Graphic Arts and Celtic DNA

Weekly Photo Challenge: NEW

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

I’m experimenting these days with a new, for me, art style in  watercolor painting.  A lot of my painting has been figurative realism, with the nude figure.  I usually start from pencil or charcoal sketches made during a weekly drop-in session held at our local art center.  We usually have about 8 or 9 artists, and we chip-in for the model’s fee.  Good, relaxed atmosphere.  I usually work on the painting later, at home.  I’ve tried a little by way of expressionism in altering the reality of the poses, but I’ve been unable to wander much from realism in my work.  Sometimes the results are exciting, but other times they may be boring.

Recently I decided to loosen up a bit more, by employing a little Lichtenstein/Warhol playfulness-satire-comic themes into a few paintings.  Here are photos of an initial two  that I had entered in an exhibit that ended last week.  The exhibit theme was titled “SHAMELESS,” and encouraged rampant commercialism.  It was fun to get some reactions to my new work from artist friends, and I may occasionally do more paintings  in the same style.




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