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.
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.
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.
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.