Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Another big one

Here is another 100x150cm canvas.  I like the abstraction in the underpainting

I love my atelier

Friday, 24 August 2012

Midtown Angels

Midtown Angels
oil and spray paint on canvas

Today the painting told me that it was finished.  Don't ask me how this happens.  Any creative person that listens to their creations knows what I'm talking about.  I don't know how to explain it.
Thanks to Cheryl for the title.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Painting in the heat

Here is a photo from yesterday.  It gives you a good idea of how large the painting is and of how bright my new space it.
I know I'll finish this painting in August, was hoping for tomorrow.  The painting hasn't yet told me that it is finished.  

Friday, 17 August 2012

Progress report and studio shots

Here is where I left the painting yesterday.  I was hoping to finish it today but that won't happen.  I'll be able to block in most of the unpainted parts like in the taxi below.

Lots of detail work to follow, it's a good thing I don't have internet in the atelier.  Nothing to distract me from my brushes

I bought some new colors, Ochre Gold is one of them.  It's been on my palette before but was shunned when I stopped painting Tuscany.  Too kitsch.  I guess paintings of NY are kitsch too.

Here's a detail of a sprayed part for the next painting that I started blocking in, you'll see that next time. I used gold spray paint.   Glass buildings reflect the sun.

I have lots of colors to play with.

Today will be another great day.  The key is in my hand.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Experimenting with spray paints

This is one of the largest paintings I've done recently; 100x150cm.   I decided to post my progress.  It may become the invitation to my next show:  The Grand Marché d'Art Contemporain at the Bastille (Paris) from 1 to 5 November.  We'll see when it's finished.

An exciting thing that I recently wished for is to utilize spray paints in my paintings.  To my delight, when I moved into my new space I discovered boxes of spray paints that my friend left for me.    
It's great to be experimenting again. 

Here is a detail.  I think that it blends well with my urban landscapes.  I love that the colors dry so quickly and leave an absorbent matt surface.  It makes for great contrast with the oils.

Here is a detail of the top left corner, looks like an iced cake, that's the spatula knife.  

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

my new atelier

Here is my new space.  I just moved in the day after returning from a five week adventure in Tuscany, Provence and Corsica.  
The space is in La Fabrique in Ivry-sur-Seine, where I worked from 2007- 2009.  It's not the same atelier, this one was where the artist Farah Atassi was working.  I feel lucky to follow her into this space, maybe some of her awesome success will rub off my way.

The exciting thing for me is that here I can use spray paints; use graffiti technique, pochoir, tagging, etc. in my canvases.

Here is a detail of the floor under the wall where Farah worked.  I decided to not cover it up, it's just too cool...