A major disappointment to me was the cancellation of a workshop with Dan Thompson at the Institute. It was to be on the subject of painting the portrait from observation. I took an earlier portrait class with Dan Thompson and I wrote about it in this blog. (here) So instead of advancing my practice of portraiture, I was dealing with a broken furnace that week. It was a cold week, too. I may have mentioned being too cold to sit very long in my computer room. Lots of stuff got wait-listed that week, a fact whose relevance is hinted at below. (Ending a sentence with two prepositions! Exciting times!)
Our weather has shown dramatic improvement lately. For instance, I haven’t been wearing a coat. What have I been doing with my time? Not painting. Paperwork. Meetings. Reports. Nothing you would want to hear about assuming I were free to tell. I found only two recent paintings that you have not yet seen, and one of them I never intended anyone to see. I dislike it for being too dark and sultry. But in my desperation I have reconsidered, and hope it looks no worse than work that I have seen better artists display proudly. To some, dark and sultry is a virtue.
No, it’s no good. I still don’t like it. Ironically, this is the same model whose face I tormented in the Dan Thompson workshop mentioned above.
My other painting I like quite a lot, just not sure why. It’s accurate, it has good lights and darks I think, proportions good, skin tones good, composition good, etc. But what’s it about? Can I show it? What the heck do I title it? As you can see, for now the title refers to the light source.
The painterly quality may be what I like most about this painting.
The overhead light source is thanks to Jack, our newest member. Jack retired from a career as a filmmaker and photographer, so he has some great equipment that he shares with us. If I recall correctly, the overhead light is composed of 400 watts of illumination, covered by a diffuser so it doesn’t blind the artists
Well, tomorrow is another day, isn’t it? Scarlett was right. But literally, tomorrow is Tuesday, another life group day, and I might, I just might do something worthwhile. It keeps me going back.
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Hatfield Gallery and the East Colony Fine Art Gallery in Manchester (both are in Langer Place, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester, NH); at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Bartlett Inn and Bernerhof Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; at the law offices of Mesmer and Deleault at 41 Brook St in Manchester; at the Manchester office of Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter; and at her studio by appointment (email: email@example.com).
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