Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Kiss

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

She says, "You were always a good egg" , and plants a wet Valentine's Day kiss upon his hard exterior shell. Although he always tried to put up a tough front, she knew that inside he was just an old softie.

A rule in art is to avoid a tangent. A definition of tangent: touching and not intersecting a curve or curved surface at one and only one point: said of a line or plane. This is also known as "kissing". Rules are made to be broken, or at least bent.

For this painting, I was experimenting with chromatic black and the beautiful grays they can produce. Check it out here.

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Proverbs 26:24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit.

15 comments:

  1. Beautifully done, Dean, and thanks to the pointer on chromatic black. Egss have a beautiful shape and you did a great job of rendering believable spheres. Have you visited Katharine Cartwright's blog where she not only sparks great intellectual discussions about art, but also shows her lovely "cracked eggs" series. She is a workshop instructor with an impressive art background. Her blog is here: http://k-cartwright.blogspot.com/
    Our friends Mike Bailey and Myrna Wacknov have weighed in on some topics.

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  2. Beautiful colors with chromatic black, something I must try someday.

    I remember the kissing rule when in art school...isn't it fun to break rules and still have the painting turn out? Great job, Dean!

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  3. Nice work! never heard of that rule...but glad you broke it:-)

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  4. Love em, love em Dean!! You are awesome at breaking rules...I'm hungry for an omelet!! Thanks!

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  5. Eggs!! Nature's perfect food - (not sure if the chickens would agree) but I love eggs and they're notoriously difficult to paint.

    But not by you!

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  6. And you have just proven that rules can and should be broken. Very well done, Dean!!!

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  7. You're talented, educated and a teacher. Love this. Such a different tangent from your vibrant colors. It's quite a classy look!

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  8. What form! Beautiful job, my friend.

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  9. I'm just glad you broke the rules and not the eggs. What a mess that would have been... :-)

    What a great study of chromatic black. I have not used the color black except as a gesso in several years, and I don't miss it...

    -Don

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  10. Wonderful, Dean, and thank's a lot for the useful links and advise!

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  11. The colors are stunning and I love the bit of contrasting underpainting that peeks through. Off to check out that link!

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  12. Hi, Mary...thanks for the kind words.
    I'm a follower of Katharine Cartwright's blog. She does wonderful work and I love her cracked egg series!

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  13. Beautiful! Love the way you kept the eggs and bowl mostly monochromatic and then have all that great peachy ground topped with the aquas and blues peaking through.

    "Kissing" really works in this. That's my favorite spot! Thanks for breaking the rules.

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  14. really nice Dean. I love to see how various artists handle whites. This one has a wonderful glow to it

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  15. Hi Dean, it brings to mind the sculpture of Brancusi! Nice thoughtful work.We see lots of greyscale as well with all the snow falling everywhere.....

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