Hand to Vine

The vines wrapping around the Emperor’s legs have become much more substantial, reaching all the way up to his knees and down to the a point just above the horizon. I started working on the leaves that are emerging from the shaman’s mouth, but realized that I really need to get the background and the rest of her…

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Green Woman Vines

After a week of scattered attention in the studio it was really great to have a full day of time to dedicate to painting. The foundation layer of the vines has progressed much further, including an exciting passage of work on the flow of the vines emerging from the Green Woman’s mouth that pulls focus…

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Glory

The morning glory has spread to cover much of the calf of the Emperor’s right leg, but I want to show more of it reaching up to pass his left foot, perhaps even stretching out tendrils toward his abdomen and increasing the feeling that he is being overwhelmed by the creeping vines. Working on the…

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Vines Wrap Leg

I’m thoroughly enjoying painting these vines, which are more realistic than my earlier more decorative flowers in the Empress painting. I’ve used my reference pictures from the back garden a little, but I’m getting great pleasure out of inventing passages of the vines, leaves and flowers, especially the wiggly bits where the vines twist on…

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Wrapped in Morning Glory

Because I wanted to figure out how much work was necessary to complete the Emperor’s legs I decided to start painting the morning glory vines as they wrap up the legs of the chair and around his feet. I took several photos of the vines we grew from seed in the back garden this year.…

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Green Woman

The Emperor is completely painted in Raw Umber, but I’m not entirely satisfied with his feet, which are not as dynamic as I’d like. However, I expect vines to wrap around them, so it may not be necessary to get too detailed. I’ll leave them for now until the demands of the composition become more…

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Shorts

  The Emperor is beginning to get increasingly convincing now that his shorts are becoming more substantial, although I’d like to add a second working of the Raw Umber to the painting I did today to make the value more appropriate for the next layer, which will introduce colour to the canvas. Meanwhile there’s a…

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Handling the Globus Cruciger

                      I’ve continued working with the Raw Umber to re-render the right arm holding the spherical globus cruciger, his torso and the left arm holding the scepter. Working on the hands was enjoyable – I like getting the varied planes of the shadows right so…

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A Head and Shoulders Above

After creating a decent layer of grey passages from mixed and blended Raw Umber and White I like to rework the painting, finding the deep darks with Raw Umber and using my fingers to smooth areas of value over the greys. This gives a warmth to the grisaille that I like very much. I’ll also use white…

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Artists’ Reception for New Romantic Figure

The New Romantic Figure Here’s your last chance to meet the artists and talk with them about their work. I hope you’ll join us at the Kwan Fong Gallery at CLU for a reception this Saturday evening (10th September) at 7pm. We’ll be enjoying good company, some discussion of the paintings, and light refreshments. The…

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