I just sadly found out about the passing of Everett Raymond Kinstler. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kinstler in person, but I would send him email correspondences and he would always reply with kind encouragement and guidance. He always told me to work from life: "Try to keep painting from life and nature, there is no substitute!". My condolences to his family and loved ones.
Had a super fun day with one of my best friends, Asem Ahmed, painting at the Ramapo Reservation. I titled the painting, "Broad View of Reflections, Ramapo Reservation" because I tried to capture a broad view of the reflections that I saw. I had always wanted to do a painting like this and I'm very proud of the way it turned out.
All I can say is WOW with the craftsmanship and quality of these handmade books by Rich Troncone. Man, I love this guy is all I can say. I wanted a book that I could use as a journal and write in it with my fountain pen. I've used Moleskines in the past, but the problem is that my fountain pen bleeds through the pages of a moleskine so I reached out to my friend Rich and he created these masterpieces for me. Check out his website: http://www.richtroncone.com
Much love to Rich Troncone, glad to call him a friend.
I love the spontaneity of certain paintings, but some times an error occurs and you have to go back and fix something. A lot of times my paintings come easily for me and I don't sweat them too much, but once in a while I have to put my proverbial blood, sweat and tears into a work.
I recently painted a painting of my dad sitting outside and I loved the overall light and feeling I was able to capture. The painting took a little over an hour and I photographed it and called it finished. A lot of the painting is impressionistic and even my dad's face looks unfinished, but the thing is that that was on purpose and not in error. But I later realized that I forgot to put in the upper portion of the chair behind my dad on the left side of the painting (as indicated in the image below with the red arrow). I want my paintings to be intentional and in control even if they appear less finished.
I'm a purest when it comes to painting alla prima and I believe in capturing the transient moment and then called it finished in order to leave the spontaneity and not overwork it. The problem was that I was losing sleep about that missing chair part. My style is fairly impressionistic so a lot of people probably wouldn't notice, but I noticed and it was bothering me. I knew it was an error.
So what I did was I set up the chair back outside under roughly the same lighting conditions and I fixed it. It only took a few minutes and now I finally feel the sense of relief that I get when I do something right. It's a hard thing to judge, but I knew I had to fix it in my gut and I always trust what my gut tells me.