Random Musing No. 1

August 4, 2018

The human eye has a range of 120°, mostly peripheral vision, compared to the camera’s typical 200° or more. That is why the figures sometimes seem distorted at the edges of a photograph. We make up for this seeming deficit by moving our focus (in movements called “saccades”) around a scene to build up a gestalt awareness of its appearance.
A painting, curated by human intelligence, is superior in every respect to a photograph, except for how long it takes to make it. If cameras took three hours to create the exact same image as they do now in a split second, there would be no question as to which medium people would choose when they needed an image recorded.
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September – Part 2

October 2, 2017

Some more paintings from the past few weeks. FYI, I now limit myself to one self portrait per yer.

Norton

Rumford River, Norton

Emma's

Emma’s

Self Portrait 2017

2017 Self Portrait

More Art

February 14, 2016

Here’s a pile of recent stuff, including another skull watercolor, my annual self-portrait, and a big honkin’ pile of nudes.

MinkNude01Nude02Nude03Nude04Nude05Nude06Nude07Nude08Nude09Nude10Nude11Nude12Nude13Nude14Nude15Nude16Nude17Nude18Nude19Nude20Nude21Nude22Self Portrait 2016

Both the oil paintings — the self portrait and the nude — are painted on toned canvas, what is technically known as an imprimatura. I’ve generally avoided this approach for the past umpteen years, for the same reason I’ve stayed away from watercolor—it’s too easy. When you paint on an imprimatura, you’re basically conceding the painting is about light, not color.  The imprimatura is a hallmark of academic painting, what 20th century critics rightly disparaged as “brown gravy.” However, I decided to give it a go because I wanted to get in some quick oil sketches at my figure drawing session. The last pose is forty minutes and although I’m fast, I’m not that fast (see my December 15, 2015 post for examples of quick oil paintings of nudes on a white ground).

By the way, I love drawing and painting the female nude, I actually prefer it to the male, but this all female regimen is getting a little old. It would be nice to get some male figures studies in, just for old times sake.