Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Year of Head-Paintings - 2011

Every Tuesday night we have portrait-painting class with Coro. Its a single 3-hour session with oil paint. What follows are most of the paintings I did in 2011.

I did some oil painting back in college, but when I started these paintings I literally hadn't touched a brush in years.

Cast drawing had an impact on these paintings early on, I kept trying to make them about form instead of just abstract arrangements of color and value... which runs counter to what I was taught through most of art school.

Its amazing how you can stare at a painting for hours and not see your mistakes. I've got a bad habit of exaggerating foreheads, as we can see in some of these.

Somewhere in here I started to occasionally get something I wasn't outright ashamed of. Definitely a step in the right direction, I think.

Its painful to have some of these online, but I feel like I've come a long way this year and thought that was worth sharing.

Thanks for looking, can't wait for the next time I can post a year's worth of paintings all at once.


Adam Tamte Volker said...

well done MC

Joshua Godin said...

Great work, man. Can't wait to see the next batch !

Evil Dan said...

Those are pretty freakin' rad. Good to see the traditional media

Kurt Aspland said...

Someone once said it is far better to evaluate a body of work vs just a single piece. This is a great collection of work. Thank you for posting it.