Monday, October 27, 2008

New York Movie


New York Movie After Edward Hopper
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

Earlier this year, I went to the DAM (Denver Art Museum) to see, "Inspiring Impressionism," an amazing exhibit that focused on how the Impressionists were influenced by the art that came before them. Many of the top Impressionists spent time at the Louvre and other great museums, copying paintings of others, and learning in the process.

I've been to many of the top art museums around the world and have seen some remarkable exhibits, but this one had to rank with the best. It brought paintings together from nearly 70 museums and great collections, and in addition to being beautiful, for an artist, it was instructive of how the creative process worked for these great painters.

Featured prominently at the exhibit was a quote by Edgar Degas, "[An artist] should copy the masters and re-copy them, and after he has given every evidence of being a good copyist, he might then reasonably be allowed to do a radish, perhaps, from Nature."

In that spirit, my painting today, is my impression of part of a great 1939 work, New York Movie, by one of my favorites, Edward Hopper.

So paint on and don't worry about copying or being influenced by others, as long as you are learning your craft along the way.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Muse by the Window


Muse by the Window
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

This one was a long time in the making. I started on it months ago, then put it aside for what I thought would be a few days, but turned into much longer. I recently would work a bit here and there on it, but decided today it was time to finish.

Muse, (yes, that is her real name,) is a lovely model and actress from England, who graciously allowed me to use a photo of her for this painting. She is a true muse and has admirers around the world. I have not done her beauty justice with this one, but hope to do better with another. Her web site is here. (There is nudity on her site, of course, but it is all done tastefully, and beautifully.)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hotel Room


Hotel Room
8 x 10 inches
Oil on wood panel.

I have been somewhat blocked lately. I have four paintings, that are all about 90 percent finished, and I have either not painted, or puttered around a little on them, but never finishing them. So yesterday morning, I got up and told myself I would complete a painting no matter what. And I did!

There is something about a hotel room at night, with the television off, and one light on, casting its glow on the impersonal objects around it. It makes for mystery, interesting lighting, emotion and a little eroticism thrown in. All things I like, so that is what I did.

Now, back to those unfinished paintings.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Waiting for the Metro


A fashionable Parisian lady, waiting for the Metro.

This is based on another wonderful photo by, Miss Glitzy. She has graciously allowed me to use her photos as inspiration for paintings. This is my third based on one of her photos.

She recently featured me on her blog. You can see that here.

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