About the art: beginning with an old painting covered in white gesso, a notanized photograph and the images of heavily sculpted paintings in my mind, thickly sketching the darks of a face in colored pencil and then adding thin layers of oil paint mixed with liquin. Using only palette knife, rubber wedge and fingers, adding thicker layers and stepping WAY back between them. Does this look like a face from 10 feet away? Yup. Ok, keep going. Resisting the urge to overly define. Resisting the urge to add colors other than my pre-selected limited palette. Letting the highlights speak. Letting the darks anchor. Walking away with a smile.
About the art: beginning (as I am in 2023) with an old painting which has been gesso'd over. In this case, the painting was also cut in half. Jumping off from a hike-inspired photo and beginning to build the layers with thin washes of oil added with a rubber wedge and draaaaaagggged hither and yon. Adding layers of thicker paint and paint mixed with cold wax with a palette knife. Dragging the paint into vertical cliffs with a rubber wedge. Carving back into the layers of paint with oil pencils and a scribbly hand. Walking away as a new Lola.
About the art: beginning with a thickly gesso'd layer over an old painting on 300 lb arches watercolor paper. Laying in wet horizontal lines of oil paint with a rubber wedge and dragging downward and at angles, creating a rough structure of "cliff and rock" inspired by hiking photographs. Varying many neutrals, creating mud and then bringing it back to color with some brighter paint and a palette knife. Carving back into the layers with chopsticks and flat blades. Allowing paint thinner to run along some portions to create texture. The requisite 80 million layers exist in this large piece, which is, by far, my new favorite.
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