Untitled, 4’x 4′ oil on canvas
I have briefly been working on this new headpiece… More progress photos to come!
A queue of artistic inspirations, current projects, and sentiments
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.
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.
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…