almost finished

I’m almost finished with Trying to Contain the Anger but there are a few areas that need refinement.  I am including a closeup of her face. I used some retouch varnish in the dark blue (ultramarine) as it appeared to be sinking. I don’t usually use varnish at all tho some of my earlier paintings do have a thin coat. It depends, mostly, on the thickness of the paint whether I use it or not. The picture seems a little out of focus to me. I think that is because I didn’t use a flash. I want to represent the colors of the painting as “true” as possible. Often, the flash bounces off of the paint and washes areas out. I’m going to let it rest for awhile and focus on Lucifer Rising. 

Right now Lucifer looks too ropey and the brushstrokes are too uniform. I am thinking of adding wings as the angels on the ceiling of St. Mark’s in Venice have 6. I’ll have to see how that shakes out. With the angel, I can be freer with my interpretation and concentrate on the process more so than using a figure. When I was in grad school, the profs told me to lose the figure. I did but then as soon as I got out of school I went back to it.

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Trying to Contain the Anger

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Progress  on Lucifer Rising 3

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Progress #3

Posting another progress on the figure. I adjusted the size of the fist relative to her face but haven’t incorporated the smaller shape into the surrounding area. You can see where I also adjusted the head/hair into a smaller area. I have to blend the background more.

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progress #2

I’ve adjusted the figure to be a bit more central to the picture plane. Still in early stages and I hesitated to even post a picture since it will probably change dramatically with each new layer. I’ve found, tho, that looking at a picture of a painting sometimes helps me see things that I miss with my naked eye. So here it is with a detail of brushwork .

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detail of face and hand

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third layer

The angel painting is pretty much the same as in the previous post. I have a background and a figure and they don’t quite go together yet. The back ground has pale, pastel “morning” colors while the angel has bold, saturated colors and full of expressive brushstrokes.  I have to think less literal about the background. It’s not a sky but  an imaginary place.

I’m having neck and shoulder pain. I think starting painting again in earnest may have contributed to the problem. The weather changes here  haven’t helped either. ( hot, cold, hot, cold!) I am hoping with some P.T. and pain meds I can get myself back in shape.

Digital images taken without flash with a Nikon Coolpix camera. I’d love to get a DSLR but they are still pricey for me.

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progress #1

I’m having to adjust the composition for the figure. She was too high up on the picture plane. I want her face to be more central . So I’ve painted part of her out and will see where that leaves me.

I am also painting an angel and have not posted any pics so here are 2. No surprises here. I’m painting over another painting. Turned the canvas so that its width is 4ft (122cm) and height is 3ft (91 cm) Both images were done without flash. The one on the left is the whole painting, in progress. On the right is a detail of that painting titled  Lucifer Rising 3. Somewhere there are 1 and 2. [see May 8, 2012 entry]

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Finally, Painting again.

https://www.instagram.com/jsch54/ If you go to my instagram account, I have 2 new paintings posted there. I’ve just started them so they will change over time.

I’ve been going thru images and drawings to post here. It amazes me how time flies when working on the computer.

I’m posting here 2 studies for the large painting I’m working on. From left to right : the original charcoal drawing, a study and the final painting which is now lost. Trying to Contain the Anger, early 90’s. There is another version of this that I posted on the instagram account. Will try to post it here later.

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Painting again (I think)

Over the past couple of years I’ve tried painting but it just wasn’t happening. Everything felt forced, stale.  Instead, I would draw and play around with pastels. I’d also do needlework, embroidery mostly. And from that I came up with the idea of a new Elements of Form series. It is in the very early stages but I am thinking more in terms of geometry: square, triangle, circle.  Maybe a nod to Plato’s perfect forms, not sure, but I am thinking about order out of chaos.  Again, it is all very preliminary.

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I made up this image using  triangles. I thought they were easy to use and would make an interesting image. I drew on the fabric but as you can see my stitching is not exactly straight.  I altered the lines as I stitched. I do plan to continue embroidering similar images as well as painting. Have to smile at my not so straight lines.

New Website for my artwork

New website is  http://schindlerartwork.blogspot.com/

It is a work in progress. I wanted to get it up since the blucanvas site closed down at the end of 2015.  The best web browser to use to view the site is Chrome. It allows for the banner to work correctly.

Scott Robertson is in the process of developing the artwork site for me.

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