Architecture for the Priestess

I’m thoroughly enjoying myself in the studio working out the architecture of the new painting, making shapes for a courtyard beside the ocean somewhere on the coast of California. I want to create a setting for two girls to look at a big old book, under warm sunlight and shady leaves, in the golden sunshine…

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Purple, orange and green

If you had asked me ten years ago what colours I would use most in 2012 there is no way I would have predicted that Cadmium Orange, Viridian, Lead White, Carbazole Violet and Raw Umber would have begun to make regular appearances on my cart. I used to use an almost entirely earth tone driven…

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Bouguereau

Monday I had a unique opportunity to spend a couple of very pleasant hours up close to the Bouguereau at the Weisman gallery in Malibu, thanks to Michael Zakian, the curator and art historian at Pepperdine University. Alexey Steele, Tony Pro, Jeremy Lipking, Mike Adams and I had a wonderful time getting close to the…

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Grassy landscape growing

I’ve continued build up the shapes of the deeper layers of the grass using dark greens and browns, mostly in the same colours that I needed for the moss. It’s all quite general, making loose gestures toward the direction and shape of the grassy leaves and stems, but not overly concerned with detail. Next I…

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Stone not Rolling

Now the textured surface has been completed with a glaze coat of white over the top of all the greys, blues and greens. Moss has started growing on the slab of stone in the darkened carved shapes and in the crack running across the surface, while close to the grass I’ve added a bit more mass of…

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Watching the Grass Grow

In the studio I’m working on building layers and layers of paint to make the flat slab of weathered granite in the foreground appear real. I put down a dark blue-grey, then used a sea sponge to create the particles that emerge in granite, softening  the grain of the stone with a rag. Next I…

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The Representational Art Conference

Now I can reveal the big project that Mike Adams and I have been spending every available minute on this past couple of weeks. A few months ago I began talking to friends like Alexey Steele, Mike Adams, Tony Pro and Peter Adams about the need for an academic and philosophical foundation for the revival…

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Eagle Tattoo

Once again I’ve been very busy working on the October project, figuring out administrative stuff. It’s going to be worth it when it’s all ready to go though. In the studio I’ve been busy with Prussian Blue, which is great for creating that faded blue colour of old tattoos. The Emperor has new ink –…

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