I've been painting - old paintings - a couple of unfinished ones plus a some repairs because moving damaged a few plus two came back to me for repair because the owner of them recently moved. conclusion: moving is hard on art and I suppose I didn't know this because it's never happened before, so much moving damage. So anyway, some repairing and some new ones.
The repairs are on a couple of paintings, one about biblical Eve (top of the page), both were done about a million years ago. I'm having a grand old time repairing because I decided I could do a better snake. originally, I used a tropical flower to suggest a snake but this time around, i stuck in a snake. Hey, a snake is a snake. Plus I gave her a mess of hair. Neither is finished. I worked on Eve's face but now she still needs lighting to offer a bit more detail. But not much. This was created as a study/cartoon that I planned to be a bigger painting that never happened.
The other is the dream horse. It was created from a dream I had - also about a million years ago. The original painting wasn't very well drawn as I had never really spent time with horses but it had an earnestness that was pretty good, but at the time - when I went into the studio I didn't have any horse pictures, so I forged on. I considered it a sketch i sort of fudged but this time around, once I filled in the breaks (it's painted on a masonite panel that lost huge chunks of paint), I covered the old horse and stuck in a new horse that's a bit more accurate and I got to jazz up the sunset, just because. I feel good that at this point in my life I've had the good fortune to have gotten to know a little about horses.
You've seen the autumn bouquet, but I'm posting it again because it's still a work in progress although, as always - it's just about done. (hahaha)
And below is The Monkey - my granddaughter. She is my favorite grandchild. I know you're not supposed to have favorites but I do and what's more - she's earned the title. She WANTs to be my darling so she is. At the time it was important to do a good one but it wasn't happening then. One of the issues is I'm not a painter from photos - they're too static but it was all I had. Kids don't sit well. I remember doing portraits of my sons = good paintings but damn if it didn't piss them off to have to sit there.
Then I stumbled on a photo I fell in love with. It spoke to her gentleness and loving quality. So I have been working on this painting for a few weeks off and on. I worked on another one for months some years back but total fail, although she liked it. I didn't - it wasn't honest. So this one is a long time coming.
In a way it's kind of sad because the photo is about five or six years old and this little girl is grown. So it's not the glam girl she is today - a gorgeous, very sophisticated college girl, studying in Italy - god knows what, but she's there doing something and dazzling the italians. I miss her awfully so it's nice to look at her image and smile.
As I told her father - some day I won't be around and maybe one day when she's a grown woman she'll look at this painting of 13 yr old her and she'll remember how much I love her. And that's a nice thing to give someone.
look at that mug!