I spent months, on and off, working on Vicky's portrait. I finally delivered it to her about a week ago and she was very pleased. It was challenging to work at this larger scale, but I'm pleased with the end result, too.
I thought it would be a lot of fun to work with a still life composition where the subject was very simple in color and form, and the background was layered with information. Both of these pieces were started with road atlas pages, layered with graphite drawing, paint and drips of Gamsol (I really like that effect). I'm pleased with them, but antsy to get back to working with the figure, which will be next.
New Jersey Apple, mixed media on paper, 14.5" x 10.5"
These two pieces were experiments in mixed media. I'm looking for ways to combine drawing and painting, and to layer texture and pattern. I started with pages pulled from an old road atlas, then pressed fabric into a layer of matte medium to create texture. I drew on top of that with graphite, then added thin layers of oil paint. I'm pleased with these pieces and definitely plan to experiment some more.
This skinny birch panel had been hidden away in a closet for over a year. I'd glued paper to it, begun a painting and promptly lost interest. I really liked the size, though, so I decided to tear off as much of the old painting as I could, and start over. I was also anxious to play around with the contrast between very smooth, realistic skin and a rougher, distressed surface. The result is "Supplicant." From the detail shot you can get a sense of the many layers that have been painted, drawn, sanded, dripped and glazed. I've started another panel in this series, and hope to have it completed and posted in about a week.