Progress in Paradise

It has been awhile since I have posted progress on my painting  And the Old Gods Were Pleased.   Frankly it is difficult for me to expose a painting that is less then complete.  But in the spirit of loosening my chains of restraint, here goes:

IMG_4514Detail   And the Old Gods Were Pleased

(essentially just the naughty bits)

And in the beginning, there was Sepia:


So I’m coming along.

I have two other paintings, about the same size that I am working on simultaneously . They are definitely experimental for me and I haven’t worked the nerve to show them yet.

I’m not at all sure if they are any good or just loopy.

Will have to wait and see I suppose.


Pardon the terrible glare, it is 7 pm here, sun long set and my studio lighting is quite harsh. I need to work on that but  I really haven’t a clue as to what is best.

Suggestions for lighting welcome.

Well  I  must walk the monsters, they have been patient for much of the day; it is a lovely drizzly evening here, quite the treat in LA.

Be well,


Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

4 thoughts on “Progress in Paradise”

  1. Hello Leonard. I’ve left a response at Facebook. (I intended to leave a quick ‘congratulations’ and then return here for a lengthier comment, but I got carried away!

    Well done my friend. Well done.

    Taking photographs of large paintings is always tricky. I think you might consider finding a place in the house, or even outside at certain times of day, where you get a clear, even and indirect natural light, and try taking your images that way. The main thing is that the light on the surface should be indirect and even, or you will get hot-spots and shadows. (Frida’s studio, in the photograph of a few posts back, looked wonderful for both painting and taking photographs.)

  2. i think this one is my favorite of all, i really just love what’s happening in the roots, well the whole tree–that is quite a trick to make it so tree-like and also so woman-like, i have a hard time with trees in paint, probably because i like drawing them in ink so much, and the difference is just too much. i love this painting!!
    as for the lighting, it’s funny how hard it is, we always set it up like clive says, during the day, for photos, but the problem is painting late into the night like i have to because of the silly day job, the glare does not help, but G has been figuring a “side-lighting” set-up like the kindle paper-white has? i think it will be fabulous, if it works out i will send you all the info!

    1. I’m such a dope about lighting, not sure what you mean by “paper-white” but let me see how it progresses. This system does work and I too work in the evening. I prefer to work in the evening but the glare is maddening.

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