Friday, May 30, 2014

"Rise" 36x36, Oil on Canvas




"Rise" 36x36, Oil on Canvas


So glad to say that I am slowly getting these bigger pieces done. I just finished this one today on the resurrection of Christ. I wanted to show it as if the stone was getting rolled away and all this
light and life was flooding the sky.

Although this is a high chroma piece I did mix for the neutrals in the darks and ended out using only ONE red which was Alizarin Crimson.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"John 1" 36x36, Oil on Canvas

"John 1" 36x36, Oil on Canvas


I have so much to share but I'll try to put that in another blog post in the future. Needless to say I learned so much at the workshop I attended with Mitchell Albala. I learned more about neutrals and the importance of having a high key "zinger" or (brighter color) that is supported by the neutrals. It's like a light bulb went off in my mind.

In my 12x12 study of this piece I believe I got at the "feeling" I was after which was one of mystery (the unknown). I didn't feel like I got at the visual punch I was after. In this one I think I came nearer to it through the help of using shades of grey supported by the same color yellow throughout (even in the light) and in the valley. For me, the purpose of the painting was to show that Jesus came to make the world new, refreshed, reborn. Rain helps to try to visualize that but I think green does that too.

My painting feels energized in a way it hasn't been before. I'm so grateful!

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Golgotha" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord

"Golgotha" 12x12, Oil on Gessobord


I think the image is a little too grainy. I'll try a better one once it dries. 

As I've been working through John I wanted to paint something on the crucifixion without showing a cross. Just the sky telling the story of what He did. I tried to get at it with this storm on the mountain. It seems to me that mountains are used a great deal in scripture as where God spoke (Moses, Elijah, Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration). I wanted to show how the sky was going dark and there was this great grief and judgment being poured out at the same time.

I'm wanting so much to just touch on the emotion in the moments of scripture. It's a struggle to truly get at something like this but I find myself longing to get back to painting and keep at it.