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Archive for August, 2012

Life Painting

Man oh man, you get a lot of paintings here. I haven’t posted any of these since I started getting into Lunch and a Portrait more. So here’s a lump-sum-back-payment.

I also haven’t been to this painting session in quite a few weeks. So hopefully that’ll change. Gotta stay sharp, bros. Unprimed masonite and globby acrylic. Sounds like my favourite kind of Friday night.

I'm still pretty happy with this one... turned out but good. Oh yeah, these are chronological, by the way.

I'm still pretty happy with this one... turned out but good. Oh yeah, these are chronological, by the way.

If you recall, a while back I did a painting without red. A very green painting. Anyhow, I did this one without blue... kinda. I used a viridian green and it pretty effectively replaced the blue and made it turn out kinda, normal, actually. So technically this wasn't what I was going for. Colour wise, anyway. Otherwise I like it!

If you recall, a while back I did a painting without red. A very green painting. Anyhow, I did this one without blue... kinda. I used a viridian green and it pretty effectively replaced the blue and made it turn out kinda, normal, actually. So technically this wasn't what I was going for. Colour wise, anyway. Otherwise I like it!

THIS ONE, which is the second week of the same model, I did without blue OR viridian green. Warm painting, bros

THIS ONE, which is the second week of the same model, I did without blue OR viridian green. Warm painting, bros

And here we have a no-yellow painting. Purple! Colour theory! And a juiced-up neck! Distortion is fun.

And here we have a no-yellow painting. Purple! Colour theory! And a juiced-up neck! Distortion is fun.

This one has some serious problems in the structure of the face... but has a certain charm otherwise. Dare I say even a bit of a Lucian Freud kind of quality? Unintentional, I assure you. I think I like it... Right after this one I kinda realized I needed to work a little harder on full-body anatomy. THAT is coming up soon...

This one has some serious problems in the structure of the face... but has a certain charm otherwise. Dare I say even a bit of a Lucian Freud kind of quality? Unintentional, I assure you. I think I like it... Right after this one I kinda realized I needed to work a little harder on full-body anatomy. THAT is coming up soon...

Amanda

Whoa sandwiches! And Amanda!

So the other day I had a lady named AMANDA sit for me. Bam. Double bam. Freaking quadruple double bam. Amanda, who’s professionalism in a professional-type modelling situation (pffft, yeah, my “professional” living room, nice try), was top-notch. Hmm, I wanted to make a Pokemon joke just now, but very few people would have gotten it… and fewer would have laughed at it. It’s a lonely place inside my head.

Maaaan, you were reflecting some warm yellows, my friend. Late afternoon portrait... hmmm, don't think that's happened before!

Maaaan, you were reflecting some warm yellows, my friend. Late afternoon portrait... hmmm, don't think that's happened before!

So what’s preeeetty damn exciting is that I’ve painted the entire ARK now. That being Amanda, Rizzo and Kristen… longtime roomates, bros and pretty friggin’ boss ladies in general. Especially significant since the ARK is officially disbanding soon. Whoa, end of an era. But I got ’em bros, got ’em afore they scattered, I dids.

BUT, you know what is perhaps the MOST exciting part of having painted Amanda, Rizzo and Kristen? I can finally and confidently revisit and fiiiiiiniiiish (or I suppose work on AT ALL since I started it) a painting I began of the three of them in like, May of last year. I hope it was last year. Yeeeeesh, I REALLY hope it wasn’t two years ago. Man, lingering paintings get me down. TO WORK!!

Those were good sandwiches.

SIDENOTE: Jessica also started a painting of them that fateful day in May. Oh man, cool, what’s gonna happen??

The Riz

Oh hey again! It’s me, Corey. So! A couple more paintings here. One at a time, one at a time…

RIZZO.

Other than Devin, the ONLY person to sit in our pink wingback chair, which I have to say I thoroughly appreciated. Also, impeccably dressed, obviously appreciated. Also, good work sharing my star sign. That was a good choice on your part, Rizzo. Awesome.

Hmmm...

Some pretty interesting things happened here.

I think in general this was a pretty short sitting. I don’t think we quite got to three hours. Yes, maybe a little overly ambitious to go for so much in less than three hours, but that’s cool. I like it. I like (as we discussed, HA!) the idea of stopping at the end of a sitting and being ok with the result. For better or worse, richer or poorer, flawed or unflawed, skillful or un—you get the point… To just say, “Yeah. That’s a done painting.” It’s bittersweet and strange and I like it. This one is particularly unfinished, but I’m ok with that. Donno why… maybe it’s a uniform roughness aside from the face? Pfffff… WHO KNOWS!?

And ALSO, I realized while painting Rizzo that I have never painted a tattoo before… I put them in riiiight at the end, and I think they turned out ok… I’ve always liked painting text on an object. Like a label or something. It’s similar in an interesting way in that a tattoo is essentially a 2D image on it’s own… but imprinted across someone’s skin, it’s distorted and distorts and affects the skin. It’s a challenge to generalize it in such a way that doesn’t make it a graphic image or shape, but rather a natural part of the whole. Just like text. You can’t really think of it for what it is; an image. Which is pretty difficult. You have to think of it in terms of light, colour, form and shadow like the rest of the painting. …well, at least in this context. Whoooo! Subjectivity!

Food? One word. Peaches. Peaches, bros. Ontario peaches.