Last week I did two demo paintings for different art groups here in Austin. The one from life was supposed to be outside in Zilker Botanical Gardens, but the weather didn't cooperate. The model was kind enough to sit in the chilly window ledge so we had the illusion of outdoors and the soft lighting of an overcast sky. When I work with a model, I prefer they sit naturally. I've done enough life drawing and painting from models who look sleepy and unnatural. I encourage the models to talk or read a book. I'm ok with a little movement. I have an impressionist approach so it works for me.
The beach scene I did to demonstrate my quick start technique and impressionist style to a group of artists working in many different mediums. I am quite pleased with where the figures are now. They really don't need much more. But I do plan to reduce the sort of neopolitan ice cream look of the overall canvas. ;-)
Unsure if I should share this yet, as the new owners might not have seen or approved it! This was commissioned through Castle Gallery for some collectors who liked a very similar piece but needed a larger painting for their space. So... I enlarged it for them. I can't paint exactly the same scene, even if I tried, so there are differences like the position of the figures, color choices, etc.
The new painting (left) is 24x24 and hopefully sold. The first painting (right) is 16x16 and still available at Castle Gallery!
Remember, if you saw a painting you loved and missed out on, or need a different size, I can always paint something similar, or even create a one-off giclee print in some cases.
This Saturday - November 3 - I am going to open my home studio to local visitors. Stop by and preview my newest works in my city and chef series before I send them off to my galleries across the country.
* See works in progress and learn more about how I work
* Sign up for classes
* Shop sketches, monotype prints, small gems, and studies for larger works to help me clear the clutter for new work and....
* Have a glass of wine and nosh! :-)
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I got to revisit this painting this summer. I wanted to keep the original version so offered to repaint it for an interested buyer. This new version was equally special to me, so I gave the collector a choice between the two and she liked the original. It was a little more dynamic in the angle of the figure and had fewer facial features. This one turned out to be more of a portrait of my daughter at this age. So its a nice one for us to keep. Right now my kiddo is in the stage of life where she doesn't like to see images of herself so I'll save it for her later in life. Scooby thinks its awesome though. Teenagers! ;-)
Doing some searching I've found articles that mostly talk about masters like Monet and Degas and their well-documented vision problems. Some more scientific articles mention yellowing of the lens but that doesn't seem to affect color judgement except in lower light conditions. Another was just an interesting study on how or why artists see things differently.
To help with the closeup vision, I recently got a larger monitor and have mounted it to an arm so I can use it to view larger reference material. The monitor is able to rotate too, so vertical images can be viewed full screen.
I've met people who have had surgery to correct their vision and have actually had their eyes corrected to two different focal lengths so they can see near and far. I know the brain adapts, but how are depth perception or the ability to see dimension and form affected? It seems like it could be a difficulty.
Have some of you noticed changes in vision as you age? Do you have any good solutions? I suppose I either need to paint larger, or I will just continue to get more and more impressionistic. ;-)
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