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Furious Blunder

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30" x 36", oil on canvas, 2013
The ninth painting (although there's no real order, unless you want to infer one) in my Tournament of Shadows series, this a sort of sequel to Between Maybe and Maybe Not.

Below are in-progress details in the order I painted them:

Here I am reusing my photo ref previously used in an earlier watercolour, Aisha (pensive). There are still some very bright highlights to add.

Click the skull for a larger-than-life view (depending on your screen size, of course).

Surrounded by the orange ground makes everything look weird and possibly warmer than intended, especially the raven.

Another earlier watercolour, evade, makes a cameo.

Nearly done and covering up most of my orange ground, the values of the subjects settle themselves down now and indicate that they're not weird, after all.


Kodak Instamatic X-15

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18" x 24", oil on canvas, 2013
I've posted before about my love of photography and the SLR film camera I used to use extensively to shoot my photo reference for my paintings, and I've painted a different, older, non-functional film camera quite a bit (most recently and most pointedly in My Advantage Point). However, the cost of film photography combined with my novice-like understanding of F-stops, etc. made switching to a digital SLR (which, aside from the occasional auto-focus feature, I use in its manual setting, to replicate using my Minolta) this past summer all the more convenient, economical, and photographically certain. I can now instantly see if I'm getting the exposure I want/need and only have to print the photos I choose (with a bit of post-processing and recomposing with other photos in Photoshop) to use as reference for my artwork.

I still love the process of film photography and the sophisticated-yet-low-tech nature of it, and the cameras of a ce…

County 101: Roundup and FAQ

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101 ink paintings of Prince Edward County
painted in 101 consecutive hours.
This is the FAQ for my 2013 painting marathon, County 101. Last year's Burning the Midnight Oil marathon has its own FAQ and, since there's some crossover, please check that one out in case this one doesn't fulfill your needs.

Allons-y!


You did this last year. Isn't once enough of this sort of thing?

Counting the time I did this (minus the painting) in 1989 (you can read that log here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5), this was the third time I've stayed awake for over 100 hours. Last year's marathon was quite successful, so I figured one more (while I'm still capable) would be nice to close out the trilogy...or hat trick, or however you want to look at it.


Are you going to do this again?
No, I think that's quite enough of this sort of thing.


What was this one about?

After living here for three years and then painting 33 scenes of Prince Edward County  for my 33 on 33 proje…

County 101: 91-101

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County 101: 81-90

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County 101: 71-80

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County 101: 61-70

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