The Way I See It

The Suite Sixties: Side by Side

I wanted to post these paintings in a horizontal banner to show how they relate to one another–how the designs are related and yet completely different. The Suite Sixties–side by side.

1965, 1966, 1967; acrylic gouache on paper; image size 32 x 32 inches.

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Finished!

The final painting in The Sixties series is finished! Here is 1965.

1965; acrylic gouache on paper, 32 x 32 inches, 2018.

You may see all three (1965, 1966 and 1967) in my portfolio.

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The Sixties Series–1965

A sneak peek at the third (and quite possibly the final) large painting in The Sixties series. The painting is 32″ x 32″ on Stonehenge paper.  The colors are intense and vibrating red/orange and purple/blue. It’s quite difficult to get a true color reading on the camera’s sensor when photographing the painting because these colors are so vibrant and they really do vibrate. They did, however, show up very true in these small color chips I made while mixing the colors.

This first image is of the completed orange-red layer.

I am currently painting in all the detail on the orange after completely filling in the white areas with the purple-blue color. If all goes as planned there is probably another 7 or 8 hours until completion.

These are the small color studies I made of The Sixties series paintings. It’s always a good idea to see how the colors work “small scale” prior to painting them in such a large format. I have found it is easier to tweak colors at this stage prior to beginning a 40-hour painting only to discover the colors don’t work.

You can view the other two completed paintings (1966 and 1967) from this series here and then there’s an earlier blog post about my Sixties series of paintings and prints here.

 

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Trying to Stay Centered

This has been a nerve-racking experience for sure! Have you ever attempted hand-painting (pristine B&W line) prints with watercolors? One tiny drip or blob on the pure white border and it’s ruined. Yikes! I almost needed to hold my breath while painting these three prints and was constantly talking to myself to stay calm and centered on the task. I’ve 2 more to go for a variable edition of 5 and I sure do hope I can complete 5 without a mistake or a heart attack. If not, it will be a variable edition of 4 (or 3).  I think I need a drink–it’s been all kinds of stressful for me today.

This is my starting point–the prints began as simply a one-color (black) laser-cut linocut on Rives BFK. (Printed at Santo Press by Brent Bond.)

 

And three (of five?) I’ve painted thus far.

Feather Flower #1; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

 

Feather Flower #2; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

 

Feather Flower #3; 2017, variable edition with hand-painting, laser-cut linoleum relief print, 15″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper 23″ x 22.5″.  Printed at Santo Press.

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