Friday, January 20, 2023

Two New Paintings

Finished in early December, Two Women Walking by an Advertisement:  


Two Women Walking by an Advertisement
2022, oil on linen, 24" x 24"


I was originally thinking of painting the walls with tones of yellow ochre. After finishing the clothes of the two main figures, however, I decided to go with blue. For one, the small areas of yellow ochre would have created a disturbance in the overall unity of the composition. And I've always liked working with harmonies of closely related colors. Aside from the skin tones, the only deviations from blues and greys are the green beret and the red lipstick which bring visual energy and tension.

The next painting, finished a couple days ago, continues with my enjoyment of closely related colors ... reds in this case ... with a green t-shirt serving as a counterpoint.


Handsome Demon
2023, oil on linen, 7" x 5 1/2"




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