Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
You can still see the original composition hasn't changed too much but the integration of the bottom part of the painting is starting to become a part of the work.
I don't know if the work is finished, I like the misty quality and the sloppy suggestions of shapes that become foundations for defined images. I need to sit with it for awhile.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Like I said I finish the Skull, sorry I finished it in one night,
Here is it.
Medium: oil on clay board
It would be nice to say that you can see some of the original scratching or black but all is painted :-).
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Painting 1. is a finished painting called Salmon Eater.
Painting 2. is what happens to works that sit in my studio too long.
They get sanded and changed into another painting. LOL!
Painting 3. This is the 3rd stage in the repainting. Notice how it is starting to look completely different. As I paint my subject changes because I really don't ever have a subject to paint this is why it is hard for me to create illustrations. My mind wanders with my immediate feelings and "findings".
I paint shapes and lines or do something to the surface like scratch it. Some times those elements suggest images to me so I go with them until I get board with what I am painting and some times I end the work or end the progression of an image.
I am not looking for a finished recognizable image, rather I seek the ephemeral or enigma. I am looking for that place before something becomes a materialized image or thought. I am interested in moment before you label something and attach preconceived ideas and classifications to it.
Monday, October 25, 2010
At this point you can see that I have scratched in a skull and then dripped paint over the panel. I used a very "loose" paint to drip an organic grid for me to work with. ( in the same way that bones are an organic scaffolding for the muscles.)
The paint is oil, it's 1 part paint to 6 parts turpentine. It's called lean paint because the oil has been broken down in favor of flow and dying speed.
There is a process of painting called "Lean to fat", it's a process that insures that the paint will dry correctly. For now, just understand that loose paint in the beginning is really important to the longevity of the style of painting I work in, "Glazing". I will go over that in the a little later.
I have had a lot of people ask me to show them how I paint. I am going to try to answer that by taking you through a painting from start to finish.
This is a photo of a piece of Masonite that used to be a scrap piece of Scratch board sitting on my easel. Some times I find things and work over them. At this point I have done nothing to the Masonite.
Sol De Witt
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Medium: Oil on panel, gold leaf
This painting is comes to me as an abstracted Mecha coming alive for the first time.
Medium: Oil on panel
I have this thing for abstracting skulls, it's a reference to the fact that our bones supports a bio machine that runs a spirit. The abstracted shapes and colors are the live with in the scaffolding of the bio machine.
Medium: oil on wood, gold leaf.
Here is one of the first pieces I painted this year. It's had 3 shows this year. 2 in Seattle and one in Portland. It has one more show before the year is over. You can see the earlier stages of this painting in an earlier blog. It was originally two paintings that I painted over and bolted together.