Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More from the Archives: Monochrome Studies

As I sift through my paintings in preparation for the November group show in which I'm participating, I've been reassessing some of my earlier work. Indeed, I've found that while some images will never see the light of day again, quite a few have held up under the scrutiny of added experience. This is a set of three monochrome studies that I did nearly two years ago. On several occasions I've experimented with monochrome images, alternating between washes of Payne's Gray (used here) and Sepia. The Payne's Gray is nice because of the blue tint and I use it much more frequently in my works than the flatter, duller color of Davy's Gray. The Payne's, for example, works nicely when I'm mixing colors for shadows.

These gargoyles are located on 110th Street near Cathedral Parkway on Manhattan's Upper West Side. After digging a bit, all I could find on the building is that it was constructed in the 1890s. With its proximity to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, I wonder if the artist who did these was employed at the Cathedral as well. The gargoyles, which are placed in duplicated sets on either side of the main entrance, are only about 10 feet up, so easily accessible for photography and painting. I wish I knew the artist's point in depicting these images of apparent greed and gluttony. Each character is clearly savoring and protecting his meal. Enjoy!

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One Wink at a Time said...

I love how you've captured the whimsy apparent in these depictions. And I think your color choice is perfect. Thanks for sharing. These need to be in the show!