Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lunch in Venice





James and I like to have a light lunch if we know we will be going to
dinner in the evening. We have found inVenice that cicchetti is a great way
to enjoy a local tradition as well as keeping to our light lunch pledge.
The green awning.... the signal that we have arrived at our destination, Enoteca 
Cantine del Vino 'Gia Schiavi, a well known bacari bar in the Dorsoduro neighborhood.





Cicchetti can be thought of as a Venetian version of tapas. Small bites
on bread or toothpicks which can be anything from  whipped baccala  ( salt cod)
or anchovy and a small
sweet onion, variations of tuna, to gorgonzola with pear and honey.
Here at 'Gia Schiavi', one might find sausage, cheeses or pesto &ricotta, all
that can be partnered with some crazy ingredient to make it an
extraordinary small bite!

There are many bacari bars throughout the neighborhoods.
All have different moods and atmospheres. At times we find we walk in to a bacari and are
the oldest people in there.....then, we slowly back out and find another
more to our liking. Most, however, cater to all and the cicchetti is
distinctly their own.








Once you have selected  the cicchetti, order a glass of wine.
Here at 'Gia Schiavi', being that it is an enoteca, there
are many wines to choose from. Since we were in the Veneto we  each had a
chilled Soave. Perfect for our selections of cicchetti.








Our plate included gambieri and soar ( shrimp and a special Venetian sauce), salmon with mascarpone, tuna
with cacao, anchovy and onion.....









After a morning at the Accademia then a walk around Dorsoduro, and lunch, it
was time for a short rest....but, there is always more to see in this
amazing city of stone and brick that seemingly floats on water.










Sunday, March 24, 2019

ARE WE THERE YET? ( week10)

STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
James Aponovich


R.I.P.
( week 10 )



ARE WE THERE YET?



"It ain't over 'til it's over."
-Y. Berra





Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 40"x 52"


......It's over.


But wait........something new next week!

Monday, March 18, 2019

SWEATIN' THE DETAILS (week 9)




R.I.P
(almost)

STILL LIFE with THREE GROUPS of FLOWERS
James Aponovich

week 9

SWEATIN' THE DETAILS





"As ever hidden, look at its inner essence
as always manifest, look at its outer aspects."
- Lao Tzu



I have been asked (often) who is my favorite painter or what is my favorite painting style.
A complicated question, more often than not I would say something about
Chinese Classical painting...they liked looking under the hood.


Egg
James Aponovich
Pencil on paper, 4cm x 6 cm.


But, seeing as I represent the Western Classical tradition, the one
unmistakable, numero uno thing is.....


FORM



Portrait of Massimo ( in-progress)
James Aponovich
Pencil on paper ( detail)


The Italians called it Chiaroscuro ( light / dark), we know
it as difficult to do. It is the representation of the Three Dimensional
'thing' on a Two Dimensional surface such as canvas or paper.
It used to make 'em or break 'em,
now, nobody cares......
whatever.





I won't lecture on the rules ( a lot), but either you know it...
..or you don't



TEXTURE
or
PUTTIN' ON THE GLITZ






Although form is rock solid, pattern can accentuate it to please the eye.
People like to look at it.

"The hidden and the manifest give birth to each other."
- Lao Tzu






Next week - Are We There Yet?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

PAINTING IN PERSPECTIVE ( week 8)


P. I. P.
PAINTING IN PERSPECTIVE

STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
James Aponovich



LOST IN SPACE, AGAIN

week 8



So far I have been dealing with the arrangement of things ( composition) on
a flat 2 Dimensional basis. 3 horizontals and 4 verticals. There is another, 
perhaps more important element I must confront....Space, or what
is called Aerial Perspective.




Self Portrait ( in -progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas

"Isn't he already dead?"

You see, I paint in a very traditional manner, based on the principles
of the Italian 15th Century...So there's not a large support group
for me... Lone Wolf Club.



Montalcino (Tuscany)

Usually a painter ( particularly a landscape painter), must deal
with Depth of Field in three distinct sections:
Foreground 
Middle Ground
Distant Ground




Panicale ( Umbria)

"Listen Buddy, Between you and me, there ain't much Middle
Ground here."
Typically, Middle Ground is the most challenging because 
it's all about transitions. It bridges what is closest to you ( Foreground),
and what's most distant ( Distant Ground). It's the in between
that is such a headache.



Detail with Lake Trasimeno ( Middle Ground)

The still life is up front and in your face, and what there is of Middle Ground
is minimal.....some peek-a-boo glimpses of the lake and Val di Chiana.
So to create a whole new zone...
I have introduced the Imaginary Space of the Viewer...
sound confusing?




