THE FACE OF A SAINT / Daily Painting #1358

The Face of s Saint / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 inches

Hmmm, this painting is based, loosely, on the face of a carved, polychromed antique Santo. But I can hardly resist thinking of it as a portrait of a young Oscar Wilde. Not exactly a Saint. What, or whom, do you see? At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed pushing the paint around. If you know my work, you know I've spent most of my career covering my tracks, hiding and sublimating my brush strokes. I'm starting to feel like a painter!

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MORNING SUN AND SHADE / Daily Painting #1128

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

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OLD BISON BULL / Daily Painting #1090

Pen and Ink / Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches

Here's another in the popular new series, Confections. ( Well, not exactly. I decided to forego the pen and ink line in favor drawing directly the brush.) I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you.

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INTERROGATING THE UNIVERSE WITH SCISSORS / Daily Painting #945

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

These abstracts are so much fun! I just love doing them! It is that simple. I’ve taken painting so seriously for so long that getting down and playing in the paint is exhilerating. I’ll leave it to someone else to come up with deep meanings and art palaver. For me, it’s simply as close as I’m likely ever to get to making music.

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WARBONNET / Daily Painting #939

 

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Case in point. Two cases, really. Gumballs! from a couple of days ago, and today's Warbonnet.

The first is all about the subject, the realistic representation. Light, shade, colors all faithfully rendered.

The second translated, rendered, realistically, yet not “photographically”.

Someone once said: To translate a book, read it. Then read it again. And again. Then write it. In other words, not a literal, word for word, translation. That's what a computer can do, often with comic or even tragic results.

There is definitely an amount of skill needed to render a super realistic depiction of an object or objects, and I love doing it. I hope I manage to bring a little of myself to the piece, though. I certainly try.

But what of the second example. There's no mistaking what it represents. Most of its component parts are recognizable. But it's slightly more expressionistic, the language of the paint different, more important.

Or maybe I could put it this way: One is like words carefully printed, the other, words done in calligraphy. Both valid. Both justifiable. So what's the big deal? I've done both styles in the past, as well as variations of both.

For me, it's a big deal because through the recent series of abstractions I'm learning to exercise this handwriting deliberately, comfortably and with an authority that I have not previously had in oils.

I find the Gumballs! exciting the way they are painted. But I had avoided painting the Warbonnet ever since I photographed it at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, because I felt it would be boring if rendered in that way. When I came across it again, but with the abstracts fresh in my mind, I couldn't wait to paint it in this language that I'm finally getting comfortable with.

OK, maybe it's not such a big deal, but it is a step in the right direction!

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