Monday, November 3, 2008

Pondering the Rose Garden (oil sketch)

16"x20" oil on canvas mounted on professional artboard (Raymar)

"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."
- Anais Nin

Today's painting is "Pondering the Rose Garden (oil sketch)". Didn't get too far on this. I lay in a turpsy wash & begin to draw the figure freehand with brush & paint, continuing to measure, wipe out, correct, re-draw, re-measure, wipe off, paint in a small mass here & there. When happy enough with the figure, I'll loosely indicate the darks of the landscape & any significant 'landmarks' and proceed to block in 'in mass' from that point. But I take the time to get happy with the drawing of the figure before I proceed. There is much give & take in the next many steps.

*******I spent a good bit of the morning sifting through a Chinese website (though written in English!) selling what they claim to be "originals". When in fact they had stolen thousands of images from our Daily Painters website. These were mixed in between images of Monet, Renoir, Rembrandt, yes, all the classic masters. Yes, a few of these were my own. This company then would make 'paintings' in any size requested of these stolen images for a price. Well.....short-story version: Among our group of Daily Painters, we began sifting through the literally tens of thousands of images on this site tracking down our works....we've managed to get the site shut down! But as one of our members commented (who had dealt with copy-right infringment before) another company like this will pop up like "mushrooms after rain". We at wish to inform our collectors of this problem and that we take much effort to protect our works and prevent copy-right abuses such as this. Our thanks go out to all our collectors and friends for buying original art either directly from the artist or his representative gallery(ies)....whether they be on-line galleries or brick and mortar galleries. Now that that is behind us, I hope to get back to some serious painting!

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