The vase is black glass.....Welcome to my world.
There I am with palette looking at the painting. 
Elizabeth is also in the room, arranging flowers....
Kinda wierd





Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers {in- progress}
James Aponovich
oil on canvas





Next week.....Sweatin' the Details

Thursday, February 28, 2019

PAINTING IN PROGRESSION ( week 7)


P.I.P.

PAINTING IN PROGRESSION





Week 7

STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
(in-progress)

James Aponovich


THE UNDERLYING SUPER STRUCTURE OF VISUAL RHYTHM

( The Secrets of the Universe Revealed)

BUT...

"It don't mean a thing
If it ain't got that swing."
-D. Ellington





For anybody who has had the misfortune to see me dance, it would
have become painfully obvious that I do not possess any body rhythm.
I was a massive disappointment to my mother.
Fortunately, visual rhythm is another matter...







Leon Battista Alberti was a Florentine author, party boy , and most importantly, 
an architect. He, with some other guys created in Florence what we
now call the Renaissance. Although he was an important Theoretician,
he designed the beautiful facade of Santa Maria Novella, not far
from the not so beautiful train station in Florence.


YEAH, SO?
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN PROFESSOR WIDGIT?




3 : 4


That means that this painting is a horizontal, 3 : 4  ratio, more or less.
It can be divided into three horizontal sections and four verticals. Draw
some triangles and fill them with stuff. It's alright I guess, a bit stiff
and static....kinda clumsy, like the guy who can't dance.




9 : 12 : 16


Alberti decided to spice things up, so he incorporated
Renaissance Musical Consonances into the equation
and created a rhythm that still rocks.

9 : 12 equals 3 : 4
12 : 16 equals 3 : 4






So instead of having the vase dead center, it is just off to the left.
A triangle drawn from it's top to the sides incorporates all of  the 'stuff'
like a broad umbrella.



SUPPORTING VERTICAL COLUMNS



To the leftist a pyramid of objects. While....



it is countered on the right by a slightly larger one.
At the intersection of the two lines is the
'Golden Section Point'....
where I placed the Full Moon.





As an anchor I've added a fourth, smaller triangle with
a single Agapanthus flower....
to end the sentence, so to speak.




Coming next week-
Lost In Space

Sunday, February 17, 2019

P.I.P. PAINTING IN PERPETUITY ( week 6)






STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
( And even more stuff)

Painting In Progress
week 6

JAMES APONOVICH






" Oh, It' you again"

Remember that old cartoon of a prisoner scratching six lines on the
cell wall and the seventh line through them.... One week down...
Let's just say the bloom is starting to fade with this painting.
'Chained to the easel', all day, everyday.



" Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, 
but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
-Winston Churchill 



IT'S A MATTER OF VALUE




So far I have been thinking a lot about color and it's effects,
but value ( light /dark) comes with it and it's starting to raise its head.

To counter the brilliance of the yellow ( light), I have introduced
another cloth underneath which is blue (dark). So, as the yellow can
soar to great heights, blue can descend to almost black. There is a
reason ( I think) for all that pattern, but I will get to that later.          





As deep in value as blue is, it can also ascend to be light and
celestial. Blue can move around quite a bit, but yellow
doesn't want to.









So, aside from some final fussing, the bottom third of the painting
is finished, like a massive chord of music...full and rich.
Now, I must try and compose the melody with the ever-present 'stuff'.
....It is a Still Life after all.





Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers ( in -progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 40"x 52"




Until Next Week.....................




Monday, February 11, 2019

P.I.P. Painting in Purgatory.....week 5 / Painting in Progress



STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
(and Lots of Cloth)

Painting-In-Progress

James Aponovich




DEEP IN THE WEEDS

This week has been the week of never-ending fabric.....
Everyday, all day .




Cloth Before 



Cloth After



YELLOW
THE CELESTIAL COLOR

In Ancient China if you as a Commoner dared wear yellow you could be rewarded by
having your head cut off, immediately. It is Heaven's color and only
The Emperor was allowed to wear it. So it's best not to add it to your wardrobe.





Yellow is very difficult to control. It rises to the most brilliant light
and it sinks to a muddy dark mess. No other color is as hard to handle.
You know a beautiful yellow when you see it, and a bad yellow screams.





So, with all this yellow on my hands I turn to it's opposite, violet
for some counter balance. And since the yellow wants to go green, 
I must choose red-violet.




Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers ( in-progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 40" x 52"



Until next week................



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