Trepidation and Joy

Here’s a sight to simultaneously inspire trepidation and joy in the heart of any artist. A freshly swept and mopped studio with four eight feet by eight feet panels laid out along the wall waiting to have canvas stretched on them. I’ll come up with the fabric in the next few days, stretch them, gesso…

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Face and Hand

I worked on defining the features of the face first, using the Prussian blue to draw edges and shadows around the eyes, nose and mouth. Having defined the features I added some pinks and reds around the mouth in particular, but also a few touches around the nostrils and the corners of the eyes, to…

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Rock salt

I added a layer of zinc white to the rocks. Zinc is a very transparent white, so it’s great for jobs like this, where I want to keep the colour and texture beneath it coming through. With the remaining paint I added a knifed layer to the Justice painting, which is now nicely textured. The…

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Amelia’s sky, sailing

I painted a glaze of Prussian Blue over the sky, taking it to a nice rich dark blue that I’m enjoying so much that the Prussian might supplant the Ultramarine blue in my choice of favorite blues. I love that darkness, fading out to a deep but transparent glaze. Peachy! I also re-introduced a glaze…

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Virtues

I sealed the two canvases with some burnt sienna and medium over the drawings, wiping much of the paint of with a rag. The drawings drop back into the rich oxide and become harder to see, but the marks are clear enough for painting the next layer, the en grisaille, which will be the foundation…

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Back in the studio

We had a bit of a dramatic class this afternoon, when one of my students literally passed out in my arms. I think she stopped breathing for a few seconds but while trying to revive her and listen for her breath and simultaneously thanking God that I learned CPR when Ethan and I went to camp, she…

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Justice, Temperance, teaching, ENVY and other news

I worked on a drawing for Justice today, producing a pretty decent rendering of a blindfolded woman, standing within a circle with a dress that doubles as a blade. The circle discretely becomes a yin yang symbol and includes the balance in the centre of each half of the duality. I’ll have to post the drawing…

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Temperance vi

I’ve been thinking about how to express the deadly sins in these paintings so that there’s a counterpoint to the virtues, because as always I’m interested in the duality of good and evil. The opposite of temperance is gluttony. I’n not sure that expressing gluttony by painting a lot of obese people is really what…

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