Thursday, August 20, 2009

New work at the studio

I've been working with oils for about a year now and I think I'm finally beginning to get comfortable with the medium. I love the buttery texture and the way you can mix and blend colors. I also have no idea where these new pieces came from but all of a sudden, I'm simplifying my composition to a central figure, surrounded by color and light. I like them a lot and I'm curious as to how others might see them.

Boring? Interesting? Intriguing? Minimal? Mysterious? Anybody?




6 comments:

Zoomie said...

I like the colors, the simplifying of the figures, the offset placement of the figures. I find them intriguing, especially the floating boat and the off-center boy with hand in pocket, but the others are cool, too. I have yet to meet a painter who doesn't love oils for their color and texture.

namastenancy said...

The one that I like the least is the second from the bottom - the guy in the hard hat. I have been working on a sporadic series of paintings from photos that I took at a working class diner and getting the faces right has been a total B*(&*%. Of course, the reflection from the camera flash throws the values off but I just don't think the piece works.
I think it's going to morph into another boat.

Zoomie said...

I like the subject so just throw away the photo now and paint what you remember about the colors and the attitude of the sitter. You can do better than a washed-out photo - trust Nancy!

Maggie said...

I just found you listed on Ronnie's page. Nice stuff. And too, I love the Rivers as well as that simply marvelous quilt.

Reading on.......

kloeamongtheturks said...

Beautiful work Nancy. I like that they are morphing as you go, shows real work.
Maybe hardhat guy isn't working because you're still giving too much information?
Also, don't forget black, you can add it at the end for a bit of punch...
take care!
K

namastenancy said...

Good points! Thank you! How is the trade show going? School started this week and I thought of you as I (along with every other student in California) went from place to place, looking for an open class. I was lucky -I'm a post-grad with a degree in history so my former history teacher "took" me into a seminar on Roman History. I get to chose my own topic which will probably be something to do with Roman women but a lot of other students - and part-time instructors - aren't so lucky.