Work in Progress: Gargoyle

What would it feel like for a gargoyle to get to the other side, the inside, of a stained glass window?

work in progress: Gargoyle

 

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A Bench to Watch From

There’s a bench shaded by redwoods next to the tennis courts in the park. In July I saw bright pink flowers blooming next to that bench, but now summer is fading and those flowers are gone.

flowers and bench, onsite sketch

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Picnic Shade

The picnic tables in this painting are off in the distance, as are the people. Maybe it reflects the introvert in me, who’d rather watch people from a distance.

 

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Losing the Thread

I remember the first time I ever tried to draw a smile, when I was about five years old.

First I drew the crescent shaped open mouth.

So far, so good. Then I drew a bunch of up-and-down lines for teeth.

That looked like good progress. And then to finish.

What?

It happened to me again last week. I started with a location sketch that seemed like an interesting little composition.

 

Then I started the painting.

in progress

and almost finished before I realized that I had painted dappled shade all across the lower half of the scene, which was not the source idea. I had to wipe out a section.

still in progress

Here’s hoping I finish without losing the thread again.

 

 

 

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Magnolia, in progress

Across the main lawn of the park you can see a giant magnolia that used to stand next to a giant oak. But that oak has fallen and been cleared away.

in progress: Magnolia

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Two Trees

I started off wanting to make sense of a tangle of trees and shrubs in the shade, but like insistent siblings, two trees in the sunlight took over the composition.

in progress

painting of two trees in sunlight, next to shade, in Dimond Park

Two Trees, Dimond Park

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Play Tower

Play tower on a weekday morning, empty for the moment, but there’s always a nanny with a stroller somewhere nearby.

Play Tower, 10:00 am

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Sequoia in Dimond Park

There’s a sequoia tree in the park whose branches grow in a spiral, with a gap because it’s crowded next to a pine. When I can see into the branches like that, I wonder what it must be like to live in a tree.

Sequoia, sketches

Sequoia in Dimond Park

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Starts

It’s dawned on me that I’m painting a series on Dimond Park, just because I spend so much time there with Shadow. Here are some painting starts, where I begin translating the sketches into paintings by blocking in the big shapes.

Painting Starts

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Babysitters

On weekdays at the park you can usually see nannies with toddlers and baby carriages, in shady spots where they’ve spread out a blanket to picnic for a few hours.

Babysitters

Babysitters onsite sketch

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