Thursday, February 23, 2012

Model class continued

Nude #2, acrylic, pencil on gessoboard, 5" x 7", 2012
Love this painting. Must do more.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Painting class # 4

Girl in motion, 11" x 14", acrylic on gessoboard, 2012

Annie, 8" x 10", acrylic on gessoboard, 2012
These are 2 works that I did in class a couple of weeks ago. We had to spy on each other and paint someone while they were working. I quite enjoyed it and it helped me to release some of my tightness in my work. Feels like the old days when I used to work fervently on huge 6 feet tall canvases until the late hours of the night. These are quite small in comparison, but only because I really don't have the set up at home just yet.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pool Series, part II

Pool Series, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", 2009
This is another painting that is part of the Pool Series. This one is of Lorenzo in the pool. Looking at it today, I wonder how different it would have been if it had been done in oil paints. I do like this series quite a bit only because the kids and I spent so much time in the pool when they were younger. Myself, I was an avid swimmer and spent many hours doing endless laps during the time that I was completing this series.  I still have other images that I meant to complete, but never got around to doing.
Swimming has a whole other feeling to it compared to other sports.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Pool

Pool series-Greta, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", 2009
I've been thinking a lot about swimming lately. Especially since it's been a while since I've hit the pool. That's the funny thing about this sport. It goes in waves, just like the ocean. There always come a time when I become fully committed to the pool and do laps an hour at a time and as gradually as I've built up my endurance, it slowly declines and disappears from my life for another swim-less period.
The above painting is part of a series that I did about the pool. I love the tiles at the bottom of the painting.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Still life class 101

It's already been three weeks since I started my art class. We did a study of a still life. It being my first class in a very long time, I wasn't sure what materials to bring. So, I figured that I would recycle some small canvases that have been sitting around the house. I always feel a little bad when I gesso over old paintings, but sometimes it's better to do that than keep looking at the same old paintings that don't really work anymore.
So here's the first series that I completed.
Still life # 1, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8", 2012

Still life # 2, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 3, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 4, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 5, oil on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 6, oil on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 7, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012

Still life # 8, acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6", 2012
I still have a couple of more ideas that I would like to execute for this series, but I've got to get more materials before I can complete the last painting. It involves some collage and I'm still figuring out the layout.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Oil painting is a good thing

Untitled, oil on canvas board, 4" x 6" , 2012
I've got a new series in my head and I just need to find the right size canvas to execute it. Montreal is a hard city to find specialty art supplies. Selection in the city is limited compared to what's out there in the rest of the world. Artists of Montreal should unite and start a co-op store and bring in art supplies that aren't catered to the hobbyist. I apologize for sounding like an art snob, but when you need a particular type of canvas or paint, the house-brand on sale just doesn't cut it.