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................



copyright 2019 James Aponovich
all rights reserved



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

P.T.P. / PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN... week 4







STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS ( and stuff)
James Aponovich


PAINTING IN PROGRESS
week 4



Before




After


It's Halftime but no break here. The canvas is covered with paint.
All the elements are at least sketched in, others further along.
At this point....

 "It is what it is."
- B. Belichick

This week I will paint the cloth in...not so easy...the 'fun' part is over.






Town sketched


The landscape is just emerging. It's Italy for sure, but more of
a composite of various places that have played an influential role
in my life; Val D'Orcia, the Tuscan Garfangnana, and of course, our
home, Umbria.



Town finished


My fanciful take on 'Our Town', Panicale, overlooking
Lake Trasimeno.



Looks like the Wolfman ( Goethe) was right with the Primary Chord
of yellow (cloth), blue (vase), and red (raspberries)
balanced by green.
Red tends to want to be the Schoolyard Bully so it's best to
use it sparingly. It has quite a punch, a little goes a long way.



Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers ( in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas




Until next week......



Monday, January 28, 2019

Painting In Peril : Painting in Progress ( week 3)

MONTALCINO: STILL LIFE WITH THREE GROUPS OF FLOWERS
James Aponovich






FIDDLING and DIDDLING


YESTERDAY....



TODAY...


Montalcino: Still Life with Three Groups of Flowers   (Painting in progress)
James Aponovich
Oil on canvas


Well the painting is getting kinda grundgy, so I guess it's time to
clean things up a bit. That means organising a background , in this case
a sky.
This particular background is both a:



1.   Clear sky
and
2.  A whole lot of the color blue.





When we look we see a blue sky. O.K., let's move on, but , in my work a
sky is usually seven or more colors / values. We call it , " an all day
painting job." It is difficult but boy, it makes an impact.




This is where the going gets a little tough. With the sky painted it's
time to start balancing the colors. So far the dominate colors
are blue ( vase and sky), and yellow ( cloth and ribbon). So to
complete a Primary 'Chord' of color red is needed and lots of it!





It is time to begin shifting these pesky hydrangeas to pink.




Right now the fourth color is green ( leaves). Black and white
don't count yet. With green added to yellow, red and blue we
have Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's 'Primary Chord'.
Not so fast Wolfie, we  have orange here.....
I have a feeling things will change yet again.





Until next week.....




Wednesday, January 23, 2019

PAINTING IN PROGRESS ( week 2) - James Aponovich

MONTALCINO: STILL LIFE WITH GROUPINGS OF FLOWERS







'THE FRITTATA'


 Montalcino: Still Life with Groupings of Flowers ( Painting in progress)
James Aponovich
oil on canvas, 40" x 52" ( subject to change)



'Frittata', it is what the Italians call 'a mess'. I am trying to build the
foundation of this painting with the three groupings.
The leaves are not burnt, it is an underpainting in earth reds.
It will give the greens  more vibrancy.






This vase is first painted in just whites to develop the shape. The cloth is
painted 'alla prima' or directly. ( without underpainting)




The white vase now with color and pattern begins to take some shape.





The Cloisonné vase has been drawn and underpainted.
I thought the snazzy red color would work, but now I am
trying to find  balance with the colors, so it might change.





Until next week.....








Tuesday, January 15, 2019

PIP ( Painting In Progress)


WEEK 1

STILL LIFE WITH A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF






SKETCH


James Aponovich
Pencil on paper



Most paintings begin with a vague idea, usually when you are in
the shower. This particular idea, though, came from my 
wife, Beth, " Why don't you paint..."
The concept is quickly sketched onto any paper available, an
envelope, paper napkin, anything. For some reason it is called a 
'Thumbnail' sketch, but I can't recall ever drawing on my thumb.
It then may be developed on better paper.....If one can't wait...I can't



Painting in Progress
ON CANVAS




Looking around the studio, I found a canvas more or less the size I
want. The painting is a 3:4 ratio ( 36"x 48"), or as they say in the
furniture business, 'a four footer', just right for over the couch.
I'll spare you the agonisingly boring technical stuff, let's just say the
drawing is now on the canvas, in pencil.



HYDRANGEAS


These flowers are painted first because they are such a pain to get just
right. Petal after petal. This is an underpainting, that's why the
guy on the left is grey, the rest turning to pink.
Who knows what color they will be in the end.
Now everything is fluid. This is the fun part.



CLOTH


This shows the cloth. This particular cloth is Busatti, my old reliable
Tuscan workhorse. But, as much as I love it, it's another pain to paint.
Now, just take a deep breath and start......

-James Aponovich






Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A DRIVE IN TUSCANY ( Bagno Vignoni)




In Italy, Autumn can take you by surprise with an
astonishing amount of rain, which means that you don't
take the sunny days for granted, you make the most of them.
Since Tuscany is only a twenty minute drive from Panicale
Elizabeth and I decide to 'fare una gita', take a day
trip to the Val d'Orcia in Tuscany.




The road between Pienza and San Quirico d'Orcia is not just getting from point A to point B, it is a panoramic theatre
at its very best.



Come here in Spring and the Tuscan hills are green and lush
with new growth.






Return in Autumn for the desert like expanse
punctuated with the oasis of green surrounding villas
dotted with Cypress trees.




OUR DESTINATION,
BAGNO VIGNONI



There are places, if you are fortunate, that find you 
on just the right day.
Bagno Vignoni is just such a place. It's a
Terme (mineral water bath) where people have been
coming to to 'take the waters' for thousands of years.
Relatively recent Italian luminaries such as St. Catherine
of Siena, and the Florentine Lorenzo d'Medici ( Lorenzo
the Magnificent) have bathed here.




IT IS JUST MAGIC


The main piazza is dominated by a large rectangular
piscina (pool) where , fortunately, nobody is
allowed in the water.









There is a smaller more private pool with  a small shrine
to Italy's Patron Saint, St. Catherine.
If one wants, there are numerous spas in the hotels that are
around the town.



St. Catherine's pool





But, as always, now it's time for lunch. We walk to our
favorite restaurant here, Osteria Del Leone
for some 'al fresco' dining.
Pasta and grilled meats or fish.



Osteria Del Leone






Autumn in Tuscany