This weekend I painted a few new small (5" X 7") oil sketches. Here they are drying, propped up on the bar in our apartment.
Click images to enlarge.
Here are closer shots of each:
I painted this one during my son's little league game on Saturday in Prospect Park.
"Little League" 5" X 7" oil on panel
I really like the way this little sketch of an old pair of sneakers turned out. The photo doesn't quite capture the color, though...
"Chucks" 5" X 7" oil on canvas board
Painting a self portrait in a mirror is always sort of tricky, but doing it in miniature made it even harder. The only big mirror I have is in the bathroom, so I set up my little paint box on a tripod (as you can see), gave myself a time limit of one hour, and gave it a shot.
"Self Portrait in Bathroom Mirror" 5" X 7" oil on panel
I just started painting on my wife's iPad. It's a surprisingly good experience and allows you to paint in a way that's similar in many way to traditional media, including mixing "wet paint" on the canvas. Anyway, here's my first quick portrait, of the actress Paulette Goddard.
These are from 2001 - 2002. I haven't seen them in years, but was just going through an old bag and found a notebook with a bunch of pen and ink stuff.
The note in the top right, which is a bit cut off in this so-so scan, reads, "This drawing was very nice. Then I had a couple of beers and ruined it with 'Neutral Gray' ink. San Francisco 6/1/2001. Hotel Boheme."
From the handwriting, it looks like it may have been more than a couple of beers... The "neutral gray ink" refers to the wash I clumsily dumped over the sweater, face and hair. Oh well. Sometimes the most important thing is knowing when to stop. Lesson learned.
I drew this in front of a full size mirror in my hotel room. I was in San Francisco on a business trip that included remarkably little business, so I bought some art supplies and hung out at this little hotel in North Beach, practiced my pen and ink and just sort of wandered the streets.
This one I did for practice, as you can see, as a copy of a New Yorker cartoon, so all copyright whatevers are duly what's-it-called. (I assume that last sentence is legally sufficient attribution.) I think this was the same week in San Francisco, but I'm not sure. I remember being pretty happy with this, but if you compare it to the real deal, its deficiencies are many...
This one I like best, I think. I drew this in 2002, apparently. It's a view of a corner of our old apartment on Stuyvesant street, in the East Village. I miss that place. Unlike the others, which were done with nib and/or brushes, this one I think was drawn with a Rapidograph.
I was going to paint a portrait of Tamson from life, but then I had an idea to paint it from a photo I had on my laptop. But instead of just using a photo on my computer as reference, the idea was to paint the entire desktop (windows, dialogs, etc.) and to paint all of that from life. I'm not at all sure if was a good idea, but It's basically done now and here's how it came out.
(Click on images to see a larger view.)
And here are a couple of photos of the work in progress. This first one shows the paints I mixed to create the bands of color in the dialog box. The one below shows it a step later and includes the whole setup, including the laptop I was painting.
Copyright Evan Simeone, 2010. All rights reserved.