Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harrison Ford Portrait Finished and Installed September 18, 2016




The 3 x 4 foot painting looks small next to the larger portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the changes in style and technique are also readily apparent; 1) the image is more fluid without damaging the likeness, 2) the fluidity is a result of the purposeful curvilinear shapes, 3) and the blended opaque and transparent passages. These last two techniques are different from the patchy chunks of opaque color used in the past though I continued to use that technique in this portrait as well.

I’m sad to say that Windows On Queen, our Goddaughter’s banquet facility at Character’s Restaurant in Lancaster, PA now has its complete compliment of character portraits. So, if I continue making these I shall have to find another venue for display. At the same time, I would like to move on to another body of more abstract work based in landscape. Perhaps I can continue to do both as well as doing more mixed media distressed paintings for the LGBTQ Pictionary. Good grief! I need to clone myself in order to do all this simultaneously!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Harrison Ford Portrait – One Week To Go



The details are a (BLEEP)! As I wrote in earlier posts, I’m working with a more complex technique on this portrait. Instead of working with all hard-edged patches of color I’m working with transparencies in some areas, and blending opaque areas in others, with both these techniques set against the hard-edged patches of color. Because of that I spent 3 hours on Harrison’s left eye yesterday, a small area of several square inches. In the flat opaque areas I am having to do two coats because the acrylic is drying transparent. So, I guess it is time to change brands of paint, or look for one that is labeled, "thick and opaque." Most acrylic paint colors should be opaque until thinned with medium and water to be transparent.* So, I am having to paint with the smallest of brushes in order to keep small details even and crisp, making sure the second coat is perfectly aligned with the first. Never the less I am extremely pleased with the painting, and I should be finished the week after my 72nd birthday.

Notes

* exceptions are magenta and pthalocyanine blue and green.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ten Days Progress on the Harrison Ford Portrait



I am working hard-edged opaque passages of paint against soft edged blended opaque passages both of which are interspersed with transparent passages. Interestingly, there are sections of hard-edged passages in which I'm creating the appearance of transparencies. All of that marks a departure from the way I've worked on these over sized iconic portraits in the past. Because of this complex technique the work is slow, but I'm enjoying it tremendously.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Over Sized Harrison Ford Portrait For Characters Restaurant


Finally, we’ve landed in Rehoboth Beach longer than a week, and I’ve had time to work. I’ve played with Adobe Photoshop - inverted, colorized, reversed, polarized, cropped, tilted, turned, stylized, cropped, painted, transformed and combined the many images I found of Harrison Ford. The final manqué has been put on a grid and printed out in sections. I also made a grid on the 3 x 4 ft canvas and finished transferring the smaller image onto the larger canvas with pencil. I’ve mixed many of the main colors, and I’ve begun painting. I am also experimenting with a different technique for this portrait. All the other over sized portraits at Windows on Queen were done with distinct hard-edged patches of color. This time I will mix passages of blended color with the usual hard-edged color, and I hope I can make the two of these work together stylistically.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sixth State: Five More Layers on This Years Distressed Painting Mixed Media Christmas Card



I continue to write about the many steps involved in creating our 2016 Christmas Card. It is a process that I return to over time as I also work on other art projects.

Just five layers to go and the painting will be done! However, I’ve several other projects in progress so will not return to the card until August. It should be done toward the end of that month.  The final steps will include; 1) decide which portion of the painting will be photographed for the actual card, 2) Photograph and crop the image, 3)  the card design (inside and outside) created and sent off to the printer.  Unlike my usual mad rush to finish, this card should be done well before mailing time for the holidays.

Friday, May 13, 2016

2016 Christmas Card: 5th State

I continue to write about the many steps involved in creating our 2016 Christmas Card. It is a process that I return to over time as I also work on other art projects.



After I scraped through the blue layer of tempera it was necessary to spray the artwork with several light coats of pastel fixative so that a coat of water based UV proof varnish could be applied without lifting the tempera paint. Once that layer was dry I made a 10 by 10 inch print of the digital photo I had taken of the mixed media distressed painting in its 3rd state. I tore that print in pieces and laminated some of those over top of the artwork.* Another coat of UV proof varnish was applied, and once that had dried I took photographs again.

I have at least 9 more layers to do before I can call the painting finished, so please stay tuned for the 6th  and 7th state of our 2016 Christmas Card.

*laminate – to glue two flat surfaces together using a continuous layer of adhesive

Friday, May 6, 2016

2016 Christmas Card: 4th State


Doing the following created the 4th state:

1. spray the painting with several light coats of pastel fixative
2. a coat of water based varnish was brushed over the latest layer of tempera paint
3. cover the painting heavily with oil crayon and rub it with an eraser
4. apply a new coat of light pthalo-blue tempera paint
5. scrape through the new layer of tempera paint after it was dry.

Stay tuned for the 5th state of our new Christmas Card