach, rocks, and waves. I believe in a life beyond the commercial saturation of society,and I find life without poetry and music unliveable. I love the paintings of Sorolla, Sargent, and Metcalf; the music of Rachmaninov, Borodin, and Bizet; and poems of Rumi and other Sufis.