Monday, March 30, 2015

Completed Madonna

The 3 foot by 5 foot acrylic painting is finally done!!!

I do still have to go in and add some color work in the hair and cheeks. However, that is something I will do after I do another acrylic painting and a pastel painting. I must move on at this point. Other work awaits.

I don't quite understand why - when I have made no gallery commitments, no shows pending - I am pressured to complete more work. Perhaps, as I used to tell my students it is necessary to create the work because I have no choice, the talent isn't mine because it came with the package God gave to me. it may not be the greatest talent the world has ever seen, but it is, and therefor must be exercised. I have been given this thing, and the opportunity to use it. Not to do so would be totally wrong!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Music that God Creates


*The Music that God Creates, artwork copyright © 2015, John Bittinger Klomp

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Material Girl: Almost Complete

Finally, after 2 months of constant interruptions, emergencies, travel (which I won’t complain about), and family affairs I had time to work on the painting. I had worked on photographs, sketched and completed some small pieces, but could not find the block of time necessary to do work on the three by four foot acrylic painting. One more session, perhaps two and it will be done. I will probably add some areas of variation to the skin, and some details to the hair once all the white is gone. Of course, this painting is only one third of the triptych, which means I’ll start on panel II, Johnny Depp, as soon as Madonna is finished.