Category: Study

YA GOTTA BREAK SOME EGGS… / Daily Painting #943

Oil on Paper Mounted on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Well, I never said I was going to relinquish my old ways altogether. As much fun as I've been having with the more painterly approach, there will always be subjects demanding a more controlled approach.

Galleries and markets tend to insist on keeping an artist confined to a single style, a limited choice of subjects. That's understandable. It makes things easier. For them. For some artists, too, I suppose; but how boring to just do the same thing the same way all the time.

There are too many subjects and too many ways of approaching them for me to ever fit comfortably in such a strait jacket. I admit, my aversion to limits has not always been the best thing for my career, but I do feel it has been the best thing for my work. Besides, my way is a lot more fun.

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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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WE SHOULD HAVE PASSED THE TIME PLEASANTLY Daily Painting #925

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I can't believe how much I look forward to doing these abstractions. I don't yet understand why, but they really excite me and are very satisfying in their completeness.

If you haven't already, I hope you'll have a look at the daily photos on my newly reworked blog When a Painter Snaps…

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THE SCOUT Daily Painting #920

THE SCOUT

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I have to tell you, I don't know where these semi abstract rider paintings are taking me. Into some as yet uncharted territory, for sure. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see. Meanwhile…

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NOTE:

I spent quite a bit of time recently, responding to comments on previous posts. For some unknown reason, most of them never showed up on the blog. I'm working on a solution. In the meantime, I hope all of you who have left comments here and on whenapaintersnaps know how very much your comments are appreciated and how important they are to me, especially when I'm tempted to falter.

It can be especially difficult to keep both blogs going on a daily basis while traveling. I can't always respond, but I always read and appreciate them.

I would love to see more dialog forming between those who follow my blogs and comment on them. Hint, hint.

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SADDLEBRONC STUDY Daily Painting #908

SADDLEBRONC STUDY

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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A quick study today for a composition I'm thinking of for this summer, based on some of the stock from the rodeos in Lake Havasu City and Wickenburg.

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PEAR PAIR Daily Painting #893

PEAR PAIR

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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It's easy to paint a pear.

It's not so easy to paint the “pearness” of a pear.

Probably that's why so many of us try so often. One reason, at least.

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PLEASE BELIEVE ME Daily Painting #891

PLEASE BELIEVE ME

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Please believe me” was one of the meanings attributed to pink roses during the Eighteenth Century in England, and I thought it would make a nice sounding title for a painting.

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