This is from this morning's walk with the dog, on the bank of the Willamette at George Rogers Park. The light was wonderful and rich and moody, the river was high, silent and flat with no wake or wave to interupt the calm. We had a good time there, Greta and I, letting our souls link with Grand Nature, updating our moods like new software for the Iphone.
In an effort to recycle old canvases, I have been painting over old work. When I have small boards under 11x14, I will normally use paint off my palette to give a solid coat of a random color and then let it dry, ready for use. But when it is a larger canvas, like this 20x16 above, I tend to paint directly on the old work, making the underpainting a little difficult, since so much reads through from below. But I charged ahead in this case, trying to use a little heavier application than I normally use to get the thing done in one sitting, rather than waiting to let the underpainting dry. So it came out a little choppy for my taste, but I was really trying to see if the overall effect was going to be what I was after; call it a larger color study. As usual, the photo distorts the color a little, but I think I might revisit this one at some point to make it more finished.
It isn't often that I don't find my work wanting in some aspect or other, but this above portrait of Javier Bardem is something I futzed with over a couple of hours and it's just fine the way it is, for a notebook sketch. I love his nose and his expressive eyes, so heavy-lidded and relaxed. He would be fun to paint from life.
And yet another study of Oswego Creek, endlessly complex and changeable.