Saturday, January 17, 2015

Charcoal pencil and water on mat board



This is about four years old I think.  Fast work as I recall.  Someday soon (when I have purchased a new camera) I actually will show some current things!!  Found this backed up in a location I was unaware of.  Thanks to the cloud I didn't actually loose all the images I'd thought were gone.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Edited photograph of floral piece

It may be of little interest to those familiar with the properties of photo editing software that someone like myself would get excited experimenting with it.  Sorry, can't help myself!  Anyway, the prospect of making real adjustments to work seems pretty exciting to me.  I like the idea that technology can show me alternatives.  Maybe it just means that I've got a really limited imagination!  Here's the original image.....which actually fairly represents the actual painting and below is the toned-up version made possible by editing software.  So, yes I'm going to tone up the piece.
Cheater?



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Return, Part II

So, I wasn't just sifting through old pieces for the past two months or so.  I've  been making some new work, too.  Nothing to show just yet but a remedy for that is on the horizon.
Unfortunately, the laptop I'd relied on for as long as I've been posting to this site met its ultimate fate: irreparable digital confusion. It effortlessly and relentlessly rejected my efforts to revive it so I had to abandon and replace it. All of that has taken time and while drawing, painting and re-learning computer stuff, I just haven't had the inclination to take photos.  Plus, I lost 100's of images I stored on the old gadget and before heading into reassembling a digital portfolio I thought I'd better move carefully and maybe avoid a repeat.
I've made some progress, I think.  Choosing photo editing software has been trial and error and given my budget for such stuff a risky commitment or so I've thought.  Fortunately, I kept on with the charcoal and paint and will show some new things really soon.  If my memory is correct I counted about twenty-five drawings and four or six oil pictures that should be photographed.
I think I've settled on Picasa editing software. I used Sarif for a month or so with some 2014 work I was lucky enough to have saved on cd but I found it had way more features than I think I need.  Also, Windows 8 is awful (my opinion) and made working with it way too difficult.
Picasa has some easy to use adjustment features and is free.  Here are two images, one of which you'll clearly see as an original the other manipulated.

 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015!




Silence from these quarters for two+ months. Why point out the obvious?  Actually, I'm prompted to reflect on the activities which have pulled me away for all that time!!  And so I'll try to account for some of it in my next several postings!!




Well, with a bit of the time I reviewed some earlier efforts including many pieces I simply passed over as uninteresting or weak on some level. (Actually, some could say there are many uninteresting/weak pieces in my expanding portfolio----so excuse me for sounding presumptuous.) It's refreshing for me that the passage of time can bring a different perspective on work; the pieces I've posted here, though not favorites when they were photographed, have moved up my list of accomplishments so much so that I'd like to show them.






     

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simultaneously plastic and determined

Pastel and charcoal on paper
18" x 24"
Untitled Study
I'm hoping I can build from this and make a line of pictures which will help me refine the technique and style of overlaying light and dark to build shape.
While working on my shells series over the last weeks I've become attracted to the subtleties of what I think I should describe as tone.  By that I mean very close shades of color which when placed next to each other can reveal depth.  Also I think subtle color variations don't just have a visual impact in the sense of perspective; they also reveal aspects of the subject  beyond the structure of the image........or maybe I'm over thinking it! Ha!    
Anyway, when I look at this I see flexibility and strength in some tension and I like that revelation.