Monday, August 1, 2016

Smiling Beneath The Greasepaint




                                                   An original drawing, in charcoal and pastels
                                                   12 X 9", unframed, - ( mat size, 17 X 14" )
                                                   $75.00, - ( plus $15.00, pack and ship )


                                                         ( click on image to enlarge )


     This is one of a number of such studies I have done in the past, as preparations for
doing clown paintings.  People seem to fall into two camps, when it comes to clowns;
they either love them or they hate them.  I can understand some of the antipathy for
clowns; professional clowns who have a genuine talent to amuse an audience are a
rarity.  Most of the "clowns" that young people are exposed to these days are clowns
in name only; they think that a silly costume, face paint and noise makers, are all it takes
to be funny.  A genuine clown has enough acting and mime skills to create a character
who communicates visually, and sometimes verbally, with his audience, to carry out a
theme or story, in common with, or recognizable to all.

     One of the best at his profession, was Emmett Kelly.  I have a personal memory of
seeing Kelly perform, over a half century ago, which I will try to relate in a future posting.
Glancing back through previous postings, I only see a couple of selections using artful
performances by mimes or clowns as subjects, (Silent Laughter, and Put On A Happy
Face).  So, I will try to get more of them photographed and posted in the blog.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ruby Ballerina




                                                      An original mixed-media painting, on illustration board
                                                      10 X 8", unframed, (mat size 16 X 14")
                                                       $135.00, - (plus $15.00, pack and  

                                                         ( click on image to enlarge)



     This is another example of the series of color studies I did of a ballerina, using
various gem-stones as references to suggest the changing colors of stage-lighting,
which can do so much to create and enhance the ethereal magic of the ballet.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pears For Toulouse-Lautrec




                                               An original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
                                               15 X 19", framed - ( 12 X 16" canvas )
                                               $850.00, including frame, ( plus $35.00, pack and ship )


                                                         ( Click on image to enlarge )



     This painting, done in a fairly post-impressionist manner, still defies any photographer
to capture a completely accurate feel for its primary, visual characteristic.  That is the
result of the fact that it was entirely, under-painted in metallic gold, so that the luminous
qualities of the overlying colors appear to change, as the painting is viewed from different
angles and distances.
     I haven't used metallic paints or foils a great deal, in my art work, because they often
tend to compromise the illusion of depth in paintings.   But they work fairly well in the
style of the post-impressionists, who favored bold shapes, lines and colors, and the
flattened  depth-of-field, of the Japanese, wood-block prints, which they so admired.
Metallic elements can also be useful in work which is deliberately primitive in design,
 having no genuine perspective or sense of scale, and instead, using flattened patterns,
shapes and traditional themes, to create a feel for the history of an area.  I once did a
series of such paintings, designed to give a feeling of the art and history of the Eastern
Mediterranean countries, and which I printed as a Christmas card collection.
I have posted several of those paintings in this blog in the past ( such as Silent Night
and Glad Tidings Of Great Joy ), but again, the metallic elements do not show up well
in the photos.

     The burnished-gold, molding I selected for the frame, carries out the rich theme of
the painting without being overly elaborate.  This photo of the painting in the frame,
may give viewers a better idea of the visual effect of this gilded presentation of pears.




   

Emerald Ballerina




                                                   An original mixed-media painting, on illustration board
                                                   10.5 X 8.25", unframed
                                                   $135.00, ( plus $15.00, pack and ship )


                                                          ( Click on image to enlarge )

 
     This is another of  the jewel-toned color-studies I did in preparation for a much
larger painting of the ballerina.  In this one I was imagining the stage lighted for what
might be a setting from a forest scene, during a performance of one of the classic
romantic ballets, perhaps in a composition by Tchaikovsky.   I think it does capture
some of the evanescent and ethereal feel of a dancer poised in the glow of enchanted
stage-lighting, the magical, shimmering colored-lights which bring fairy-tales to life.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Still Waiting For The Music To Start Again




                                                    An original acrylic painting, on canvas
                                                    28 X 22", unframed
                                                    $2,600.00, - ( Plus $40.00, pack and ship )


                                                          ( click on image to enlarge )


     This painting may become the cover art for a children's book, depending on
whether or not the writing will be finished, and the book can find a publisher.

     This subject of a carousel horse, found seemingly abandoned in an old, decaying
barn, presented some interesting challenges for the composition.  The unusual
placement of the center-of-interest required a comfortable degree of informal balance,
and since this is a completely imaginary barn, there was the problem of creating a
believable, deep perspective.  The painting also required three different kinds of
light sources: a bright, warm sunlight at the front opening, a cool, shadowed light
from the opening on the far side of the barn, and a muted light source from an
unseen opening in the barn's loft.

     Perhaps this nostalgic look back at a salvaged part our childhood memories
will stir some blog viewers to recall their own innocent, cotton-candy days, of rides
on the merry-go-round, and reaching for the brass ring.

Amethyst Ballerina

 


                                                      An original mixed-media, on illustration board
                                                      10.75 X 8 ", unframed
                                                      $135.00, - ( plus $15.00, pack and ship )


                                                          ( Click on image to enlarge )



     This is another of the jewel-toned color-studies I worked on in preparation for
doing a larger painting of this subject.   In this one, the composition places the figure
closer to the picture plain, and the color palette is a bit softer and more subdued
than  in some of the other studies.
    Perhaps it is appropriate that the amethyst is the birth-stone of February, the
transitional month, after the brilliant colors of the Autumn foliage have faded away
into the misty, lavender tones of the winter season, and before the winds of March
begin to signal the floral displays of Spring.
     I will try to get more of the color-studies photographed and posted in this blog
before I post a photo of the larger painting.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Topaz Ballerina




                                                   An original mixed-media painting, on illustration board
                                                   14.5 X 12.5", framed - (10 X 8", unframed )
                                                   $210.00, including frame, ( plus $30.00, pack and ship )

                                                 
                                                         ( click on image to enlarge )



     In a previous post, I mentioned that I had done a number of different color-studies
of this subject, prior to doing a larger painting of the ballerina.   I was trying to decide
what colors would best express the feeling of the stage performance.  I used a different,
dominate jewel-tone in each separate study, and in this case, I chose the colors of the
November birthstone, the topaz.  ( I believe jewelers say that the topaz is a symbol of
friendship, as if the stone is not expensive enough to declare a deeper emotion on the
part of the giver, but it seems to me that the gift of any expensive jewelry could simply
be considered a gift of friendship, and that true love can be expressed in any price
range, for those who can value the giver more than they value the price-tag of the gift. )

      I liked the results of this study enough to custom frame it, in a handsome, antique
gold molding with a linen liner, which I have included with the painting.  The photo
below is not perfectly accurate, but it gives the look of the frame molding.