STAGES | New Headpiece

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Untitled, 4’x 4′ oil on canvas

I have briefly been working on this new headpiece… More progress photos to come!

AT THE MOMENT | Euan Uglow

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20th Century artist Euan Uglow’s figurative paintings contain a quiet certainty. With his use of mathematical planes and structured paint applications, his work is not only seductive to the eye, but possibly, unexampled. Check out more insight to his process here.

 

 

STAGES | Larger Scale

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After watching a video of Alberto Giacometti painting in his studio, I became instantly inspired to start sketching on my new 4’x 4′ canvas. It is refreshing to be more expressive when working on a preliminary drawing, and this larger format is the ideal way to get started. 

STAGES | Sketch

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These are the first two stages of this larger format canvas (approx. 30″x 39″). I typically begin all of my paintings with a vine charcoal sketch, then introduce a dark layer of paint. While I enjoy seeing the drawn lines and oil together, I try not to get attached. Therefore, I smudge the sketch with mineral spirits.

But, because I can’t stand it, I’ll reintroduce drawing when I work on it next. One, to outline where I want to apply more paint, and two, to create variety. Charcoal and paint= hubba hubba.

STAGES |Wine Lips No. IV

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Wine Lips No. IV 20″x 28″

Like most of my portraits, I approached this painting without a subject, and began a sketch only from imaginary terms. This canvas stretched months ago, is just now handling the oil paint well. Before, with only a few layers of gesso, the muslin absorbed all of the paint I slapped on it, creating a dull and flat effect. No base texture is a tragedy for me. So, after globs of gesso later,  at stage 3, I am happy with the fat over lean result. More stages brewing…