Thursday, June 18, 2009

Abbott Handerson Thayer

One of my favorite still life paintings. Abbot Handerson Thayer's Roses at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. This is an example of a painting that must be viewed in person to be truly appreciated. Areas of thin wash are juxtaposed against heavy impasto, creating a depth and glow which photography cannot reproduce.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Portrait of Barney

Started a life size portrait of Barney. I'm not yet sure where it's going to take me. The shot I'm working from is from last fall, and the ground is covered with leaves. I'm considering letting the complexity of the background overwhelm the subject as you can see by the brushwork near the head. This is approximately 2 hours of work thus far.