The Emperor

   The two paintings, the Star and the Queen of Cups, are both framed and delivered to the gallery with the other paintings in the New Romantic Figure exhibit. Alexey Steele’s piece is also framed in a tabernacle, and the three look quite dramatic together. We’ll hang the paintings tomorrow morning. We had a great evening…

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Bonifacio Bembo

I’ve been mulling over how to approach the mural that I wanted to put onto the wall on the upper right side of the painting, but after a lot of thought I’ve decided that the composition works best if the wall remains open and I place the mural on the panels beside the figure, emphasizing…

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Show Announcement

I mentioned the show that’s opening in late August in a previous post. Here’s the nicely designed CLU Gallery website with more information on the event, including a sneak preview of some of the paintings you’ll be able to see. I’m working hard to finish the Queen in time! I’d like to invite everyone visiting the…

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Open Notes to Alexey Steele

Although technique and studio practice is obviously foundational to painting of a high quality, the style of the paintings need not imitate Impressionism, or the Academy, or the Pre-Raphaelites, or any other school; we need to work toward paintings that belong to the future, the New Millennium, building upon the foundations of the past, but…

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California Art Club

We visited the California Art Club exhibit at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, a small town on the California coastline north of Thousand Oaks. It’s a lovely neo-classical museum faced with white pillars. Inside, the pillar theme continues, giving the exhibits a formal classy quality that makes paintings that are more traditional in technique…

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Pink legs, more about spitting

Adding the pink velatura layer to the legs has made the girls more substantial, and will help me to make decisions about the balance of colour in the painting. Once I get the skin of the upper part of the bodies done I will have completed the first layer over the entire painting, and can…

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Unity of Purpose

Sometimes we meet people whose understanding of the world so reflects our own that there is an immediate sense of brotherhood, with a shared unity of purpose that makes us feel stronger by association. Meeting yesterday with Tony Pro, Novorealist Alexey Steele and Mike Adams at Mike’s exhibit at the CLU gallery was one of those…

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