Archive for February, 2013

Taking a break from painting the figure.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2013 by almostfinnish


Painted today. Taking a seriously needed break from painting the figure. There’s freedom in not having any pencil marks or guidelines to follow on the canvas. The pure artistic desire to just paint. Taking the time to figure out on your own where everything belongs, how it visually looks and how it all relates.

I always start with the under painting. I use raw sienna and prussian blue and a little white for a change basically establishing my value study as I covered the whole canvas with paint.

I am working from a photograph I took some time ago in North Carolina while we staying at the Hilton. It was a summer night and we would stroll down the boardwalk. The evening lights and water reflections were a delight to be around while we would watch the sun set and then stop at a nearby bistro for a local beer and southern platter. Our little get away from the party at hand. The ocean breeze was so warm.

“The boardwalk in Charlotte” I have a few other photo’s so this could turn into a series. When I finish this one I’m hoping to bring it down to the local coffee shop called Smith Bros located right along Lake Michigan/one of the great lakes. Some very interesting array of artwork is on display there and some by a couple of friends I have unexpectedly come to know by chance. My work is not on display at this time because I had a piece disappear with the owner from another coffee shop that closed it doors unexpected. Stolen in other words…we take our chances as artists not like it’s worth a million dollars yet. There are a couple of other galleries that have pop up in Port Washington lately I need to inquire.


The creative process is alive and well.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2013 by almostfinnish

The new year has started and it’s already been a month into it leaving me only eleven months to go. My outlook for this year looks good. The creative process is alive and well. My mind has been actively slipping back and forth on a number of different ideas But I am taking time to really think them through before I dive into any one. Preparing the ground work consumes a lot of my time so I want to make sure I’m in it for the long hall because without me nothing gets done.

I scraped off my artist palette. It was full of thick dried paint that had been sitting for at least a year. It was excruciating painful as I removed it in thick increments leaving thin shaving and dust everywhere. I dread cleaning my palette but this was ridiculous. I usually clean it more regularly but under the circumstances its been a rough and neglected year. although just the act of cleaning it is very promising and warrants a bit of quiet excitement.

I thought about doing a 365 day project but my mind and life does not work that way. I admire all those that can and do art everyday it is only beneficial to the artist and the creative process. Unfortunately I’m still working on a couple of paintings that I started 3 years ago definitely is on my bucket list.

To show my most honest interpretation of me as an artist I have to not only show my work which is the end result but my thought process. This may require me going shopping sometimes for some creative inspiration, maybe going out for a specialty beer and conversation, a touch of photography my never-ending love and my accounts about the process as a whole. In the end little excerpt from what I digest on a weekly basis from what I hear and read in a magazine, a book, the newspaper and or the internet. My thoughts come when I can identify and pull out the things that have some relevance or impact on me as an artist. At the end of the day giving me some commonality with the world in which I live.

I’d like to leave you with a favorite that keeps me inspired.

“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with words and notion, but as they are apprehended directly and unconditionally by mind at large-this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone.”

Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception

Picasso’s Genius Revealed: He Used Common House Paint

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by almostfinnish

I thought this was an interesting article about Picasso the artist we all love and/or hate.

By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer | – Fri, Feb 8, 2013Email0Share558Share24PrintRelated ContentView PhotoAmong the Picasso paintings in …

Pablo Picasso, famous for pushing the boundaries of art with cubism, also broke with convention when it came to paint, new research shows. X-ray analysis of some of the painter’s masterworks solves a long-standing mystery about the type of paint the artist used on his canvases, revealing it to be basic house paint.

Art scholars had long suspected Picasso was one of the first master artists to employ house paint, rather than traditional artists’ paint, to achieve a glossy style that hid brush marks. There was no absolute confirmation of this, however, until now.

Physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., trained their hard X-ray nanoprobe at Picasso’s painting “The Red Armchair,” completed in 1931, which they borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago. The nanoprobe instrument can “see” details down to the level of individual pigment particles, revealing the arrangement of particular chemical elements in the paint.

The analysis showed that Picasso used enamel paint that matches the precise chemical composition of the first brand of commercial house paint, called Ripolin. The researchers were able to compare the painting’s pigment with those of paints available at the time by analyzing decades-old paint samples bought on eBay. [9 Famous Art Forgers]

What’s more, the detailed study, which used X-rays to probe the painting’s pigmentdown to the scale of 30 nanometers (a sheet of copier paper is 100,000 nanometers thick), was able to pinpoint the manufacturing region where the paint was made by studying its particular impurities.

“The nanoprobe at the [Advanced Photon Source X-ray facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials] allowed unprecedented visualization of information about chemical composition within a singe grain of paint pigment, significantly reducing doubt that Picasso used common house paint in some of his most famous works,” one of the research leaders, Argonne’s Volker Rose, said in a statement.

Art scholars think Picasso experimented with Ripolin to achieve a different effect than would’ve been possible with traditional oil paints, which dry slowly and can be heavily blended. In contrast, house paint dries quickly and leaves effects like marbling, muted edges, and even drips of paint. Still, experts couldn’t be sure house paint was the key to Picasso’s look without proof.

“Appearances can deceive, so this is where art can benefit from scientific research,” said Francesca Casadio, senior conservator scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago. “We needed to reverse-engineer the paint so that we could figure out if there was a fingerprint that we could then go look for in the pictures around the world that are suspected to be painted with Ripolin, the first commercial brand of house paint.”

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