Some of my artwork is on display at Pittsford (NY) Town Hall until the end of June.
This is an experiment: a new technique and a slightly new style I’m trying. Same old subject matter.
The September meeting of the Pittsford Art Group included a demo by Stu Chait, abstract watercolorist. He drops paint onto a flat surface by either squeezing the paint out of a big brush, or pouring it from a cup.
I thought this might work well for an idea I got at the Roco 6×6 show. I was inspired by this portrait at the left, and so I thought maybe one could combine Chait’s abstract big drop idea and Sarubbi’s high-contrast simplification. I ended up modifying it significantly as you see, by putting in eye and ear color, and I chickened out on leaving the chest all white, instead putting in a light drop-in of the same colors to set the chest back from the face. I loved how the “black” came out, and that has no subtle shading on it on purpose, requiring the shape to tell your eye what the form is. I feel I made the background too bold, but other than that I like it. I did the whiskers with white gouache again.
This work is painted with 4 colors: Intense Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Deep, and Burnt Umber, the “black” being all but Yellow Ochre. I almost never use more than 5 colors in a painting.
This is a commission piece. Noelle looks like a very sweet dog.
I used gouache in a painting for the first time, to do the white whiskers. Usually I use a razor blade (scratches away the paint revealing the white paper) but it wasn’t doing what I wanted. Masking fluid never does what I want. Gouache is an opaque watercolor, so it can be used on top of any color.
I was chicken-sitting for neighbors one winter a few years back. There had been a lot of snow and while the chickens loved to peck the snow, it was way too deep for them to walk in, so they had been stuck in a small patio I was shoveling for them.
This was the first warm day and the snow began to melt around objects such as this free-standing door. They were thrilled to sneak along the edges of the snow and peck in the dirt for greens and roots.
This friendly donkey lives with his girlfriend in the Finger Lakes.
My daughter had a watercolor accepted into a student art exhibit at the Outside the Box Art Gallery in Fairport. There’s a reception 2-5 pm on Sunday and the exhibit runs through April 29th.
I have been doing a series of casual 6 x 6’s in various media, usually on the back of scrap or abandoned paintings. I didn’t sign any, with the thought of taking them to the RoCo 6x6x2014 show.
The first three are from a Farm Sanctuary calendar, the cub was from some magazine, and the other three are my own photos.