Monday, January 5, 2009

Archives part 2

This is 14 x 18.

A larger 18x24 size painting finished in 1974.

This is a small 6 x 8 painting. Probably the result of having some excess paint on the palette that "needed to be used up."

The tennis shoes were the result of a minimalist palette approach using primarily black, yellow, and white. The next painting in the shoe series had my husband's, our daughter's, and my sandals. When our second child was born, there was no time to paint anything, so the "series" remains incomplete. This one is 16 x 20 inches.

I believe at the time this one was painted, Richard Diebenkorn was a favorite painter. I still like the way he lays out his subject matter --- in an abstract, geometric kind of way. This is 16 x 20 inches.

Archives --- really old paintings...

This is one of the few portraits I did about 20 years ago. She looks pretty harsh. I think I would paint her with a little more softness now.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

First Impressions

This one is a view from behind the Linden RR museum. This is a small study 7 x 9 inches. Probably needs more definition in terms of compositional values -- i.e. more interesting clumping of lights and darks. It is going to be 12 x 12 in the end, so the overall shapes may change somewhat.

A farm scene near Lafayette, IN . It is interesting to see one's art in this format. It really makes you better able to figure out what changes to make. For instance, that cloud in the upper right would come forward and "hang" over the foreground if it had a flatter, darker bottom. That is the change I will make next. This is 14 x 18. It was a remarkably sunny day, and the clouds were changing quickly.