Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Long time no...


Well not absolutely nothing, but been kind of busy out of the studio: new job, new position at new job... stuff... and after a day looking at the computer screen where do you think is not the first place I want to station myself for updating my blog, checking out facebook, corresponding?

Anyway, I had a few commissions this past fall and winter:

Lady 18x24 acrylic on canvas

Junior and Mary 24 x 30 acrylic on canvas

residence 8 x 10 inches pencil on paper

It isn't green, really, but grey on white: couldn't get a satisfactory edit from the photos I took which were themselves not nearly to my satisfaction. I like the greenish look, though.

In the not commissioned area, you might recall from an August entry that I started recomposing some older canvases. One that had some toile figures on a flower background - one of my pictures that did look too much like wallpaper for even my comfort - I cut into several pieces for some new paintings.

Okay 9 x 20 inches acrylic on canvas

To this one I added table, vase, gin, picture, and pigeon; the flowers in the back and branch were there. The picture is a painting by Deth P. Sun, an Oakland artist whose work I've enjoyed for some time now. I have a couple of his paintings. Check him out.

Still Life with Some of Hokusai's Things and Venus 21 x 30 inches acrylic on canvas

Blueberry Empanada 18 x 24 inches acrylic on canvas

It was inspired by a painting by Manet in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Caravaggio Still Life 9 x 12 inches acrylic on canvas

A still life composed of a torso from sculptural ceramics at St. Edward's, a postcard of a work by Uemura Shoen and one of George Stubb's, "Whistlejacket," the catalog from a show of early Baroque work in Rome, "The Genius of Rome," and some other elements.

Two more recompositions:

Still Life with Ceramic Birds 18 x 24 inches acrylic on canvas

Absent the Anecdote 16 x 20 inches acrylic on canvas

I though the pigeon might be looking at a magazine or the Chronicle or something, but decided, as it were, to absent the anecdote...