July 30, 2019
Right after I started on this, I got sick. And I don't mean just a little sick, I mean hospital, blood tests every 3 days, and six miserable weeks of being sick. That was not the summer I'd planned on!
I feel grateful to be back in the studio and tackling this painting again. It's a lobster pound in Kittery, Maine. I feel like I have the essentials down, but need to work out how the many elements of the painting support (or fight) each other.
May 14, 2019
I was in Paris, the trip was too short to sketch or paint more than one quickie on-site. I came home with images to paint from and started this large oil sketch on illustration board this week. I started with a blue underpainting and I'm very slowly building from there.
April 26, 2019
|Starry Night in Hardware by David Goldberg|
|conception of what the finished work will look like installed|
The creator of the "Starry Night" mural in Bethesda, David
Goldberg, used hardware from his family's business to create Van Gogh's swirling painting. He was commissioned to create this new work and asked me to work on it with him. Unlike "Starry Night," this work will have a lot of paint showing!
I have been posting to my instagram (not surprisingly, its judygilbertlevey) in a story with every step of the way.
The project is being done on 2 panels which make up an 8' x 7' PVC surface. PVC is not easy to paint on!
I've used a primer to set the work up for acrylic paint and it seems ok. I wouldn't go as far as great, but it's working, just taking longer than I expected.
We've done many, many different layouts of the hardware, and adjusted the paint accordingly.
Today I think we may have settled on the finished hardware layout and tomorrow, if all goes well, the panels will be put back together so I can adjust.
|This is what the hardware layout looks like|
|this panel is "done"|
March 20, 2019
I'm pretty new to gouache painting and was using the gouache that's based in gum arabic. I'd be warned that, like watercolor, the paint would lift as additional layers were applied. I definitely experienced that, particularly when I was painting the trees and trying to deepen the green where it was in shade and almost silhouetted against the bright sky. I'm going to try "acryla" gouache in the future, as that's got a different base and performs (apparently) more like acrylic paint and doesn't lift once it's dry.
February 28, 2019
February 22, 2019
February 13, 2019
|work in progress|
The study was done in oil paint on multimedia artboard, which is a resin and paper product that doesn't absorb paint. Working now on canvas, I'm struck by how much more building is required to get a depth of paint and color.
That said, I like the study's narrower range of values -- having been tempted to have greater contrast, I can see now that the next thing I have to do is reduce the contrast and get back to the balance of values that I liked in the study.
The mountains in the study are in purples and blues. I'd started out the painting with those colors, repainted in a range of greens... and now I think I want the purples and blues back. Stay tuned.
January 25, 2019
I am taking a week off soon and I'll be letting this sit in this state for now. When I come back, maybe it will be clear to me how to resolve this.