So after much studio time (on and off, over a year) I am at last, pretty close, almost positive, for the moment, finished with my latest paintings. And although I have heard younger artists, seemingly without any pause (or apparent modesty) call their work “masterpieces” , I am in no way inclined to make the same claim; but I am pleased (for now).
56 by 40″
oil on canvas
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I have been eager to get the painting into a presentable stage as Sunday is my turn for the critique group I have recently joined. As some of you might remember this is a bit anxiety producing. My paintings are very far from random and imbued (crammed)with meaning : personal, mythological, literary etc. All not terribly obvious from first encounter. I fear it might not be well received or understood, but that is something I cannot control. One of the problems I anticipate is that the one being critiqued is not to respond while criticism is being made. I might have bitten off my tongue by the end of all of this.
So wish me and the painting well.
I will tighten the painting some more next week, details and glazings, saturating shadows and such. Then I will try to explain the painting at some length in the final post. Hopefully with a better image.
Until then , be well.
oil on panel
8 by 10″
I just finished this painting moments ago; it is a companion to a relief print bearing the same name.
Now off to tend to the beasties.
Post Script: kind words concerning this painting my my new favorite podcasts Pleasure Town.
As I run proofs of a new plate I have just finished cutting, I am reminded of the man who taught me all I know ( or remember) about printmaking, Jim Machacek, who recently retired from teaching printmaking at San Diego community colleges for thirty years. I find myself fastidiously looking for errant marks, unnecessary details and the quality of the inking. I can hear him griping out loud to the class “TOO much ink!”- too much ink makes a muddy print and was the bane of his teaching career apparently. But as I run my fifth proof, nearing the end of the editing (I think), I’m deeply grateful for the rigor Jim instilled in me.
This proof, for a new print The Proposition is for Jim’s approval.
relief print on paper
10 by 14 inhes
This has been a tricky composition for me, layering the figures, adding shadows in two colors but I am going in the direction I had hoped for. I initially thought of employing a separate plate for the shadows but after looking at German Expressionist prints I was inspired to more fully utilize the drama of black and white. I may still make separate color plates for contrast color but I’m pleased with this print. I’m glad I have Jim in the back of my mind guiding my cuts.
My teacher and friend Jim Machacek taken at LACMA this week, in front of Noah Purifoy’s The Spaceman. I’m happy Jim drove up from San Diego, battling insufferable traffic, to visit me; I’m hoping to see him soon once again on his turf.