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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LONGHORN STUDY Daily Painting #880

LONGHORN STUDY

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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Last night in Wickenburg was cold, it rained most of the night, and the wind rocked ol' Betsy like a cradle. I was up early and off to the parade, where I photographed non stop for about two hours, then to the Seven Bar Cafe, downtown, where I snagged a parking spot, for a lunch of fried chicken and mashed potatoes (an exception, but what the heck, it was cold and I've been behaving for days).

By the time I finished lunch, it was time for the rodeo and another two and a half or three non stop shooting hours. It was so cold, and I'd been standing on uneven ground for so long, that when I turned to leave I could hardly walk, and must have looked like some doddering old man. And I'm not even 72, yet!

I reported right to Betsy and, because there was no time to download any of the day's research, I painted this Longhorn Study that I've been sneaking up on ever since I visited my friend and ace mechanic Austin Stockdale's place on the ranch in Victorville.

Tomorrow is going to be a long day of catching up on image management, probably in the library, if it's open.

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WAITING Daily Painting #856

WAITING

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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A quick, high-key study of a woman waiting in a restaurant. Just the sort of thing you might make brief notice of while waiting, yourself; people watching, your mind on other things.

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PALMS III STORM ROLLING IN OVER SAN JACINTO Daily Painting #825


SPALMS III STORM ROLLING IN OVER SAN JACINTO

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

Today started off clear and sunny. It seemed it would be that way forever, in spite of the fact that the first thing I saw when I woke up was snow on top of San Jacinto, that mountain that has long been a favorite of mine. Around noon, dark clouds started rolling over the mountain.

My friend, Jay Olson, came out from LA around 1:30, and we met in the parking lot of the Palm Springs Art Museum and walked over to Palm Desert Drive for a Mexican lunch. Later, we returned to the museum for an exciting show of Navajo Textiles. As we exited the museum, the sun had just set, there were small patches of pale blue sky showing through the still rolling clouds, and there were palm trees silhouetted all around us. Set against the sky and with their trunks illuminated by the lights of the city, they were just more than I could resist. I decided to roll the dice and see if Betsy's battery could handle my Ott light. It did, and I painted today's painting right there in the museum parking lot.

This thing with the palm trees is fast becoming a new little series. One of these days I'll have to stop and count all the series I have going.

Last night, after the film, I finally said goodbye to Riverside and the Mission Inn. I set my Motion X Drive GPS to avoid freeways, and it led me through San Timoteo Canyon on a lovely, winding two lane road lined with ranches and horse properties. I hope to some day go through there in daylight. About half way through the canyon, I encountered a herd of eight to twelve burros on the road.

I stopped in Banning to write my blogs, then drove on in to Palm Springs, where I posted them.

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