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 expressionist figure painting
A bit prosaic. Oil on paper, 22″ x 16″
Took a monotype I made a few years ago of an homage to Valentin de Boulogne’s Martyrdom of St Bartholomew and painted back into it. It went from an old man being crucified to a young woman who may have just done some crucifying herself. I was inspired by a photograph of Toni.
The original monotype I found a little clumsy.
The reworked image.
Dominant at Rest, oil over monotype on paper, 16″ x 20″
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″
Living in NY requires money. I have little time to eat or breathe. I suppose I’ll have to learn to live on 4 hours of sleep to give myself enough space to paint and do my laundry. What ends up happening is I’m left with beginning projects that require blocks of time to conceptualize, think, sit and allow to grow. I don’t have those blocks. This is another piece that may very well ferment like so many others have over the past few months.
WIP: Limbs, oil on canvas, 31″ x 46″
I’ve been in Baltimore caring for my parents for a week and have been painting in the basement of the house I’m staying in. Here are some of the results.
I had the opportunity to take advantage of my father Harry’s experienced eye for design. He’s 92 years old. I asked him what he thought of the 1st piece below while I was still working through unresolved stages. He looked at it, covered an area with his hand and said, “get rid of this shape. These things don’t mean anything.” A title was born.
These Things Don’t Mean Anything, oil on monotpye, paper, 18″ x9″
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Below, I’ve posted a photo of an original monotype and the subsequent over-painting.
figure 1993, monotype,
Figure 1-11-12, oil on paper, 2012,