Thursday, May 21, 2020

Watercolors...while the virus attacks, nature burgeons.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Elderly woman subway rider · oil on paper · 40 x 28 cm

I intentionally left in the penciled notes I made at the bottom when laying out the composition to give an idea of how the painting evolved.

Before applying the paint, I rubbed the surface of the paper with a cut clove of fresh garlic. This is a sizing technique whose purpose is to avoid letting the linseed oil used as a vehicle in oil colors seep into the paper and damage it. It works! Like a lot of oil painting materials and techniques rubbing paper with garlic was invented centuries ago. It is described in a compendious three-volume 17th century book by Antonio Palomino de Castro y Velasco, El museo pictórico, y escala óptica: práctica de la pintura, en que se trata el modo de de pintar á el olio, temple, y fresco, con la resolución de todas las dudas ... y de la perspectiva común ... If you're interested, you can download from free here: 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sleeping Andean subway rider

Oil on Masonite · 55 x 46 cm.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chinese Subway Rider

Oil on Masonite · 55 x 46 cm
This attractive young woman was dressed for a Chinese New Year's party.