Archive for April 2010
It looks like Bruce is close to finishing some of these paintings. He’s switching it up as he goes, adding cold wax medium to a few of the paintings of the woman (steam moving over the extreme close-up of her eyes and nose bridge, for her whole body to differentiate it from the other figures in the piano scene and in her hair for the face close-up). He then dragged water-diluted india ink over the wax for a nice resist look. It appears as though the fish are getting fishier now, with indigo oil-bar line work watered with turpentine, plus a little ochre. You can see in the photos that the Vancouver Spring is shining through the windows giving the studio area around Bruce’s painting project a comfortable glow.
More sketches coming your way from Nathaniel Akin, Bruce Alcock, Michael Mann and Justin Longoz. It’s a veritable grab-bag of stylistic fun-a-ma-jigs! Take a look see: Read more
Today, Bruce worked a lot with red. As you can see, there is a lot of it in the background of the transfigured woman: mixed transparent red oxide, venetian red, cadmium hue deep and a little mars red. He also worked on drybrushing the edges of the woman’s hair and dress (she’s becoming a spirit at this point in the film, so she needs to dissolve into the background). It appears as though the roses will need several more washes and we seem to be running out of black. Look at that texture. Worth it? Totally.
The Vive la Rose paintings are now starting to take shape. Bruce is working with his drybush, oil bars (also called oil sticks), and lots of turpentine. If only he’d remembered to open a window, he wouldn’t have gotten so lightheaded (and that goes for the rest of us who walked through the room. The dizziness was thick like a fog). Bruce says he’s trying to take it easy and go at a medium pace and that he’s loving the large scale of these canvases. More of the painting process will come as he finishes these beauties.
Again, when the paintings are finished, they will be showing (along with Vive La Rose) at the Christina Parker Gallery, in conjunction with the Nickel Film Festival and the 15th biannual Sound Symposium.