Thursday, May 24, 2018

A return to gessoed canvas...

Over the last few months, I have done a few painting projects on primed canvas. Jack Johnson, from Galveston Texas, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion caught my interest recently, as he was way ahead of his time as a person of color in the early 1900's...



  I also took the opportunity to explore some textural effects, using standard acrylic gels (on raw canvas, I favour honey-like self-leveling gels)...


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

At the end of the roll!

About 10 years ago, I bought a 40 yard roll of canvas characterized by a 50/50 blend of cotton and linen. At the time the manufacturer had ceased production of this kind of canvas. Painting on raw canvas, I have avoided painting the whole canvas with my more recent works, realizing the beauty of the untouched surface...



This last work ("Yoiking a reindeer") is a homage to Maxida Märak, Sami singer and activist. The week before, I had accepted the challenge of painting Guipago, a Kiowa chief who was involved in the Adobe Walls battle in Texas along with Quanah Parker (left side) in the late 1800's. I called it "Texas monuments - buffalos and battles"


These last paintings evoke the importance of the land as an integral part of culture and as a vector of human survival.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A last post-vacation painting!

This last painting depicts my last impression of Cambodia...



... and provides another opportunity to test ground on more conventional subjects and rendition.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Web site update...

 Recent painting update in my web site (click the image):


http://www.rongravel.com/portfolio/recent/

Friday, January 26, 2018

A wrestling match with acrylic inks on a bed sheet : "Khmer underworld"...

In the latter part of this week, I made a second attempt at acrylic inks using a bed sheet as support...




May be I should go to to Fabricville to get some more bed sheet fabric! ;-)

Friday, January 19, 2018

A break from my usual painting... varnishing a couple of apsara paintings...

Since my return from my three-week trip in Vietnam and Cambodia, I've spent of few weeks focusing on apsara dancers from Angkor Wat...makes me think of Rodin who had been mesmerized by Kmer dancers when they showed up in France circa1906 in the context of colonial exhibitions. I varnished a few works as an experiment...


I feel the need to do more traditional stuff from time to time, but part of me wants to go back to more visceral stuff...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Close to 3 weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia...

The period from late November to mid December was spent on a cruise ship on the Mekong river and visiting key cities in Vietnam and cambodia. The Buddhist imagery in Cambodia especially agreed with me, Here in front of the Bayon temple in Angkor Thom...


There will be an impact on my art definitely...