Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print

Maine Artist in Oil, Acrylic and Block Print
"White Mountains Hayfield", Joe Godleski, oil on canvas

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Creature Great and Small

"Selby Gardens Egret", Joe Godleski,
"Stranger", Joe Godleski,
Prismacolor and Graphite

My latest work is shown here.  The "Selby Gardens Egret" was done in water-miscible oil on canvas, 12 inch by 16 inch, and was based on an egret we saw at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL.  The egret was doing a strange, undulating walk and did not seem at all put off by the humans strolling the garden grounds, which were quite beautiful.  I took several snaps and then sketched out the painting from the reference snaps.  I used a rich palette and was not bashful about applying the paint wet-on-wet.  The bug called "Stranger" was done in Prismacolor and graphite pencil on paper, 20 inch by 20 inch.  The bug was discovered last summer here in Maine sitting attached to the door of Alex's black car in the sun.  I took a couple of snaps and gridded out one of them.  Then using a limited set of Prismacolor and graphite pencils, I formed the image from multiple shape and size triangles to produce a crystalline effect.  Two creatures, two different locations, approaches and results.

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