Monday, February 18, 2008

Studio Shots

Well, I went to unplug the computer and it began to work, so I thought I'd get these images up while I can.

These are photos taken of my studio right before Open Studios began last Friday night. I put up everything I have done here. I hate having blank walls! And after having a day of feeling that my work is very trivial (much of the work that the artists do here has so much content, while mine is more about observation and my response to it, meaning that I do landscapes, still lifes, and now portraits, in a fairly straightforward manner) I decided to embrace my "barn ness" and on Friday afternoon I did the underpainting of a nearby barn that is displayed on my easel. What the heck! Also, in this shot you can see part of a large still life I am working on. It's on canvas, stapled to the wall and I have to say that I am really enjoying working like that. I wish I had wall space at home. Anyway, it's a piece that I started when I was floundering with the figures, because I wanted to keep working on something, anything.



The rest of these are long shots of the portraits I have been working on. I will post better shots soon. I also want to talk more about what I am doing with the figures and will try to do that sometime this week. I am really cooking with some figure paintings right now!



9 comments:

Natalya said...

wish I could have come by for the studio visit...

Steven LaRose said...

I dig the bouquet in front of the tux figure in front of the tree in front of the meadow in front of the forest in front of the sky.

Steven LaRose said...

Wait a minute! is that TWO boxes of facial tissues on the table in the last pic? Plus a back up roll of paper towels?

Chris Rywalt said...

It'd be a shame to go all the way to Vermont and not paint some barns while you're there. Vermont is practically barn country!

Tracy said...

Thanks, Natalya, it was much fun to walk around and see the work of the other artists that are here. I took photos that night and will post them soon.

Thanks Steven, that is one of the more successful paintings that I did right away. And it's one roll of paper towels, one box of kleenex (in a nicely designed box, no badly drawn flowers on my kleenex boxes thank you very much) and I think the other thing you see is a box of latex gloves. I use them when I do the underpaintings.

Yes, lots of barns here Chris. But unfortunately there is about 100 feet of snow up here and it is tough to get a good shot of the barns and their structure. Also, I am not feeling like I want to do snow scenes lately. But I took this one and will paint it without snow:)

Chris Rywalt said...

One definition of art is making the world you want instead of the one you've got.

Sunil said...

Liked your new direction here...
Hope to see the finished figure paintings..
Good luck.
Sunil

Katherine said...

I LIKE observational paintings! Long may you continue. I also like virtually everything I can see - particularly that large still life.

Tahirih said...

I really love your work. I am also a mother of small children, so I admire a woman who can be so successfull in her painting. Your use of a red underpainting is intriguing, and your use of color is amazing. It all makes your work so original and immediately recognizable. I'm tempted to stray from my realistic leanings and experiment now.