Friday, December 31, 2010

Shane ~ New Year's Eve 2010 ~

Shane ~ oil on linen ~ 12" x 12"

This is half-done - at this point it is almost monochromatic, using mainly burnt umber and flake white, with a little cerulean and venetian red. After this layer dries, I'll apply the finishing colors in transparent glazes. Hopefully the final result will have some of the glow of its inspiration.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Homestead ~

oil on linen, 24" x 32"

This view looks from Cedar Creek Vineyard to an old farm, owned by a friend. I've wanted to paint the three pine trees since I first saw them, years ago, but that didn't happen until Shane took a nice photo of them for me. Painting an old cabin nestled into the hills could be a cliche of Kentucky, but I enjoyed painting it and I like how it looks. The cabin trumped the pines in a way - I thought of calling it "The Haunted Farm," because it reminded me of a haunted cabin that a friend of my sister took me to see when I was a child.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day, 2010 ~

Ink on paper, 24" x 32"

Shane & I spent the day inside yesterday, eating treats and watching anime, enjoying each others company. With the dark came the rare snow, soft and lovely, on Christmas Eve. This morning I got up early and walked all the way to Pitman Creek with Alf, looking for images to paint. Everything looked so beautiful that it was hard to choose what, in particular. I settled on yet another view down the creek, and decided that the tricky medium of Japanese ink was best suited for it.

This evening I actually snuggled up in a chair beside the logs crackling in the fireplace, read some Gertrude Stein and gazed at the Christmas tree, counting my blessings.

I've enjoyed this Christmas the best of any since I was a child.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Storyboarding ~

After days, (and especially) nights, of storyboarding clippets of You'll Always Come Back in my head, this morning I started the thumbnailing of it. With the images summarized on paper, I can begin to see how the first 2 or 3 minutes of the video will work, and that's a key to how the whole thing is constructed. Whew! I wondered if insanity would beat expression in this case. The work ahead seems daunting. Although I've worked with moving images - dance, film (super 8 in my teens), and video continuously through the years, the efforts have always been short (less than 10 minutes) and understood as steps toward developing a technique. This will be the first effort at a long form with a determined purpose - a video opera. I have the tools to begin, we'll see if the will is there, and the luck. It's exciting ... and a bit terrifying.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Primary Cat Attack II ~

Oil ~ 32" x 24" ~ The colors in this pic are not quite accurate! (overcast day) This is the second version of this image, painted for dear friends. The first one is here: