Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Fellow Rochester artist, Nick Redanty, sat for me for my fifth life painting that will be shown at Lovin' Cup in December. Because Nick is also an artist, he was conscious to keep a consistent pose for me. Sitting behind my easel, he was able to follow the area I was working on by observing the reverse side of the canvas and keep that area still. Painting fellow artists is enjoyable because we can discuss our processes as I paint. Nick came up with the great idea to put his hood over his head which added dramatic shadows across his face. A world class mustache didn't hurt either. Adding props that describe the person is something I will continue to incorporate into this series. Nick uses a respirator for his graffiti art and told me thought about bringing it. Having it hang around his neck, or even wearing it, would have added intrigue, but I'm very happy with the results. Thanks Nick!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
A life painting of the beautiful Christine Renee Carder. Christine was very patient as we tried a few different poses before settling on this profile. Christine has very striking features and a delicate long neck, one of my favorite features to paint with women, inspired by Modigliani. Christine also has a deep and passionate view of life and I highly enjoyed our conversation while painting. She is also a very gifted photographer, capturing the beauty of nature that is hopefully shown in this portrait of a natural beauty.
A life painting of local Rochester artist, Tom Fox. This is the third life painting in my new series. Like the others it took about four hours in one painting session. I added a black background this time to reflect the darker backgrounds Tom uses in his paintings. I think the likeness is there but the colors are somewhat washed out against the strong black and too "rainbowy" overall. Will have to continue working on using more muted tones in areas of less emphasis.