Thursday, April 27, 2006

Black Madonna

I wanted to post new pictures of the mermaid carving, not because she's changed any but because she looks different in so many different lights. She has landed now on a cupboard in the living room of a massive hand-built Tuscan-style house full of art I'm now living in (with an attendant collection of artists, hippies and critters). Mantel space is at a premium, or rather it's restricted to the caprice of Zito the Younger, my landlord. Zito the Elder built the place by hand and it's full of his art and artifacts, but also of other artifacts which Z2 collects. The black madonna is probably a relic of the Elder Zito. I didn't want to particularly include her, but there she was and the mermaid looked good and off I went to take the pictures for this ensemble:

And, as usual, I found that some judicious cropping could produce a provocation where none had been intended:

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The tobacco barn

These tobacco barns are ubiquitous in Connecticut's Farmington Valley. I had well and truly ruined this by adding in color everywhere, until this morning when I added the yellow. Before that the effect of coloring it in had been to completely deaden the image. If I were an honest blogger I'd have captured the in-between icky stage, but my camera was in the car.

Still not sure whether this is done. The paint is so thick in spots it won't be dry for weeks anyway.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Well, it's on to the unconquered medium. Or, to quote the lovely lady at the framing shop, Ms. Ars Gratia Artis, "tourists buy oils". So I'm playing with oil.

This is my first oil. It sat a while awaiting a face for the yoga girl, which it just got this morning. She's probably done now. She looks better in person than she does photographed here. I'll reserve the right to substitute a better photo later.

The tobacco barn below is rather the opposite. It looks better here than in real life. I had just blocked out what should be the major color fields, intending to finish it with more and realistic detail. I like it as just a graphic splash as it is here. It doesn't work in real life, though, because empty canvas doesn't look the same as, say, empty watercolor paper. It just looks unpainted. I'm not sure where this one is going.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Mega-arborial In-situ Sculpture

That's what my people, basically New Hampshire Swamp Yankees, call what highfalutin' folks refer to as chainsaw carving. This is an unfinished porpoise, but it remained unfinished long enough that the wood developed a patina and I didn't want to get it two-tone by making fresh cuts and I rationalized that it was a little intentionally rough and abstract and also it's at a house that's no longer mine.