Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Couch

The Couch
26 x 36 in
Oil on canvas

This is my latest finished piece: a self-portrait. In this painting, I aimed to represent an aspect of my emotional self, rather than just my physical appearance. I used three different ways of handling the paint to describe unique forms. The composition was inspired by a small, less well-known Degas painting. It is an experiment, a step forward.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birds and more

30 x 40 in

12 x 12 in
Oil on panel

So... here's a selection of some new work. The rooster, who I named Tina, is still in progress. Lately I've been doing quite a few drawings and paintings of animals, especially chickens. I spent time with them this summer and realized how much they are like people. Each one has a distinct personality, as well as group thought. But there's always a leader and always the pecked-on. They can be snobby and selfish, interested in the world around them, but cautious. Beautiful and haughty. So much like us.