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by mdmattin
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Solo Show
Replies: 1
Views: 8

Solo Show

postcard.jpg Getting ready for my upcoming solo show “Paintings and Paraphernalia” at UMass Science and Engineering Library, September 3 - December 13, 2019. The opening reception is Wednesday October 23, 4-6 PM. The exhibit includes new and recent oils, watercolors, and drawings, including landsca...
by mdmattin
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Metcalf sketches
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Metcalf sketches

I’ve been doing these little thumbnail sketches from a book of Willard Metcalf paintings, Sunlight and Shadow . My painting teacher, Paul Rahilly, called this practice “looking with your pencil.” You get to know the painting a lot better through the process of copying it. Metcalf does wonderful thin...
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: Pennsylvania Pix

Hi Andre,
Our posts keep crossing in the ether!
I'll give the toothbrush a try. It might be too big for these little 4" x 6" jobs, but I also have these interdental tools (like miniature bottle brushes) that might work.
Matthew
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: Pennsylvania Pix

There's some weirdness going with the photography and my ability to account for ambient light. The old version at the top was taken with my iPhone in a dimly lit kitchen. I had just done some painting on it in the same poor light, so the photo seemed true to the painting. The next morning in sunligh...
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Duodecimator
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Duodecimator

Duodecimator is my specialized measuring device for cropping 10” x 12” panels (the largest size that fits in my pochade box) to specific aspect ratios. IMG_3112.jpg The increments indicate how much to cut from the 10” end to make the desired proportion with the 12” side. I made it with a prism shape...
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: Pennsylvania Pix

OK, here it is with a bit of reworking incorporating comments and suggestions from Rebecca and Andre.
Who says you can't do art by committee?

Neighbors hill morning sm.jpg
Neighbors hill morning sm.jpg (144.59 KiB) Viewed 184 times
Matthew
by mdmattin
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: Pennsylvania Pix

I really like the way you use the grain of the paper to break up what at that time of the morning shouldn't be too defined, and it has photographed well, too. Thanks, Andre. Maybe that's the key - rather than increasing the contrast and definition, make it evident that it is early morning, with the...
by mdmattin
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Re: Pennsylvania Pix

The approaching storm oil is without question the light of an approaching storm. Good job on that. Does it inspire you to try a studio version? Thank you, and, possibly. I do want to start working larger, either by bringing larger panels into the field, or doing larger derivitive works from sketche...
by mdmattin
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Pennsylvania Pix
Replies: 11
Views: 206

Pennsylvania Pix

Went down to rural Pennsylvania for the annual family reunion and managed to get some painting in: IMG_3134.jpg Meadow and trees, approaching storm (oil on panel, 8" x 10") IMG_3132.jpg Meadow and trees, late afternoon (watercolor in sketchbook, 4" x 6") IMG_3136.jpg Neighbor's hill, early morning (...
by mdmattin
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Titles
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Titles

Thanks, Rebecca and Andre, Your insights are helping me to think this through. Rebecca (who is already famous, without any help from me), says an objective title suggests no depth behind it. If you were thinking beyond fact of subject, there is no clue through the title. If the painting is potent, u...
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Waves
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Waves

Hey Rebecca,
I just started a Title thread on Sketch Talk.
Matthew
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Titles
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Titles

Rebecca suggested a title for one of my paintings , which I liked and adopted, and which made me wonder about titles. I tend to go for very matter-of-fact titles, like Tree , and I often feel that a fanciful title like Scrumptious Sunset actually detracts from the work. I do like over the top title...
by mdmattin
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Waves
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Waves

The retreating edge could be the heel, and the interaction of the two would be a footsie.
Matthew
by mdmattin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Waves
Replies: 13
Views: 488

Re: Waves

Hi Rebecca, Thanks - I'll give that a try next time I'm out. I was just practicing a bit indoors and I think i get the idea. I also tried combining the tick mark technique with a trick I learned from James Gurney's Artist's Guide to Sketching, using a finger hooked around the paper as guide to hold ...
by mdmattin
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: More waves
Replies: 2
Views: 148

More waves

Study of waves and spume, ebb tide. Watercolor 4” x 6”. The tip of the rocky breakwater is just visible as the tide starts to recede. I was interested in the action right at the shoreline, with the foaming water splashing up onto the beach and draining back into to sea. This was part of my research ...