My art blog... what's on my easel.... what going on in my weekly workshops with my mentor Heleni Shamai .... daily painting... sketches... digital stuff and photography...challenges ... the whole works....
This month started out good.... had really good intentions to continue the momentum of the 30 in 30 challenge of January but sometimes things don't work out the way we plan. Not to go into details but I got some mysterious infection.... and was quite ill for about three weeks....even missed one of my workshops along with my weekly visits to Jerusalem... I am starting to get back to myself so I hope to continue daily/almost daily paintings. I did however finish two paintings at my workshop.
I like to experiment and recently fell in love with this hard grey cardboard format. Its a medium grey about 1/8" thick... I used this for many of the paintings I did in January but on a coat of gesso... These paintings are straight on the cardboard using a rather diluted oil paint. see family portrait from January. The oils of the paint are quickly absorbed so they have a more dry surface. One has to be careful not to scrub the paper surface so it won't peal.
Both images were done using old family photographs taken between the years 1936- 1940... The first is a beach scene... my mother... used a very limited palette and slowly worked up the layers. Made use of charcoal sketching as well.