Recently old photographs of my family have fascinated and inspired me to reinterpret them in paint. Its a special way to connect to some really wonderful people. Here, for example, is my aunt Lolo, and my father, Richard in 1927. They were Americans both born in Paris, France during the 1920s when my grandfather, Lewis Adams, was studying architecture at the École des Beaux Arts.
The Adventurers is my salute to my first art hero, Winslow Homer. His paintings of endless summer days, Breezing Up, Snap the Whip, his watercolors of the Bahamas. I love the carefree feeling he created of being in nature and embracing life. He also had the amazing gift to create timeless and universal images from contemporary life. My hope was to come close to doing the same in The Adventurers.
Morning – demonstration part 3 • More color is beginning to appear. This painting is all about warm against cool color and the values cast by the light. I am keeping the color thin to take advantage of the linen texture. I really don’t want the brush strokes to distract from areas of softness. […]
Morning – demonstration part 2 • The strong overhead light and reflected light bouncing all over the place in the bathroom are elements I am concentrating on here. I continued lifting to create highlights. Lifting is a technique of rubbing away the under painting leaving different values of color as more or less of […]
Morning – demonstration part 1 of 3 • I thought is was time to mix it up a little bit after a year of still life paintings. For the past week I have been working on this figure. For reasons I do not completely understand I like to linger on figurative paintings. Taking my […]