#1101

24×30″ Oil on canvas.
“Here again the prisoner must use the very language, the words, the syntax, of his enemy, whereas he craves a separate language, belonging only to his people.” Jean Genet, to george Jackson’s Soledad Brother, Prison Letters.
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#1099

20×16″ Oil on canvas
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#1098

45.7×60.9cm (18×24)” Oil on Arches 140lb cold press. Water mixable oils, thinned with water, work like watercolors on paper, and with the darker tones and saturated colors of oils. This is only an experiment… paper is unprimed. The paper will probably have to be primed with gesso, but then… impermanence has it’s place. ┬áBut then if the concern is expansion of paper under a the older, and stiffer oil, causing cracking, a thin wash shouldn’t be a problem.
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Underpainting with acrylic (3)

I may have done way more than I should have. The acrylics are taking over. For much of the last year, I’ve been doing heavily textured, multi-layered acrylics. Because I want to avoid impasto and thick peaks and ridges, because they may not dry enough for a stable foundation, I’ve been using acrylic with softer consistency, inviting a different kind of brush work, and quite different effect. Having found a different approach–at the end of that phase, I may not move on to oil–or maybe only one for experimental purposes.
Finished lower piece here!
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#1083-856 Man in a Dream

40.6x51cm (16×20)” Oil, acrylic ground, on canvas. My first oil in over 60 years… I won’t be going back to acrylic. Though it’s possible to replicate effects of oil with acrylic, I’ve never liked how it feels to apply them with a brush. I love the malleablity, being able to go over a painting the next day, and the next, and the next. If I ever get out of the house of horrors, and into a new studio… so looking forward to working in the new/old medium.
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