more art 4 u, a holiday group show at Mua in Oakland, up through January. This one’s a small gouache painting, Joe’s Cat.
When I bought my sloth I had no idea it would be so customly packaged. You all need to get your sloth on too. http://othergoose.bigcartel.com/
I took a photo of the painting, because I’m pretty sure I’ll wreck it before it’s done.
OK here is round 2, not completely messed up yet, still a chance!
Round 2 where everything gets muddy and awkward and second guessing. Yay!
So many thoughts flying around while painting so I jot them down
OK what I can decipher from this part of the list
1. “Michael Alfe” was a reference to the fact even though really smart people use and recommend something, doesn’t mean that you should too. 30 years later I realize that Stand Oil was great for his painting, but totally inappropriate for what I was doing. duh, I’m slow.
2.” foto realism”. I like to paint from photos or random scans of things. I don’t project or trace them—something in the process excites me.
3. “lines and edges”. Most of us when painting or drawing will draw a line around stuff. Those lines don’t really exist in nature were everything blurs and reflects. I always try not to, but still I get false lines and edges.
4. I have no freaking idea what Shern Oil ban refers to.
It smells better than it looks (details)
After a long break I’m making art and painting in oil again. The smell is soooo good. To make it even easier I’m going to paint whatever I feel like, starting with Laine and gummy sharks. So there. Makes me miss smoking though.
Its weird how natural it feels. I like to start with semi-rough gesso’d canvas and muscle on the first layer of paint with a too small brush. Looks like I used it a leeetle too enthusiastically. Sad brush and canvas full of tiny hairs hahaha.
Just finished the last coats of gesso—many profound thoughts going through my head, like the theme song for Beverley Hillbillies and how I loved that they called the pool a cee-ment pond. These paintings are going to be deep, man.
Here is one of the paintings I was commissioned TWICE! to paint, David’s Oath of the Horatii 6′ x 8′.
Someday I will paint it again, only something like this:
In them olden days, didn’t have websites, but some really nice printed catalogs. I only had 2 pieces in this show but someone bought this one. Also Kenneth Baker reviewed it and said something like “Leslie Straw’s work does the same with a lot less effort”. I remember my cousin thought it was an insult, but I told her I thought it was a good thing.
This is a series of small paintings (about 3″ x 4″) in gouache, 4 up on 11″ x 17″ pieces of paper. The images are mostly from facebook, twitter, etc. I stole the gouache from chef Phil. I usually use oil or graphite. This is what gives them the demented paint by numbers look, which I think at least works for the chicken.