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    Two-Toned Woman

    Most artists agree that, in painting the figure, tan lines are best avoided: The whole idea behind painting nudes is to explore the body’s elegant lines without the distracting clutter of the lines that clothing adds. Tan lines add those lines, even without the clothing.

    But sometimes they are, in themselves, an interesting subject. Here’s my model Mystery, clearly and gorgeously illustrating the fact.

    By the way…this picture (check the enlargements) displays an impasto effect, which in oil painting means the thick application of paint. But the effect is an illusion: This is a computer graphic, as flat as your monitor.

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    Nova’s Red Robe

    I have always had a passion for clothing from the Far East, and for painting it: If I could slip a Japanese robe onto a bulldog, I’d call him beautiful and paint him.

    Fortunately this particular Japanese robe is worn by the lovely Nova, who makes her first gallery appearance in this simple portrait. I don’t know if the robe will return, but Nova will.

    I hope she leaves that bulldog at home.

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    Eleionomae Blue

    This is a variation of my picture Eleionomae 18. Here we have not 18 small scenes, but a single scene in cool and mysterious blue.

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    This golden portrait features the soft brushstrokes and rich, earthy hues of traditional painting from two or three centuries past. It’s what artists of another day might have called photorealism—I mean, if they had ever seen a photograph.

    Anna is by no means a traditional woman, and if I paint her again I hope to steer closer to Matisse than Caravaggio. But sometimes it’s fun to embrace the old-fashioned ways, so here she is as an Old Master might have depicted her.

    Though she would probably have had a different shirt.

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    If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now

    A little paint, some curtains…might be fine.

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    Portrait of a Poet

    The poet is Michael Boiano of Thailand.

    You can tell he is a great poet because he looks very uncomfortable.

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    Cristi: Morning Scene
    Here again is Cristi in a strikingly dramatic (and probably uncomfortable) pose. Her tall, elegant form is bathed in golden morning sunshine.

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    Sooner or later, every illustrator gets it into his head that he can improve on Sir John Tenniel’s magnificent illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s immortal Alice books. He is always, always wrong about that. But he has to get it out of his system, so what can you do? 

    This scene depicts the Jabberwock, with “jaws that bite” and “claws that catch.” The beamish boy (shamelessly stolen from Tenniel) stands below the creature, and his vorpal blade is soon to go “snicker-snack!” 

    The monster’s name appears below in Anglo-Saxon letters. It is backwards because we are, of course, in Looking-Glass Land. 

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    View From the Bughouse

    Thomas Hart Benton (one of my idols, mind you) dismissed all modernism as “bughouse painting.” This was in a day when you could make insensitive, boneheaded remarks without being tarred and feathered for political incorrectness. 

    Ironically, Benton was a teacher of Jackson Pollock (also known as Jack the Dripper), who eventually replaced Vincent Van Gogh as the quintessential bughouse artist. Pollock is gone now, but goodness knows there are plenty of modern artists who are just as buggy. 

    I’ve been known to have a quirk or two, myself. 

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    Pale Ruby

    Here is another work created in collaboration with yaistillusefilm.tumblr.com and featuring the amazing Ruby of coconutdreamin.tumblr.com.

    It’s a traditional piece, very much in the 19th Century mode: The fiery red hair (symbolizing passion) plays against the milk-white skin (symbolizing purity) in a way that would have shocked and delighted a Victorian viewer.

    Nowadays there is no cause for shock; but there is (thanks mainly to Ruby) plenty to call delightful.

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    Adoration Of the Moon

    Here is a new “dream” piece that falls somewhere between abstractionism and surrealism. As usual with such work, the less said the better.

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    Aegean Nocturne

    Originally intended as an illustration for the Odyssey, I decided to omit all illustrative elements apart from the suggestion (and it is only that) of stars, land and sea.

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    A crowd files in for the entertainment du jour. Whether it’s football or gladiators, I can’t imagine.

    I hope it’s not one of those monster truck rallies.

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    Torso In Heavy Strokes

    This one might have been painted with molten tar. It wasn’t, but let’s pretend.
    This is the sort of (seemingly) slapdash work that artists love to create: It emerges quickly, freely and without apparent effort. It’s a spontaneous statement, not a labored essay.
    Whistler said that the goal of art is to erase its own footsteps. Well, I hope it didn’t track tar all over the place.

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