These paintings are all 18×36, a very comfortable size for me. I’m using the same organizing principals as the other Defensive Postures work, but instead of using pictures of used cars, I am collecting old helicopter pics. I became interested in doing a series of game birds because of the illustrations in a bird book a co-worker was perusing. The golden spiral arrangement of the feather patterns and the born to die nature of game birds were a factor.
This painting is a massive redux. I removed a kimonoed figure and replaced it with a giant tiger head. This necessitated working a lot bigger than I was used to, but I like the results.
My third sushi print is still available at Guzu Gallery. Go buy it, Won’t yoooooou?
A few words about how I work. I use slow drying acrylics and very thin acrylics made by Golden Acrylics. I have adapted an old masters technique (my understanding of it) to suit these media. First I will do a detailed charcoal(nero) sketch on the aerosol surface. This tends to come up in acrylic washes, so I’ve taken to illustrating a dark and light comic style illustration that will withstand washes. Over this I glaze burnt sienna slow dry. This establishes the middle tone. I reestablish the lights. and darks, blending them in wet on wet. What then stands is a tricolor underpainting. Like the old masters, I will glaze colors over this toned skeleton. this resembles coloring a photograph. Opaque highlights follow, usually with high flow thin acrylics. Pictured is a comic style underdrawing from a new painting. Sometimes they come out nice. This one I might actually redo on the computer to do a silkscreen run.