Archive for June, 2007

Still Life: Brockton Point Color

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Still Life: Brockton Point Color

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

A still life i arranged, enjoying the saturated colors of the wet shells and seaweed under the grey morning sky. For scale, the broken bit of purple clam shell is half an inch wide on the edge parallel with the crab claw.

Wooden waves

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Wooden waves

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

I took many photos yesterday as i wandered Stanley Park. This image in full size is a little less sharp than i’d like, but the image stabilization feature on the new camera did an amazing job of allowing the image to be taken in the woods on a grey morning. I’ve another with a flash and i may see if i was consistent enough in my crouched shooting pose to merge the flash and natural light images. Someday. When there’s time….

Happy with Aerial Photos, for once

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Probably Birch Bay

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

The shots of the Cascade range peaks i took from the plane please me for once. This isn’t a peak, though, but probably Birch Bay, south of Vancouver. I loved looking at the patterns of the mud flats as we came in for a landing.

In Progress, as well

Monday, June 4th, 2007

In Progress

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

I also did these tonal works a week or so ago. I think the paper i used was sold as palette paper, which i must have purchased before the birthday when Christine gave me the glass palette. Stretching the paper with masking tape at the corners helped keep the warping down and the dry pieces are satisfactory, especially as studies.

I want to keep layering color, but Christine became quite fond of the green piece as it is. I do like the tree, which has an underpainting of Golden’s light modeling paste, giving the bark texture a very tactile presence.

I really do love painting *textures* as much as saturated colors. The red has high gloss + tar gels that are slick, contrasting with the stained gesso.

Update from July 2005

Monday, June 4th, 2007

In Progress

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

In late July 2005, I painted the grisaille under painting for this work. I froze up though, knowing that i don’t have the skills to bring my vision to the canvas. A couple weeks ago I added some color, finally. I think i’ve overworked the stormy sky and the water — which is much more translucent in person — is too dark. I’ve a white pigment that is supposed to be more translucent (titanium is more translucent than zinc), but it’s still more opaque. Ah well.

The first coatings of hansa yellow made the torso look jaundiced; i warmed it up with a red, and probably wiped off more than i applied — but it works.

I really don’t know what to do with the flying buttresses and how to imply more clearly that they are part of the being with the torso. I suppose having the window go “behind” her hip doesn’t support that idea, does it.

Oh well, in another couple of years….

[And then there's the whole sad state of the dead photo album links and the sad state of some of the imported MovableType entries.]