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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Green Apple & Red Napkin: Small square daily oil painting of fruit, green and red

Green Apple & Red Napkin: Small square daily oil painting of fruit, green and red
Oil on Canvas, 8" x 8"
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I loved trying to capture the sense of the apple within the folds of the red napkin. I'm happy with the composition and colors here. The actual painted colors seem brighter than my photo. With all the differences between monitors and computers, it's difficult to get colors just right in a photo.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tube of Orange Oil Paint

Oil on Canvas, 6" x 6"
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Often I rush into a painting just to see something on the canvas. Naturally, I'm not often pleased with the results. This time I decided to draw the subject first on the canvas. I love drawing and it helps me with seeing the bones of the subject - in this case, a tube of oil paint. I'm happy with this little painting because although it's very realistic, I spent a lot of time considering the abstract aspects of the still life. And the colors turned out nicely.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Dance Class

Drawing on paper, collage 16" x 20" - SOLD to a collector in Vermont

Dance Class is a drawing-collage I created a few years ago in response to a class assignment requiring multiple figures in a single composition. Since I had no models, I imagined and drew dancers in a mirrored studio. Before starting the drawing, I ripped up newsprint and glued it randomly on Bristol board to create a surface irregularity. I then drew the imagined figures in a box-like space (opened visually by the mirror) using graphite, color pencil and watercolor. My drawing of the dancers was kind of clunky, but I like the texture of this piece, its lack of sharp clarity and its sense of jumbled parts.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dreaming and Drawing

Drawing of Craig Portman on the Strand, Manhattan Beach, pictured twice
Drawing on paper, 16" x 20"

I've been thinking about what it is I feel passionate about that makes me want to paint or draw. In my last post, I mentioned that pears remind me of my interest in human figures. So I thought I'd post this drawing I did several years ago in a class. The assignment was simply "twins". I had no clue how I was going to fulfill the assigned task so I simply started drawing my friend as he himself was drawing. A while later, he lay down on the couch for a nap...and the idea of twins came to me - of consciousness and unconsciousness, the conscious and subconscious, dreaming and waking. What I like best is the link between dreaming and creativity, the incubation of an idea versus its creation or execution. I know I've had some of my best artistic ideas while in that state just before awaking. In the drawing, I emphasized the diagonal line between the sleeping-dreaming head along the arm to the hand that is drawing. I love it when these wonderful juxtapositions happen!

Besides the "twins" content of the drawing, I like the subject of the human form. If only I could find someone to model for me....other than a pear!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lemon In A Blue Envelope

Oil on Canvas, 6" x 6"
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I can't imagine what this lemon was thinking when it tried to hide in this too-small envelope. What appealed to me about these two objects was the smooth, spherical nature of the fruit in contrast to the creased old envelope with its purple stamp. The contrast-pull of the complementary colors of stamp and lemon caught my eye too. There's something about the paper wrapping the fruit that I find oddly appealing. Anyway, I find this still life playful...and it was fun to paint.

Figurative painting, contemporary figure painter, women art, Marie Fox, figuration

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