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02-13-2010, 10:19 PM
Hello, I just bought an inexpensive slide scanner and thought I'd post a few paintings here in the contemporary wing of our daily changing gallery. Photo quality isn't great, sorry.
Oil Lamp -oil, varnish, shellac on canvas 72"x66"
Uproad -oil, shellac photo emulsion on canvas 60"x55"
Underwater Calculations -oil and yarnish on canvas 42"x56"
Square -oil, varnish, photo emulsion on canvas 66"x56"
Monkey -oil, varnish, lacquer on canvas 48"x54" The colour's a bit too rosy in this scan, and the darks are really deep and glossy
Carnival Motors -oil, lacquer, varnish on canvas awning 60"x72"
Thank you for looking. Jerry
Jerry, I took a look at your blog, and your paintings are great. The ones in this thread are difficult for me to view....not sure if it's my monitor? I'd love to see them in a smaller format.
From what I see, they're kind of awesome, though. Your materials are freaking me out slightly. Motor oil?? How trippy is that?
These are all very interesting works. I especially like the mysterious darkness (and brightness) in them :thumbsup:
02-14-2010, 04:51 PM
Thank you for your kind response, Sherry. No, your monitor is fine. The pictures are pretty lousy, sorry, though fairly accurate tonally. Just a bit of clarity is lacking. You were kind enough to check out my blog, so I returned the favour and was struck breathless by your glasswork! Much like little worlds in amber, I gazed into each one. I was moved by the way you contrasted matte textures against glossier surfaces, and couldn't help drawing a parallel between these pieces and the work I'm showing above, where areas of dry photo emulsion abut against glossy lakes of lacquer and varnish. Very cool. But no motor oil was used in the making of these images.
Thank you, Randall. I think you mentioned posting these from the landscape forum, and here they are with a few more thrown in for good measure. Thanks for your kind words. Jerry
02-14-2010, 05:08 PM
So interesting! (yes, mysterious, intriguing,,,all that.)
I especially like the ones with photo emulsion,
even though I really don't know what that means. :thumbsup:
02-14-2010, 05:53 PM
I thought I'd throw a few more of these on the fire, forgive my indulgence.
Orbis Tertius -oil, ink, collage on two linen panels, 42"x84" In the top left corner there's a little 'squirrel world' with an acorn lamp painted in oils. Hard to see, sorry.
Gold Light -oil, lacquer, shellac, gold leaf, electric lamp on canvas, 54"x56"
Okay this one's hard to make out, but it's an angled view of an electric lamp (made from a shellac bottle and varnish can) attached to the surface, with the thick dark-violet lacquer and gold leaf seen around it.
Ships At Night -varnish, oil, shellac on clear plastic sheeting, 48"x38"
The only reason I'm showing this very poor photograph is to give you an idea of the finer details, shown below. There are a number of these little shipwrecks (from Great Lakes lore) in this piece.
Ships At Night detail
Thank you for your patience in viewing these. Jerry
02-14-2010, 08:14 PM
orbis tertius looks really good.
02-15-2010, 10:35 AM
I too like the one with Photo Emulsion, although I too must confess I haven't the foggiest, what it means. :) But I like the ink-stain effect in that. Feels very japanese.
02-15-2010, 05:31 PM
I very like the paintings on your blog!you are very good at plein air paintings!
I very like this ones too especially the darks ones!love your mix of medium and the effect you got!
my very fav are 1 and 4
02-16-2010, 05:30 AM
Thank you, postmoderschisms!
Thank you for commenting, Avani. Some of these were done after my travels in India, including the ink one (Orbus Tertius means third world), so that may be the exotic feel you're seeing. I explained the photo emulsion in a post in landscapes, here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=608007 Hope that helps.
Merci, Clementine. I enjoyed your site as well, and noted that you like to explore mixed media too. Jerry
02-16-2010, 06:56 AM
Jerry, I live in India so its difficult for me at times to 'feel' the exotic value of the place. :)
But I'm happy to know it inspired you to make something as beautiful as this. If I'm not being inquisitive, which places did you visit..? Hope you had a pleasant time in my country. :)
02-16-2010, 02:22 PM
Thank you, Avani! :lol: Yes, I'm sure your neighbourhood seems much less exotic to you than it would feel for a Canadian like myself! I landed in Delhi and travelled east into Nepal. On my return trip we swing down through Benares and to Fatehpur Sikri and, of course, Agra. We travelled by truck, having met a couple of young guys who ran a travel bureau and were eager to take us wherever we wanted to go. As much as I loved the big sights (especially Benares), it was the backstreets and day to day life I witnessed there that affected me so much. And the music! India is the one place I've been that I feel I have to see again. May I ask, where do you live in that huge beautiful land? Jerry
02-16-2010, 10:17 PM
All great paintings, Jerry. Well executed and very, very creative--that's what is so impressive.
02-17-2010, 12:39 AM
Very beautiful works. Congrats!
BTB, wished you'd visited southern part of our country as well. Of course, India is one wherein you find exotic places everywhere.
02-18-2010, 05:21 AM
Thank you, Merle!
Thank you for commenting, Wenkat. I, too, wish that I had the opportunity to travel into the south. Next time! BTW, I like your Tagore quote. Jerry
02-18-2010, 06:57 AM
Jerry, I live in Mumbai. :)
I'm glad you enjoyed your visit so much. What kind of indian music are you refering to? Classical? We have so many different genres..
I've been to Fatehpur Sikri and loved the place. Did you make a wish at the mosque? It comes true, you know, they say. Well, I did, many years back, and it did come true. :) Agra has nothing else, save Taj Mahal. And Nepal as I remember was very interesting when I visited there as a teenager. I'd love to go there again and buy some nice Thangka paintings and Green Tara Statues this time round.
Benaras too I've been to,a long long back when I was still in school, but I guess it would be a different thing now if I were to visit there now...
I guess you'll have Rajasthan as your next destination in India, if you visit again. :) I hope you do. It's beautiful.
Recently I went to a festival in north Gujarat, called 'Festival of Kuttch'. They put you up in tents ( very comfortable) and take you on desert safaris in the night. The place is on the border of India-Pakistan. It is so surreal... There's only salt crystals till your eyes can see... not the regular sand. And its breathtakingly beautiful at the sunset. All that salt shining in the setting sun's rays...
If you're interested in looking it up, here are the links:
02-18-2010, 08:16 PM
Thank you for the links, Avani. Looks fascinating.
I'm very much into plein air painting now and wish I had been when visiting Fatehpur Sikri. A truly haunting place, though I neglected to make a wish there. Because I enjoy painting urban scenes, I think Mumbai would be a great place to visit.
I enjoyed classical music as well as the pop music that is everywhere. I love bhangra, too! I saw films as well and just loved being out with the locals, though my green eyes got some stares, especially in the rural areas. Jerry
02-19-2010, 05:36 AM
Jerry, I see you had a very well-rounded 'Indian experience' .... watching films, listening to Bhangra, spending time with locals... :)
Bhangra has infectious spirit. Especially the bhangra-pop. In India, to most people, Bhangra = gaiety. For a real experience of this, you should go to Punjab...
Hope you like Mumbai if & when you visit. Mumbai is frenetical. But if you like big cities, you may like it. Do look me up if ever you're here. I'd be more than glad to be of any assistance.:)
02-21-2010, 08:06 AM
Thank you, Avani! I'm hoping another visit to beautiful India is in my future. Take care. Jerry
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