April 23, 2013

HOT PRESSED AND A HALF PINT



Painting the Familiar on the Strange


Got some new paper. Arches, hot pressed satin. Loving it so far.  I was getting tired of fighting the texture of the cold pressed block, but It took me a while to realize I could simply change my paper.

With the cold press, even the fine grain stuff seemed opinionated, imposing it's own agenda on my sketches. With this new block the marks go down unchanged by the paper, so no more excuses. And it dries much quicker, so there is less time to futz around (probably a good thing, as I can be rather futzy).

I painted this joint on Metropolitain Ave, across from Kellog's Diner, in glorious Brooklyn. I've heard writers are encouraged to "write what you know".  If that holds true for painters,  I may have stumbled over my genre. Bummer.

8 comments :

RobCarey said...

Very nice- I goofed around with the hot press paper, but it's a whole new world. This inspires me to dig it out again.

Murray Dewhurst said...

Superb depth, atmosphere and richness of colour in your sketches.

jeanne kosfeld said...

Beautiful painting; and your comments are point-on!

Shari Blaukopf said...

I think that paper is so well suited to your work Butch. It's not that good with large washes but you can be so much more precise with it and it takes all your beautiful dark tones so well. I look forward to seeing what else you do on it.

kane said...

You are the man.

Anna R. said...

It's lovely... but yeah, bummer.

VHein said...

This is gorgeous--so rich. A time-honored genre--what could be better! I really like the working qualities of that paper too--less forgiving with washes, but great for drawing and details.

Maike Bohlen said...

Think you found the right paper. It is great and your sketch is just gorgeous.