This is a painting that has gone through a few variations over the past 8 months. I posted the first stage of it here : http://darteboard.com/2012/05/10/bskip-big-sketch-in-progress/ last May. I had a conversation with our own Toni Tiller about it and she exhibited once again her insight with a suggestion concerning the editing of an unresolved area of this abstracted design. The painting successfully translated form, color, value through rhythm and movement but became confused and clunky in the ‘head’ area. I repainted that territory and pulled it into a more tangible architecture. Its done, finally.
Archive for the nude Category
Here’s an old monotype from the archives.
I once spent a week in the Uffizi drawing room collection when one could be issued a special permit to examine original old master drawings by hand (wearing special cotton gloves, of course)–literally holding the ancient drawings on paper in your hands! Needless to say, that special provision is history. Carracci impressed me with his beautifully facile line and form. I came away with a man crush on the old italian.
Inaugural, monotype with oil paint overlay on paper, 28″ x 18″
A bit prosaic. Oil on paper, 22″ x 16″
I’m working on a painting now that isn’t at all there yet. Hence, I’m posting detail shots of the surface. Wetting the appetite?
oil on canvas
I’ve been away from traditional media for the past couple of weeks and have been tied to a mac using Photoshop for ‘applied’ purposes. This is an experiment with layers and brushes of varying modes.
Fear is the Mother of Behavior, PS
Some small painted monotypes for an upcoming show in Massachussets and a naked monotype which came out looking like Gloria Swanson with big boobs.
Beauty 2, monotype with oil overpainting, image 8″ x 6″
Beauty, monotype with oil overpainting, image 8′ x 6″
Sunset Boulevard, monotype on Rives BFK, 12″ x 9″
1st Stage of a painting on monotype.
Tom Bennett, Exit Stage 1, work in progress, oil & oil based printmaking inks on Rives BFK,
9″ x 12″
Painting on paper. Monotyped ink as the foundation. As I worked on this I realized it resembled someone specifically, but it was unconscious on my part. The reference image was pieced together from several sources. In other words, I didn’t consciously set out to paint this friend of mine. But this woman ends up as a proxy in so many of my paintings.
Prone, oil on monotype underpainting on paper, 16″ x 20″
Last week I posted a WIP and this week I post the finish, which isn’t much different. I made a few tweaks here and there; I took a more accurate photo. Tell me what you think.
Pheromoning, oil on canvas, 36″ x 62″
The title is a reference to the non-committal online connections that pass for friendship bonds today. The whole concept is silly and sad. That said, please don’t un-follow me or I’ll cut my ear off.
With the paint into monotype I’m continuing to explore a guarded, nuanced and neutral palette with some higher hues thrown in. Here the cool grays got too blue and of course the yellow blares out a bit. The figure may have pronounced itself rather more than was intended, but I’m ok with it.
Unfollow, 2008-2012, oil into monotype on paper, 18″ x 12″
Jeremy Lin is the the cinderella story of the NBA this season. He was a no-one who came out of Harvard and was on the bench for the New York Knicks when he was chosen to come on the court where he went on an electric run to rejuvenate the team. I had made a couple of monotypes dedicated to him but both were unsuccessful, poorly formulated attempts. Here I took one of these flat prints and I’ve begun the process of reforming a composition with a slightly sexualized nude, utilizing bits and pieces of the underlying marks and forms. It is only fitting, I think, to honor this injured basketball player, who has had surgery on his leg and will be out the rest of the season. Baseball and sex are the usual analogies, but I’m throwing up a three pointer and lets see if it misses. This is a work in progress.
Yesterday Toni Tiller posted about the show Its a Small, Small World, also called Cluster Fluck, an open show at Family Business, a 10′ x 12′ foot space curated by a very funny Hennessy Youngman. Entertaining art happening. There may have been maybe 100 artists represented; here’s the little piece I had in it. It was in a good spot. On the other hand, when you’re talking about 120 square feet, any spot is a good spot.
Drunken Silenus, ink and graphite on paper, 11 x 8
Below is a recent Monotype reworked with oil.
April, oil paint into monotype on paper, 24″ x 18″