next on the easel; a portrait commission; block in first of a jungly lookin landscape (pictured here), next i'll put the head of the subject ( in safari hat) kind of transparent in places so you can see through her..than a foreground of woody orchids and tropical birds...grateful to this client whose giving me free rein; a rare and wonderful thing in a commission! ps. using fastmatte white oil and neomeglip in my block-in mean it dries enough for a new layer every 8 hours...amazing how fast even the thicker more opaque colors dry!!! WIP C VALLE
here we go again!!!!, experimenting with spray paint for the underpainting WIP. c valle
"Venus of Mayberry" cynda valle, oil on linen 2015; Experimenting with doing the early glazes with neon spray paint...so far i'm happy with how it's handling ... The painting was inspired by Manets painting" Bar at the Folies Begeres ". and also inspired by scholarship surrounding the Venus of Willendorf; specifically the hypothesis that by what is exaggerated in the sculpture (like the breasts and belly), we see what was important to the culture that produced her, and by what is NOT there (her legs) we learn just as much about what is not desirable (in our culture's venus she doesn't have legs either in an effort to keep her in the kitchen!
NOTES ON THE BREWERY ARTWALK; wow....LA never ceases to amaze; i met literally 1,000's of beautiful, interesting, multi ethnic, friendly people; LA is truely the melting pot of the world...i have never had such a huge number of potential models!!!!!Have to say the downside was 99.9 % of them would not part with more than the price of a greeting card...or they took pics and spent nothing at all....BBBBBOOOOOOOO VIEWING PUBLIC; PLEASE BUY FROM YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS.....WE CANNOT SURVIVE INDEFINITELY ON CANVAS AND OIL PAINT!!!!!!!!
NOTES ON THE ARTWALK; FEELING PROUD HERE; AND EMBRACING THE "MORE IS MORE" AESTHETIC THAT THEY NEVER COULD BEAT OUT OF ME IN ART SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOTES ON THE ARTWALK; FREE ADVICE FOR ALL PAINTERS ON THE DOOR TO THE STUDIO...IN CASE YOU CAN'T READ IT (THE TAPE HOLDING THE PANTS UP) IT SAYS "NEVER LEAVE YOUR PALETTE ON A CHAIR"
I've been noticing a new theme sneaking into my painting lately...I could sum it up with one sentence ; "Behind every great mom is a magic refrigerator" Details from "Venus of Mayberry and All That Glitters" C. Valle
CMSA NOTES FROM LEFT FIELD; my old tyler classmate, Tim Barr is a wonderful painter who has this to say about painting...i couldn't agree more; "I think as painters we are programmed from birth to be constantly after a look of our own creation. We don't know exactly what it looks like because we haven't reached it yet but we will know it when we see it. And that's the journey. I doubt we will ever get there but it always seems to get closer which is comforting" and here's his paintng; yyes, it's a painting
A few days before i finished my current painting (venus of mayberry), i took a nap. I dreamed i woke up and looked at my painting ( in real life it was right where i would see it when i woke up). In the dream the checkered floor in the lower right corner of the painting was glowing with an ultraviolet light..i dreamed this dream 4 or 5 times, always exactly the same; woke up, saw the blue light, repeat...when i finallly woke up for real i used my dream as the "reference" and painted it exactly as i dreamed it...This was one of those incredible instances where i felt like the medium not the author of my work...what a gift;
Done...(for now). "Venus of Mayberry" oil on linen 52x42 c valle
do not be married to the idea that got you started...with any luck, the painting will take on a direction all it's own and lead you to places far more interesting than where you began..."earth fire and water" c valle
MANY LAYERED GLAZED PAINTINGS; have you experienced "drift" ? it's that tendency for the features in a figurative, many layered oil painting to grow (outward usually) more with each pass, as you very quickly loose any guiding lines you may have had in the first layer, you don't notice how far off your proportions are in subsequent ones, until all of a sudden the subject of your portrait looks slightly demented.. common "drift" problems; eyes too big, too far apart,eyes "crooked" or asymmetrical, nose too long, area between nose and upper lip too short, nose too wide, mouth too wide and too long..i have my own personal problems with drift atleast once , and usually more with every painting. keep re confirming your proportions as you go...in the excitement of paintng it's easy to forget.
NOTES FROM LEFT FIELD...My students hear me say it often; NBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!; "Not Beautiful Enough"; it doesn't mean a bad painting, it means a painting that is as yet not done; lacking as it does that little something so unique that only YOU can think of it...we (the critique/viewers) can't anticipate what that may be, but when we see it we love it and it finishes the painting making it " beautiful enough" You will come to this "finish " in the painting's own time; which means you may have to be patient and wait...or try 20 of the wrong things til you find it at last