Monday, August 22, 2011

Palindrome Reclined

I spend a lot of time noticing how form repeats itself in nature.  When I look at the human back I often notice that the overlapping muscles of the lower and upper back are nearly a mirror image.  I wondered if I could fool the viewer at first glance that this was a normal reclined figure, the pelvis on the left functioning as the upper torso and shoulders.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

On the Easel: No Title Yet.

I'm using my imagination a lot more in my process recently in my interpretation of form.  How can I take  my impression of the movements of the figure and push them to where I make you see what I see?  

 Much imagination is also employed here in the placement of shadows too.  

This is a composition I'm working out currently for a painting.  I'm doing a lot more of this lately, which to my surprise I've found extremely gratifying.  It's one of those things you know would help but it sounds boring.  Actually I'm flying through loads of paper just throwing my ideas down and pushing things around.  It's so much fun I've hardly thought of painting in the last week.

Two of my favorite stories as a child were Rip Van Winkle, which I took as literal history (as well as Greek Mythology.) and "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.  Both are definitely in there.

From "Where the Wild Things Are", Illustration by Maurice Sendak

A little help with shadow arrangements using some of my kids' toys.

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