Monday, June 08, 2009

June 8, 2009
Spent most of the weekend on art, but we did go see The Hangover on Friday. Really enjoyed it. Very funny. And, the weird guy, with the beard, who more or less steals the movie, is actually playing Dr. Buford. I kept remarking to myself, "Man, he looks exactly like Gordon Smith, and he acts like Gordon Smith doing Dr. Buford." Gordon did Dr. Buford, a recurring character, on The Jones & Boze Radio Show, and his signature line was, "'Member?" as in, remember? More on that later.

Spread out on my sketches and noodled a variety of shapes, colors and images:

An article in the New York Times yesterday inspired me to emulate the painter Francis Bacon (see faces, bottom left):

In 2003 we saw several Bacons at a gallery in Valencia, Spain and I was struck with his wildness, both in color and shapes. Very bold. Learned a couple things from the exercise:

Reworked a couple boards, including this one of Powhatan Clarke's patrol heading in the Salt River Canyon:

Finally got the canyon colors right, or better. Also, took another stab at an overhead cloud study:

Which is much more nuanced with extra color, etc. Tweaked a couple other scenes, including this little ditty I call Heat Island:

And this one called Twilight Rider:

There's more but I'll post them later.

"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."
—Francis Bacon

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