Thursday, October 20, 2005

some recent paintings

here's a quick upload of snapshots of some of my oil sketches (a topic discussed in a couple of earlier blog entries).

In future, I expect to improve the quality of documenting & showing paintings.

But for the moment,

for those curious to see some more of what I've been doing with oilpaints,

this swift cellphone-camera sampling gives an idea of it.

In the latest painting group session, rather than painting, I spent the whole time affixing wires to canvases (and then finally hanging the paintings) -- a process that's nice to do, but rather time-consuming (the affixing-wires part, I mean). From the 21 canvases I'd (way-overly-ambitiously) selected earlier with an idea of displaying them all, I only managed to get wires on some 6-8 or so (these photos show most of them; there are a couple other wired-ones unsnapped at moment).

A bird in the hand -- or a digital image uploaded as opposed to merely hypothesized about -- is worth something, in the bramble-whir of these days. Apolgies for the poor (auto) focus above. Bear with me, friends. More in future.


Blogger The Wizard of Odd said...

21!! was ambitious, yes. But why not.

Something about your compositions... more on this while I stare, midst benin papers on human rights.... sense of colour and fluidity of layered lines...

I think I will quote rumi to you in a bit. For now, get a better cam. I mean it. Hmpf.


Thu Oct 20, 05:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

will be curious what Rumi may be quoted apropos this/these --
I do have better camera, must admit. Probably on weekend (which is when there's the open studio), I'll attempt some "more serious snapshots).

Since I do one painting each week (except if I miss the session), 21 paintings means work from 21 weeks (or longer); I hauled a similar number (maybe it was 18) of paintings home (as being already old hat, or not up to snuff); so the 21 was merely things I thought to show. But overkill in terms of the space too; it's anyway a group show. But there's this unusued hallway (the start of which is where the paintings here seen, are seen); -- so my notion was to fill the hallway wall. But gotta pick up & install this track lighting thing . . . I don't know, life requires work, doesn't it?

thanks anyway for the articulately sketchy nascence of comment.
I do like (even discounting the focus [and to a degree, exposure] imperfections) -- how well the colors [and painterliness] come across via digital-photo & web-showing. It bodes well for developing this as a likeable way per se of "broadcasting" painting: not as means-to-end (of sales and retiring famous or something) but as end in itself (communication of an experience in the imagination of paint-on-surface).


Thu Oct 20, 06:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ~River~ said...

Perhaps the blurring effect of a bad camera can add to the quality of the paintings--help to create new meanings and associations?

The fourth one from the top...the reclining woman in profile...I love the colurs of that one. Very soothing, lazy browns.

Fri Oct 21, 04:16:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Grazie River--
neat adjective: lazy browns.
[If I didn't take space to complain & make excuses for my poor-quality-photos, I wonder what narrative would be there instead?]
There's something to be said for lo-tech hi-tech, true. (But in future I'll try for other ends of the scale as well.) I've not really looked into issues of file-size vis-a-vis Blogger, but imagine if there's some problem, it should become evident.

Burnt sienna is perhaps predominant in the lazy brown (though brown too results from various mixtures); I tend to use fairly few colors, and just mix 'em a lot. I also sometimes favor Naples Yellow (despite its lead basis; inshallah, I'll elude the Van Gogh syndrome). Then, a white, some blue, some red (and/or perhaps some orangish red, tho can achieve that w/ the Naples) -- from those I can get whatever colors I want, generally.

The presence of a (sometimes a bit thick) undercoat layer may be evident in some. Also note the one where I pained on the "back" of the stretched canvas (and also on the wooden frame on that backside); the other side of the canvas also has a painting! (not seen here)

Fri Oct 21, 04:35:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ~River~ said...

I love burnt sienna.

Sat Oct 22, 06:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

me too --
I like the paint,
and also the name!

hmm, if I were to launch a new blog just for paintings, could call it "burnt sienna" --(tho then it might impel me to use more of that color);
as words (perhaps in poetry), the specifics of paint-names do seem appealing.

Sat Oct 22, 06:10:00 AM PDT  

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