Archive for July, 2012
One of my favorite subjects is the Urban Lanscape. I am fascinated with the ever-changing dynamics of a city in transition. I gather inspiration from historic buildings, urban decay, gardens and the layers of texture a city provides. I often go on a bike ride with a camera in hand and explore the area I live.
Here are some samples of works in progress.
“Urban Landscape: Moses on Buffalo Bayou” oil on maple panel. Painting is completed waiting to be varnished.
“Urban Landscape: Moses on Buffalo Bayou” closeup
“Urban Landscape: Discussion” oil on maple panel.
Near Completion. The sky was repainted due to a scratch. The trees and electric poles need to be added.
“The God’s are Angry” watercolor on Crescent archival watercolor board
This painting was inspired my trip to New York in October with an artist friend seeking gallery representation. The God Heads were seperated guarding the right and the left of an entrance door in the Chelsea District of New York City.
I love to paint in both watercolor and oil. In my style of painting (realism), each medium requires a drawing or a study before I transfer it to canvas or watercolor paper. The difference is watercolor is not as forgiving when a mistake is made. Once the color or stroke goes on, it is hard to hide.
Here is a sample of some of the new works in watercolor for 2012.
“Vertical Pears” watercolor on Crescent archival watercolor board
“Saving Grace” watercolor on Crescent archival watercolor board
This wonderful still life set up is an oil lamp collection saved from my grandmothers garage attic. We were helping my grandmother transition from her house several years ago to my mother’s house. As boxes and old items were being thrown down from the attic by some helpers, one box survived with treasures inside. I new I wanted to use some of the treasures in a still painting honoring my grandmother who will be 93 this year.
Since my studio is in my house, I paint in a small room with the best natural light. When I placed the painting behind the set up so I could clean up the area, I was amazed at the double vision of the still life.
Here the painting is almost complete. I still need to resolve the right side of the painting where you can view part of my window with the Canna peaking through. These Cannas came from a muched loved previous house. When we moved last year, I took some of the bulbs and planted these tower 6ft plus Cannas. I view them almost everyday thanks to our Houston climate. When the wind blows, the Cannas lightly tap on the glass window.
I am almost finished with the painting of wooden spools. Yesterday, I changed the drab background with a more sensuous color of Turquoise, my personal power color. The series of photos will follow my progress on the painting from beginning to end. Most of my still lifes are my personal collection of objects given to me by my great-grandmother and grandmother. In this still life, my mother gave me some of the spools and I added to the arrangement with my collection. The white wood background is an old telephone niche used in many old houses during the early 1920s.
This is the detailed drawing on drawing paper with graphite pencil. My still life set ups challenge to draw from sight. I usually draw the same dimensions as the set up. If the object is 20″ high, I will draw it 20″ high. I have cherished drafting tools I use to aid me with my drawings. I am very dilligent about making all the lines, circles and ellipses accurate. Some of my drawings are more detailed than this drawing, but I have all the basic information I need.
Now the drawing is transferred to the linen canvas. I transfer the drawing with an earthtoned watercolor pencil on the canvas. The pencil will blend in with the paint.
The drawing is now on the linen canvas and I will recheck all my lines and alter any of the drawing.
This is the underpainting before I add all the details. Notice the still life set up in the background.
Here is the finished painting. It will need to dry before the varnish layer is added. The varnish will bring out all the subtle earth colors and also protect the painting.
Today I have been thinking about what inspires me in my artwork. I have many sources for inspiration and many are near and close to me in my heart and my location.
I live in the Houston Heights Historic District. I walk almost everyday through my neighborhood. I am blessed to experience the variety of historic architecture and ever changing gardens. My three faithful studio companions.