Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This is not a Velasquez - final.... Velasquez must be turning in his grave!

I finished this one in 30 minute spurts as the weekend was rather busy with a wedding and taking care of two of our grand children...

 With this one, I was trying to explore a painting language for a "dream like/immaterial" rendition. It's a piggy-back on the previous painting, but the subject is evidently quite conservative... and not one of my usual abstracted close-ups... but I had to get this one out of my system! Nonetheless, it does fit in my "smoke and mirrors" series... especially the "smart ass" title!

This definitely requires further exploration on my part... but, in the end, my paintings are heading in the direction of being a "mixed bag" of tricks!

Note: Second photo with a flash...

Note to self: "I'm starting to have a broad painting vocabulary... question is... can I say something?... do I have something to say?!"

2 comments:

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen - Dennis Magnusen said...

Painted with such ease.. absolutely beautiful.

Ron Gravel said...

Thanks for your comment Kathy! RE the ease... I worry about it... is it real art if I use more plastic than paint and 3 layers of semi transparent colors flat! In a way, I don't worry too much about it, being contented with creating a certain imagery for now...