Pick of the Month, August 2023: "Woman In Profile"
For years -- many years before I picked up a palette knife -- I did nothing but draw with graphite or charcoal. With drawing, there's no waiting for layers to dry, no gobs of paint and wax stuck to my shoes or my hair. It seems more direct, more immediate, more simple somehow. This particular drawing does have a twist, though, as it was drawn in silverpoint. That technique is a little more complicated. First you lay down a special “ground”, and when it dries, you make your marks using a stylus that holds a thick wire made of silver. The hard part is, there is no erasing. Whatever marks you make are there to stay. The range of values is limited, but I love the inner glow of the final result. And after a few years, the silver will oxidize and the marks will take on the coppery hue you see in renaissance drawings.
Silverpoint on paper; matted only (11 x 14 in.) or framed (13 11/16 x 16 3/4 in.
Pick of the Month, July 2023: Husband
I came across this old painting amid a pile of my old paintings, all destined to be painted over. I was in ruthless mode, but there was something about this man that made me hesitate. Maybe it was the jowls. They reminded me of my grandfather's, my mother's, my own. So I worked on him just for a day, simplified the background, highlighted the plains of his cheeks, deepened the contrasts, and made a few other adjustments. I decided he was a keeper.
(2023) Oil on canvas paper, 16 x 12 inches