Tuesday, September 11, 2007

marina towers done (maybe)

I just finished this one. I mean just minutes ago- which means that I very well might go back into it and pick a bit.

I got away from my munsell studies, and did this with color from my gut. Important, I think- to not get to far away from that.

Is anything as much fun as playing around with paint?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Marina Towers- a WIP

It is a rainy and cool Monday morning. For the first time this year, it does feel like fall is around the corner. It is the kind of day that makes you want to stay in bed and read a book. Or stay home and make cookies. It is the kind of day that makes you want to reach out to your friends. A cold and lonely day. I am knee deep in another in the Chicago series- looking forward to another still life series. Here it is so far (24x24 oil on linen on panel). See you soon. :-)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


I have been told by three who know that bablecolor is the key to unlocking munsell. Not that it is so locked up. It is making a whole lot of sense to me- even without the babelcolor. But the babelcolor combined with the student book and doing the work is where the big "secret" lies. This is not just your momma's munsell- but a whole new way of using color! I will unscramble it, if it is the last thing that I do.

I am reading the text in the student munsell book again looking for clues, painting cubes and spheres and pictures of cubes and spheres. Sometimes just putting the spheres in different light and really looking.

The time spent with both Rob, Graydon and others has taught me, if nothing else, a direction to move. If I never get there- the new understandings that I have already gained are bringing a new life to my work.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

*Labor Day Weekend Saturday Night Greeting*

Happy Saturday night.

I have been painting, I promise- just nothing that I am ready to share yet.

My Munsell studies are going well- today I resolved some of my issues with the "Norma as flamenco dancer" painting. An attempt at low chroma flesh that I am still not quite happy with, but am much happier than I was before today. I will get it.

That is the thing that I really love about being a painter - getting to spend the rest of my life learning how to do it. I can not imagine ever getting to the end of learning. I am sure that even Rembrandt was still learning new things. And there is no way in my mind that Velazquez could have ever said that there was nothing left to discover about paint. When thinking about the avenues for discovery I just get excited. Color alone could fill a lifetime. There is drawing, composition, paint handling, the whole chemistry of the different mediums and what they will do for you, studying the masters.... And not to mention Content.

I hope that I never get to a place where I think that I already know how to paint., Because there is always more to learn, and this learning is the best part of being a painter.

Happy Long weekend!