Thursday, December 27, 2012

We Three Kings

Painting the same thing again and again but never the same painting. 


 Subway Card Chrysler Building No. 12
2" x 3.25" oil on metro card

2" x 3.25" oil on metro card

Subway Card Chrysler Building No. 14

2" x 3.25" oil on metro card

Triple play............

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hiding in Plain Sight

 A bulky hoodie is a must for traveling incognito. Or just keeping warm......

 NYC Subway No. 10
4" x 4" x 1.5" oil on cedar wood block

Ready to hang:

Thursday, December 06, 2012

My Way

 A new take on the Empire State Building -- I did it my way:

Subway Card Empire State Building No. 11
2" x 3.25" oil on Metro card

Framed and ready to hang -- 

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Off Duty ?

Need a lift?

Rolling out several new taxi paintings --

2" x 3.25" oil on Metro Card

Subway Card Taxi No. 14
2" x 3.25" oil on Metro Card

2" x 3.25" oil on Metro Card

Subway Card Taxi No. 16
2" x 3.25" oil on Metro Card

All sold framed, ready to hang:

Monday, December 03, 2012

Bird Flew - Part One

 John Chewitt in progress

 One might think, with all of my New York City-centric subject matter of late, that my bird paintings have flown the coop. In a sense they did - at least temporarily.  Since returning from Jamaica this summer, I invested much of my time coming up with new Metro Card paintings  and also beginning a new series of paintings of subway riders on wood blocks.

Now that I've made great progress in both of those series, and with sketches and plans in place for more, I've turned back to the tropical aviary and my bird project commission.

Next up -- John Chewitt. Yes, that's a bird. Something that took me a long time to figure out.

I'm afraid the John Chewitt, also know as the black-whiskered vireo, is not a particularly flamboyant bird. No flashy splashes of color like the Parrot, no sinewy silhouette like the Doctor Bird. Not particularly inspiring to a painter.

I don't want to offend any birders out there so I won't go so far as to say the John Chewitt is a boring-looking bird but, well, it will be a challenge. So let's get started:

charcoal sketch on canvas -- 24" x 36"

I think I made this sketch before I left for Jamaica or may have made it while on the rock. I just can't recall. Either way, the canvas had been removed from the stretcher in order to transport it to and from Jamaica so I had to re-attach it to begin painting. It was a bit buckled here and there, not fitting exactly as it had originally done. It appeared to have have shrunk slightly, particularly on the vertical and I just couldn't get it to smoothly stretch across the frame. So,  after I staple-gunned it to the stretcher, I used a spray bottle to mist water across the back of the canvas -- this would help it shrink up tightly again to the frame.

Ok, first steps -- the usual hot mess stage:

Ugh. That's always the stage that gets me slightly concerned that I'll never turn this mix up of pigment into anything resembling a bird. 

But I soldiered on.

Ok, so far so good. Things are starting to take shape.

But the neck is looking a little lumpy/jowly  to me:

So I worked on the head and neck a little more as well as spending more time with the foliage in the background. The intense blues along the bird's belly and branch don't appear quite so saturated as they do in this photo, but I guess I'd better tone them down a bit:

Which brings us back to the first image in this post:

Sweet bird, eh?

Ok, going to let this dry for a while, and then I'll return to it. Still have a long way to go.............

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Deep Thought or Deep Sleep?

 NYC Subway No. 8
4" x 4" x 1.5" oil on cedar wood block  

And hang it up ---