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March 1st, 2009, 12:30 PM
I never seem to get the time to color correct, or get a web site up, so I've decided to just post some assorted stuff done over the years that transferred to digital fairly well.
The work doesn't seem to have gotten posted! I'll try once more.
Some of the work has to be redone in different format. The two on this entry are a quick oil study, and a portrait of jazz guitarist, Marty Grosz (son of George Grosz, the German expressionist painter and a terrific musician). the portrait of Marty is mixed media, acrylic and chalk pastel.
I will try to get more recent work posted as soon as I can figure out how to correct the j pegs.
For me, however, getting this done on my own has been an achievement!
March 1st, 2009, 12:44 PM
Well, I managed to get two I think...
My cat in the studio window- a small watercolor, and a large oil of Joe Turner, the great blues singer.
March 1st, 2009, 01:09 PM
I'll try one more time to post more work... The trumpeters are Sweets Edison (charcoal and conte crayon), and Spanky Davis (oil on linen).
The top painting is oil on duck, and the drawing is conte crayon.
March 4th, 2009, 01:59 PM
Hi Maxine--The nude oil study, cat watercolor, and oil of the woman with her bike really appeal to me. All three share such a quiet, contemplative, and private mood that's truly infectious. That's further amplified when we see them juxtaposed with the noise and vibrancy of the musician images--such a powerful pairing. Would uploading larger versions of these be much of a pain? I'd love to see the details. Let me know if you need help resizing.
March 4th, 2009, 08:50 PM
I didn't know you could upload larger sizes. Could you send directions?
I'm happy to try... and thanks for your comments.
March 4th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Post more bigger images please :)
March 5th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Do you have the original, full-sized digital files? If you open up those originals in your photo editing program, you should see a menu option that says something along the lines of Image and then if you click on that something like Image Size. From there, you should get a dialogue box that displays the pixel dimensions of your image. If you resize the width to around 800 pixels, the height will adjust automatically. Save it as a jpeg under a different file name (since you don't want to overwrite your original), and you'll be asked what quality to save it at. Shoot for something under 100kb, and you should be set.
If you're still having trouble, let me know...
March 18th, 2009, 08:02 AM
Three more weeks and I'll have the time to work with a colleague on color correcting and he'll also teach me how to get things enlarged on this thread...right now I'm up to my ears in work at Max the Mutt, working on a new still life painting, and yesterday we took our almost 2 mos old granddaughter to the park to celebrate the first spring day in Toronto! That was my priority. I think Frida will be the subject of many drawings and paintings. I'm already trying to sketch her very week, which is hard when I also want to hold her.
I hear so many negative comments about the internet, but I want to tell you all how much I owe to this site. The integrity of the young painters has inspired me to get back to my own work, and the good has far outweighed the negative.
My thanks to all of you and to Jason Manley for starting it all!
Happy spring and good painting, everyone!
March 19th, 2009, 05:48 AM
If you need help with this gimme a shout at school Maxine ;)
Nice stuff :D Looking forward to seeing more :D
March 30th, 2009, 06:42 AM
You are always generous. I have a plan to do this with Jock as soon as we've finished the academic year. if something goes wrong, I'll get in touch.
And thanks again for the offer....
April 1st, 2009, 12:56 AM
Nice work! Quick question about the trumpet player, did you use some type of glazing medium to mix with your paint after the painting was nearing completion to darken values around the corners of the painting? The guy's belly and hand are the brightest part of the painting and my eye is lead directly to that area at first. I'm trying to achieve the same effect on an illustration im currently working on. I would be very appreciative of any advice you might be able to give me on the subject in my sketchbook :bashful: Thank you!
April 4th, 2009, 06:20 AM
Thanks for the kind words. I wish I could remember what I did, but I can't! At the time this was painted, I was using a wax medium made by David Davis in NYC. After he passed away his store eventually closed.
I always under painted first (probably in a lighter earth red), but I wasn't doing traditional "glazing." I may have used the wax medium, however, to add a thinner layer of paint in the dark areas. It's always a challenge in oil not to let the darks get too heavy and dead.
Most of the effect comes simply from tonal pattern.