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cosmic hand

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A John Buscema panel from Thor #200 (Marvel Comics, 1972) inspired this painting. Measuring roughly 2 feet wide by 3 feet high, it comes on unframed canvas. The canvas comes from Fredrix, intended for use as a floor mat. It didn’t make sense to us how a loose piece of canvas on the floor would become a floor mat, so we nailed it to the wall for a couple weeks to paint on it.

 
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Unlike the small pastel study from last year of this same panel, it wears a metal bracelet, hinting at the eye in a similar tribute to Jack Kirby. The detailed reflection lines on the metal became the focal point of the painting. Frankly, that results in a somewhat unbalanced piece, with the eyes drawn to such a low center point under the mass of the open hand. It may be worth coming back and adding another visual element to balance it out: a ring or rings on the fingers, or something held in the palm. It will decorate the kitchen wall until then!

 
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galactic banana

Sometimes it’s fun to paint silly things. Case in point, the galactic banana.

 
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We did the background last summer when we got some good training on basic color wash techniques. We enjoyed it so much that painting over it became nearly impossible. It suggested many grand epic things to us, most of which seemed to lie entirely outside our ability to execute. Do you ever have projects like that? Projects whose potential scope becomes overwhelming to the point where all progress stops? Maybe it’s time to stop being so serious about them, and just go bananas!

 
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Banana may not be a masterpiece, and it may never enjoy its own page in an art history book with a polysyllabic discussion about the conceptual meaning of it all. But, it made us smile, and sometimes that’s enough. Here are some close-ups to enjoy.

 
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Copper Woman

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Copper Woman
Acrylic paint & varnish on canvas
16 x 20 in.

A flash of light reveals the figure in Copper Woman, only partially emerged from the shadows. Acrylic paint, applied in thick layers with a palette knife, gives texture and form to her darkest side. A wash of white in her background suggests a rainstorm, in contrast to the warm copper glow reflected on her supple curves.

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Winter Woman

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Winter Woman
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.

Partially obscured by mists and fog, Winter Woman contemplates her season. Maroon suggests an inner warmth, the warmth of love and home or a comforting fire in the coldest months of the year. In her serene repose, Winter Woman expresses the season where life takes an inward focus.

Please see our photos for detailed close-ups of this original piece.

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Dream Journal Eight: Night at the Lake

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Dream Journal Eight: Night at the Lake
Acrylic paint, varnish, and mixed media collage on canvas
12 x 12 in. heavy duty frame, 1.5 in. deep.

Our Dream Journal series combines collage, print media, found objects, and acrylic paint to make deeply personal expressions.

Night at the Lake recalls a memory of a dream, a dream written on pages collaged into the layers of this piece. At night, you and your love swim in this lake. Silent fish drift by in the deep waters. The clouds part their fingers to reveal the full moon at its apex above the forest. The two of you tread water together, then dive.

Tiny metal beads adorn the surface of Night at the Lake, finished with several coats gloss varnish for durability and protection, resulting in a glass-like finish. The signature appears on the back of this original piece.

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face and hand studies

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This week we hit a technical snag involving hands and heads viewed at a tilt, rotation, or receding into the distance. The fourth time you repaint your subject’s hand on a canvas – from a photo reference, no less! – ought to be a clue you need to go back to basics. So, we pulled out our lessons file, the contents of which we will share with you over the next few days here. It includes several breakdowns of the process of drawing basic anatomy, with a comic books flavor.

We also got out some Jim Lee comics, notably X-Men #5, and studied how Jim lee renders the shapes and shadows of faces and hands. We did some extreme close-up studies of hands from the cover and a face from the interior, keeping in mind the underlying basics from our lessons. It may or may not have solved our painting problem, but it was a hell of a lot more fun, and we got a few rough drafts that may inspire larger, finished pieces.

Do you need to hear Jim Lee interviewed about the history of his artistic career? If you are an artist, you do!
From film-maker and author Kevin Smith’s web site ‘Fatman on Batman’:
Jim Lee Part 1 (the rise to power!)
Jim Lee Part 2 (focus on Batman and DC career)

 
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“Red Hand” acrylic painting; 16×20 canvas; holding vision in your hand

 
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Red Hand
acrylic on 16 x 20 in. canvas
signed, 2013

The palm of this red hand contains an eye. The texture suggests a stone carving, but the point of view suggests the viewer’s hand. The image of the eye in the hand appears in many cultures and art traditions. Some believe a charm like this protects the viewer from evil. To someone who works or creates with their hands, the image speaks to the power of their creative vision. Perhaps it can even see into our future, which we also hold in the palm of our hands.

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