Moving along…

Thank you, FedEx guy — I’m now in possession of the painting materials for UNLIKELY DANCE – six large Premier Studio canvases and a box full of paints and varnish, from Blick Studio! Now I just have to choose and buy a camera, and I’m set to get started. Very exciting! I was hoping to start shooting dancers (photographically, I mean) this last Saturday at the Binghamton Contra Dance, but have been sick all weekend.

Bungalow Tour
Bungalow Tour
Girl in a Tutu
Girl in a Tutu
Day at Bretton Woods
Day at Bretton Woods

In the meantime, I’ve helped hang a small downtown Binghamton storefront exhibit with three other artists — we’re all members of the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, but this little show is independent of FASST. Many thanks to Rich Nolan for pulling it all together, and Mary Robertson for including me. The fourth in the group is Richard Henry. Will try to get a photo to include here — please stop back to see. It’s at 97 Court St., a great location, next door to the new nightclub, Loft at 99, right off the new downtown roundabout. My body of work is stretched a little thin right now, so the pieces I’m showing are older work — “Bungalow Tour,” “Girl in a Tutu,” and “Day at Bretton Woods”. (For more information on these pieces, see their listings in my online shop, GreenBoat Gallery.)

97 Court St. exhibit
97 Court St. exhibit – photo courtesy Richard Nolan

I was planning to include a small new still life titled “Flowered Kettle,” but after I’d started framing it, decided it wasn’t quite finished after all. But what was wrong? Seeking answers, I dug back into a book called “The Simple Secret to Better Painting,” and decided to do a value-level analysis on the reference photo (I’d started the painting from life, then photographed the set-up for further work). The author recommends doing value-level sketches before starting a painting, but I think it’s a good diagnostic tool as well. Opening the reference photo image file in Photoshop, first I cropped it to match what I’d done in the painting (noting a linear flourish, bottom right, that seems to have been a mistake), then converted it to a greyscale, and ran it through the Cutout filter with 3 value levels. Then I ran the filter on the original greyscale at 5 levels. And now I see what I need to do: level out the bottom edge of the tablecloth, for compositional stability, and better delineate the value levels in the reds of the tablecloth and bottom book. I’m also wondering if I need to add another element to the right side of the painting, but first I’ll do the value and line work, and see how it shapes up. This is the third rework of that tablecloth, but it’s gotten better each time so I have hope. Moving along…

Flowered Kettle - not finished after all
Flowered Kettle – 12 x 16 in. – not finished after all
Flowered Kettle value analysis - 3 levels
Flowered Kettle – value analysis of reference photo, at 3 value levels
Flowered Kettle - 5 value levels
Flowered Kettle – value analysis of reference photo, at 5 value levels
See this painting finished, here

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