Posts Tagged ‘oil’

Where Lethe Runs Dry

Friday, September 30th, 2016

This is an old oil painting. It’s not good, even by my low standards, and I can’t deny it might even be kitschy. It was just an experiment, and an experiment is what one does when one doesn’t know what one is doing. I wouldn’t have posted this painting if I had chanced upon a more successful piece on the same theme. The reason I’m posting it now is because I’m reading a biography on Henry James and I’m at a part where many of his family and friends are dying. That brought to the fore remembrances of people I knew who have passed away. They weren’t expatriate literati or cosmopolitan aristocrats, but they certainly deserve some sort of memorial. This piece is not ideal, but it’s all I had on hand to pay a silent tribute and pensive farewell to all those who have stepped over the threshold. “And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Portrait of Lady Helen Vincent

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Here’s an oddity. This was a commissioned piece, an oil on canvas, and it was one of the largest works I’ve attempted. It’s based on a John Singer Sargent. If I remember correctly, the requester wanted a copy but we’re talking about SARGENT, for pity’s sake, and I’m just me so the work is merely a crudely amateurish, prosaic, unreasonable facsimile. In my defense, I dimly remember working from a small picture in a book so there were times I was only guessing at what I was trying to translate. Sargent’s work is always so fluid and facile and confident and amazing. Lacking those and countless other attributes, I trudged along, not achieving anything to withstand the ravages of time but learning a lot at the knee of a master.

To see Singer’s original, click here: http://art.jerryandmartha.com/2008/11/he-never-fails-to-amaze.html

Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

At the top of this entry, you’ll find a piece entitled “Moon Set” by Barb Stork. She’s my sister-in-law, and a fantastic fine artist as well. This is what she had to say about the piece:

“This piece is special because it brings up a happy memory. I did this piece last summer when I was on crutches due to an ankle injury. With [my husband] Jim’s help I was able to crutch out to the prairie at Grant Park and set up a chair to paint. Jim gave me a hard time because it took us so long to get to that point. (He was cracking me up as usual which slowed us down even more). He then took Patches [our dog] on an extra long walk so I could complete the painting.”

If you like it, click the link Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry to see other landscapes (acrylic and watercolor) by this talented artist.

Now, as for my work, ah yes, the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (yes, I’ve linked to my pathetic page) – I had almost forgotten that I had created a portfolio there, too. The problem is, my pieces are nowhere near as good as Barb’s. Please keep in mind that my drawings and paintings posted there are over 10 years old, and when I look at them, it’s almost like I’m looking at another artist’s work.

I am, however, fond of Spring Day (represented below). I wish I had the original or had made a photocopy.

Alas! I think what I dislike the most is the reproduction quality of my pieces (and don’t even ask me to go into the reprehensibile execution).

If you visit the registry in the future, please disregard my page and visit Barb’s. At least there, you’ll see some well-executed paintings.