1/23/10 - Up really early this morning and photographed the beginning of the sunrise through my kitchen window. It was just a special moment - everything felt as though it was at the beginning again - that from this sunrise there will be a renewal - another spring. "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" - Shakespeare Am planning some small studies from these photos this week.
16 January 2010 - I didn't want to miss this beautiful light I saw from my kitchen window last winter. Grabbed my trusty digital camera and shot the photo right through the window. The 48"x36" canvas is gesso toned with Payne's Grey. The "cartoon" of the painting is Prussian Blue. I ran the photo through my large Epson printer to get a 16"x20" print of the photo as a point of reference. Yesterday I placed a grid on the photo (not the canvas) to guide me in proportions. This is one of the five large canvases I want to complete this year. I will begin to lay in the underpainting this afternoon. DC, Taos, N.M.
A perfect day today -- kind of cloudy, waiting for snow. Here is the underpainting - am working mostly with pure colors - ochres, cadmium reds, cobalt blue, chrome oxide green opaque, cadmium yellow. Background is a combination of Payne's Grey, a little ochre and MG Fast Drying Underpainting white. Will let this canvas dry for about a week while I block in new canvases.
14 January 2010 -- Here is the "cartoon" for my new 24"x24" oil painting "Calypso". I have done the drawing in Prussian Blue -- working loosely. I love this color for sketching in paintings because I believe the strength of the blue comes through the eventual layers of colors. This is an important week for me -- I have been gathering sketches and photos for about ten new paintings. The background work is to decide the sizes and shapes of this material, then purchase and prepare the canvases for each work. Sometimes it takes as many as 100 sketches and photos to make ten paintings -- they need to be edited for composition, color and light -- always subject to artistic license, of course. Stay tuned. Am hoping to post my progress on this new work more frequently than usual. DC, Taos.
"VETERAN'S DAY/SANTA FE PLAZA"- SOLD In one of my recent "clear outs" I found the slide for this painting which I took sometime in 1969 or thereabouts. I worked on this painting today and all the while debated whether I would disclose the surprise it held for me as I worked on it. Normally I don't "explain" my work, but after forty years and some quiet moments of sketching and painting this piece I realized what it was.....three veterans from different wars on the same bench on the Santa Fe Plaza. The man on the left is a WWII vet -- dressed in his afternoon best and not quite comfortable with the other two. The fellow in the middle is transitioning from Viet Nam, dressed in his old sport coat and slacks, hoping to find some kind of normal. The fellow on the right has been home a while and hasn't been able to find "normal" nor does he want to try any longer -- he lives quietly in a commune somewhere in northern New Mexico.
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"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end" Seneca, Roman Philospher, mid-1st Century AD. Found two quotes from Seneca recently. Another is "Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life." Am a firm believer in starting over -- and the New Year is a great place to begin! New Year's resolutions don't work for me -- I do, however, have some goals for my work this year (always subject to change, of course). I'd like to complete at least four large "environment" canvases, do more field work, complete my 100 small paintings project - and work on a book I want to self-publish in time for next Christmas. My all time favorite quote when I dream big..... "How do you eat an elephant? -- One bite at a time!" DC. Taos, N.M.
#810 - "THE NEST" (New Beginnings) - 10"x10" New Oil Painting - A solid start today -- here are three phases of this new oil painting. The photo of the nest - the oil sketch - outlined mostly in Prussian Blue - and the glazes. Will let this set up overnight and am hoping to complete this canvas tomorrow or Wednesday. HAPPY NEW YEAR!