Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010


16x9 trial Mini 2

16x9 trial Mini

This image is a try out for my next series of paintings – the 16:9 series. The top version has been processed with a bitmap tracer, which converted the image into a vector image. Currently I am trying to work out the technical process and type of images that I want, that will carry me through the whole series of 10 paintings.  The bottom image is actually a lot darker in it’s painted form, and only 80x45cm in size - the final painting will be 160x90cm.

I quite like the effect, of both versions, but am wondering, if I should blow up a vector version to full size in outline mode,  transfer the image onto the canvas, and then colour it in. Each 160x90cm painting will be based on the smaller sketchy try out version (study), so there will be 20 paintings in all, based on 10 images. Another option, but more expensive would be to have the images printed as vector images onto canvas or paper.

Whichever way I produce the series, it will be a significant break away from my NASA series.


From go to woe – NASA 19 – from the first sketch, to the time just before dawn – the last woe, just before the work is finished.


NASA 19 A   NASA 19 C NASA 19 D NASA 19 ENASA 19 F  NASA 19 G NASA 19 H

NASA 19 – I Dream of NASA – 2010 – Almost finished.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


NASA 18 - NASA Sings Requim for the Rockets 800

NASA 18 – NASA Sings, Requiem for the Rockets.

October rains

  October Rains – a bit of flooding at the back of my property.

Studio Oct 10 1

Studio work on first 16:9 painting and finishing NASA 18.

Studio Oct 10 2

Black gesso on small and large 16:9 paintings.

Studio Oct 10 3

The last 3 NASA paintings.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Well, it’s time to face NASA 18, again. It’s at the difficult stage, and has been like that for a few weeks. I  have barely looked at the work, because it has annoyed me so much – but that’s not entirely unusual, because most paintings go through that stage. But, it’s inevitable, that someday soon, I will rise up and discover the energy again – the energy that was the spark, that began the work – and therefore complete the painting.

So here is NASA 18, in a frustrating and incomplete stage – I see so many problems, that I don’t know where to begin to fix.

Unfinished NASA 18 

One problem, that I have had during this work, was that I began to run out of Atelier’s Carbon Black, and found it hard, to track another jar down. Because it is a series, the black has to look the same, in every painting. Also, over the course of 17 paintings, the black had been watered down a bit, which altered my technique – it’s so easy to loose your painting MOJO between paintings. Another problem, is getting the right brush - I hammer the brushes so much, via the scratching and scrubbing technique, that the brush has got to be just right. It can’t be too long and new, because it delivers too much paint or it can’t be too short, because it alters the look of the line too much. Generally, a very cheap brush, with short stiff bristles is just right – especially with a fair amount of rough and uneven wear.

Besides the brush and black issues, there are some composition and figure problems to sort out. Normally, I sit down, and work out what annoys me, and then change those things first. After, the annoying things are fixed, I try to find a way to bring it all back to life, without destroying it again.

Oh well, give myself a few days and I might be back on the road again, to a full recovery.

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