Friday, December 25, 2009

night time painting.

just more workings on this piece.

i'm not going to rush this painting, because it's exciting for me..the idea at hinting at the figure in the night...the idea of subtle tones and light sources from varying angles. I might just get out plein air and continue it and put a light in the house that i can adjust etc.

i hope i can have more paintings where I have no idea if the thing is going to be a disaster. quite happy now.

almost offsets the stress of christmas.

Monday, December 21, 2009

River Painting- Finished.

I finally finished the river painting, I'm quite happy with how it is now.


Friday, December 18, 2009

My Love Of Jean-Edouard Vuillard and Felix Vallotton

I am constantly in awe of these painters.

but there is one painting by another painter that really surprised me.. The painting is called "the floor scrapers" and it was painted by Gustav Caillebotte in 1875.

which to me seems insane, as most of Gustav Caillebottes other paintings are insipid and dead. How could he have created such a wonderful painting? In 1876 he completed another work called "The floor scrapers" with a different composition of the same subject and it was a flop.

His male nudes (Looking much like Degas) are just OK, but even they seem a little ridiculous! Male nudes drying off with a white towel just looks wrong.

"The house painters", painted by Caillebotte in 1877 is another of his best works.

Why did no one think to tell him he should continue with these themes instead of painting a man walking his dog ???

Paris Street, Rainy Day-1877 reminds me a lot of John Bracks-- Collins Street 5pm 1955 although Bracks version sure gets stuck into the yellow Ochre a lot more. (obviously the feeling is more intensified in the Brack painting)

this was actually meant to be a post about Vulliard and Vallotton,but I guess that's just be general gushing anyway.

Monday, December 14, 2009

so it what

yes, my outdoor painting session was a huge disaster.

I shot myself in the foot by starting with a bad composition...the work was so bad i destroyed it. I don't usually do that...but it was a dead painting anyway. I painted a rock formation and cropped it too closely and it looked horrible. The worse thing was I spent all day painting it even though i knew it was doomed.

however I am close to finishing the river painting...end of this week I will be done for sure.