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Saturday, November 7, 2009


the show in tremont this fall  led to a commission work.  the buyer is interested in a large work.  i started with some sketches, the first sketch was done this summer while sitting on the beach on Lake Erie.  i didn't choose the sketch for the commission piece but i plan to use the sketch in for a painting in the future.  i settled on the sketches done at a local park in here in geauga county.  i toned the canvas in purples, usually i tone in reds.  i thought this might lend an interesting effect.  i sketched the basic shapes in reds.  colors were then added in a broad, general way.  next week i'll work into the paintings further, softening the brushwork. 

the funny thing is, i don't intend to sell the buyer this painting; i don't think it's going in the direction she would like (weird how a painting assumes its' own identity)  i have another one started, which i'll post soon, that i think will suit her tastes.  right now its a poor sketch on canvas, i got so involved in this diptych that my art energy went solely into it, neglecting the other. often i work on two things or more simultaneously, in this case, the energy went where it needed to go!


  1. I also find that paintings assume their own identities; I think they sometimes demand our attention, too. That's probably a good thing.

    Your paintings always lift my spirit--thanks.

  2. It's good to know that you experience the same thing w/paintings and identities. I think its part of a deeper process within the artist. It is a rewarding experience, but also frustrating--they do demand our attention and it is a good thing--except when you can't get to the easel and you want to and so the painting sits in/on your brain until you make it back to the easel. a good thing, yes, I think problems in the painting are solved in our artist mind while away from the painting.