Saturday, May 30, 2009

"After Rembrandt 1"

"After Rembrandt 1 or The Strawberry"
Pastel on Charcoal Paper.
(Most of my work is for sale, But, this one is not available.)

The Hurdy Gurdy

Pastel overAcrylic w/grounds

Paintings "After Caravaggio 1"

Well, seeing this is a painting blog, I am finally going to post some paintings. These are work, studies, practice, a assortment of things. These are my "daily paintings", just not so daily!This first one is "After Caravaggio 1" in pastel.

Friday, May 29, 2009

You paint with pastel, but colored pencil?

I have long since answered the question "Do you paint with pastel?" in the affirmative for myself. You choose and blend color on and off the support, you compose, you under paint, all the features of oil or acrylic painting with pastel. My mine was made up, as a pastelist, I am a painter. However, the final argument for me was experiencing Degas pastels in person at in New York, at the MET - Having seen these works in prints and on the internet, it was explosive to see the use of color in these works.

Now I struggle with the medium of color pencil, can you paint with it? I am leaning toward yes.

(Seeing you are just getting to know me, I should clarify. I also paint in Acrylic and use watercolour for studies.)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why The Itinerant Painter

Daily painting seems like such a great idea. However, the ability to complete a painting everyday is a little to much for a working class guy. I thought of the 19th century American Itinerant Painters who did what then had to do. Someday struggling to finish a series of portraits, others turning to odd jobs and sign painting to eat. These men were practical, but they were artist. Working class artist. This blog is for my art. More practical than a daily painting blog, but it is my art.