Thursday, June 4, 2009

Karate Student at Night (work in progress)
























June 14 update: On left, the most recent version.



This is an oil painting on 36"x48" canvas. It's another Green Street night scene, this time of a student at the karate school, that I am painting from I photograph I took while on the same walk that resulted in the painting, Discord on Green Street.

There were two students and a teacher in the studio. The students were blindfolded and doing moves that their teacher called out. This is a painting of one of the students, just gathering himself to move.

10 comments:

  1. I like the chairs against the door. Nice detail.

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  2. Thanks, Margaret. I painted some more on this, and have replaced the photo with the latest version. It still feels like a work in progress, but I need a break from it.

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  3. You're ahead of me -- I'm still thinking about a title for the afternoon with the faun.

    Question: What is it that draws you to a subject?

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  4. I like tht chair against the door too, as well as the way you can feel the tension in the figure.

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  5. Thank you, Katherine. I've taken the painting off the easel and leaned it against the wall, where I can see it but don't feel compelled to paint on it. Some contemplation without a brush in my hand is in order.

    AH, keep thinking. I am, too, but meanwhile I'm just happy that the painting of girl and faun got better.

    I think right now what's drawing me to a subject is my perception that attempting to paint it will challenge my set of developing skills, and in the best case ultimately increase my skills rather than make me walk away in frustration. Outside of that consideration, why this door and not another? I saw it and it captured my imagination. Since a great many things capture my imagination, I have many more ideas for paintings than paintings. I still especially love to paint people.

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  6. I like the way you compose your street scenes where you create windows to view the characters from. I also like how you keep your human subjects as focal point but at a smaller scale. It adds intrigue

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  7. Thanks, PA. I have some ideas for this painting developing, and meanwhile, I've got a couple of others barely started, each challenging for different reasons.

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  8. I love the way the this looks. awsome job!

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