For a long time, I’ve been disappointed when my oil paintings did have the dynamic energy of my drawings. In this painting, that convergence is happening. This painting also shows the use of a natural glance for the casual arrangement of objects in the composition.
Making gouache copies from master’s paintings is proving not only to be fun and engaging but also to have unexpected benefits that carry over to working from life. Two strengths are being developed in the copy work: the process of matching colors to an existing piece; and mixing and applying color using a limited palette.
ABOVE: Blue Napkin and Coconut, oil on paper, 7 x 8.5 in (17.78 x 21.59 cm), 11/2/08
Still life, ink, 5 x 8 in (12.7 x 20.32 cm), 11/2/08