Monday, April 14, 2014

In the Studio: Art Class April 14, 2014

I have a number of new things in the works this week.

The two square oils center and right are older starts from a couple of years back. The center one is 30 x 30 and on the right, 40 x 40 inches. They have been lurking in a pile of unfinished oils. I could also call this stack a graveyard for bad starts. There is no need to beat myself up, it was the best I could do at the time.

Good starts are very helpful and provide an efficient path to a completed work. On the other hand, part of a great start is to just be mindful of what makes a good painting. Wolf Kahn has a good template: clarity, drama and contrast.

Part of a good start also means taking chances. You may use unusual colors, higher contrast, stronger brushwork, etc. For me, the idea is to thrill myself in large and small ways.

On the left, oils in progress: top 36 x 48 and bottom 30 x 48 inches.

There are a number of challenges in play here... going for the thrill !


  1. Always happy to see your work - also great quotes from WK.

    I liked his 3 studio rules/sayings:

    Follow the brush

    I just work here

    I don't give a s%!t!

    A man of good humor, I understand.

    You're going to knock these out of the park - I can tell it.

  2. Thanks for the good words Casey... I like the additional quote from Wolf too.

  3. Really like the simplicity in the framing choice for your work. Completes without overwhelming.

    Looks like you're "following the brush" with no reserve!

  4. Sometimes I think I'm running after the brush! Thank you Carly.