Diving to the bottom of Lake Michigan

Usually I don’t show a painting in progress to my artist friends.  I wait until it is more finished before I invite constructive comments. But yesterday, I showed this painting to an art buddy who commented that it is finished. That took me by surprise because I have many ideas of how to continue working  on what I merely considered an ‘underpainting’ of a girl diving to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Girl diving to the bottom of Lake Michigan, montage of 5 frames of a video taken by the girl’s brother. aluminum panel, ,24 x 48 in, oil

Earlier, during our lunch, some of the artists had discussed the difficulty to know  when a work is finished. The danger being that one could overdo it, thereby destroying it. With that in mind, rather than continuing working on my painting,  I decided to do the same motif over but then experiment with further ideas. 

Do you know when your work is finished – painting, writing, sculpting, designing your garden, inventing a new cooking recipe…?

Ceramic figures, copies of Etruscan, Chinese and New Mexican statues

My first three ceramic figures were done in the a workshop in Frankfurt, MI, led by Steve Kline. New to this art form, I am indebted to the guidance of Steve – sensitive to when I needed help or was capable of proceeding on my own. 

The Etruscan boy was copied from a photo of a votive bronze statuette,  third century B.C. in the Museo Etrusco Guarnacci in  Volterra.  Wondering what this lumbering little guy was up to. 

Etruscan boy, 10 x 3 inEtruscan Boy, 10 x 3 in

The female Chinese dancer, earthen ware, stems from the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – A.D. 9). The statue was excavated in 1989-1990 in the tomb of the prince of Chu, Tuolanshan, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province. My copy was done from a postcard bought at the MET, NYC.  I am intrigued but the dancer’s wide swaying stance. 

Female Dancer, 9 x 8 in

Saint Anthony was modeled using a photo of a  wood statue in the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico. From en.wikipedia: He is especially invoked and venerated all over the world as the patron saint for the recovery of lost items and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods. I view my little statue as finding lost souls. 

Saint Anthony, 9 x 4 in

Methods

My copy of the Etruscan boy was thinly glazed with Celadon Rainforest.

My copy of the Female Dancer was glazed first with Celadon Tangelo followed by Celadon Green to highlight the shadows of her robe,

My copy of Saint Anthony was first painted with Celadon Cobalt which then was brushed off the face and hands. Face and hands were subsequently painted with Celadon Tangelo and folds of the robe were overpainted with Celadon Rainforest. The latter glazes were mostly obscured by the more powerful Celadon Cobalt – fortuitous as the shape of the figure is better seen with a coherent glaze.