This is a kind of journey from one frame of mind to another and the colors and moods that led me. I describe three paintings and their process.
"Anticipation" 36x24 oil on canvas, dated September 1998, from my "Passion Series" * was actually a breakthrough for me. I had been painting my "Victorian series" for months and spent hours modulating the colors. I paint a lot from photos. My goal with the "Victorian Series" was to put as many colors into the skin tone as I could. When you look at a photo or a long enough life, many colors begin to show themselves that normally go unnoticed. When I modulated many colors, I became frustrated and bored after completing 10 or so of them. I had a canvas that I had painted a dark blue and decided that it might be OK to just play ..... and not modulate at all. I found a picture that I liked, studied the colors, filled my brush with a new one for each stroke and applied them to my canvas. I have not modulated to the extent that I was then. I continued to paint with this color palette with the name of the series "Passion Series". I still tried to match all the colors in the rainbow on my palette as I do to this day and add little shades wherever I can. I would also add here that the series before "The Passion Series" was "Hawaiian Legacy" made mostly in sepia, tones.
Another example of going forward is "Girl On Phthalo Green" 36x48 oil on canvas, dated October 2000 and from my "Cosmopolitan Series" * I got tired of the palette of blues and fell in love with phthalo green for a time. I guess I still love it. This painting was strongly influenced by Modgliani. When I went to high school many years ago, my mother asked me to copy a Modigliani for her house. I painted a 60x72 piece for her in coral. I never forgot that painting or Modigliani. When I feel really, paintings are inspired quickly and the brush strokes are made wild. I am in heaven during these times. I painted this in maybe 3 hours over another painting I did not like.
"The Power Within Me" 48x36 oil and gold lining on canvas dated August 2002 is part of my "African series" * This painting is part of my "African series". I used phthalo crown with my beloved full palette in this series. I also painted this quickly. It almost feels like a fever, it just runs. I attribute it to doing my homework, so to speak. All these years of modulation and painting in sepiatones, my constant drawing in graphite gives me an understanding base. I put down colors as I know them, almost in a dance and it is certainly trance like. I use a lot of paint and use big brushes. I work from dark to light. I save light and small brushes until I'm pretty sure I'm happy with the painting in general. It is always tempting to use small brushes and add a highlight, but I remind myself that it would probably ruin the painting and make it look dull. Sometimes they don't work, but I just think "So what!" I can always paint over it, it's the gift of making oils. I think there is sometimes more freedom in oils than in drawing and clearly watercolors. Large canvas painting & # 39; is also very free. When I paint a little, I get locked back and forth where I started when I modulated colors. When we pull on paper we try to say that it is & # 39; just paper & # 39; to try to free us from worry about the end results, but oils will be a better friend to me.
In all my paintings, emotions play the strongest role. This is the part that takes the longest. If something must be right, it is the emotions that the image feels, so that they can breathe. Sometimes I can't get that part and it's so frustrating to me that I can't sleep at night. That will be the only thing I think of. I choose to paint mostly women because I am one and because I think they are beautiful.
* Where can I find the pictures of the paintings on my website:
"Passion Series" published on my site # 1
"Cosmopolitan Series" published on my site # 1
"African Series" published on my site # 4