I've been working on four larger still lifes (16x20) and a large studio landscape (60x50.) It would probably have been more prudent had I finished one thought before beginning another but after seeing Michael Van Zeyl demonstrate several different block-in methods I just had to try them all, at once it seems. Today I'm showing two in progress. The first is almost finished. The one with the horse should be done but I'm faulting the canvas. Normally I paint on Claussens #13 double oil primed linen which I love. The paint flows off the brush with a nice light touch and lays where and how you want it too. The piece with the red horse is on cotton duck. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!! I felt like I was painting on blacktop. Like a stubborn child I fought with it all day. I think with the effort I spent trying to make this canvas respond the way I expect from Claussens, I could have nearly finished the painting.
on another topic,
The ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, MI was a wonderful and fun experience. Apparently 17,000 artists entered with 1100 acceptances. The art and styles and how art is defined varied greatly from tradition figure paintings, landscapes, photography, sculpture etc to very funky - bike converted into a port -0-potty. All attendees can vote on their favorite piece. The openings were very well attended. I stood near my painting for five hours constantly meeting and greeting people. I would definitely like to be part of this exhibition again.