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The original drawing was done in charcoal.  Mine was done in pencil.  I feel that I drew the hip a little too high on the right side but overall, I’m pleased with this little study.

The illustration was taken from his remarkably useful book: The Human Figure.  I would recommend anyone who is serious about drawing to pick this little gem up.

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I have always felt that Ingres must have studied this painting before executing his own wonderful masterpiece…I’ll leave you to guess which painting I might be talking about!

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Artists need solitude.  Too much time is wasted on the pose, playing the part, attempting to seduce the world at large with a glittering surface.
Solitude is necessary if you wish to cut through the noise of expectation, self image and desire.

An effort must also be made to avoid the false echo of private romance. It may charm but indulging it will only serve to hamper if not entirely prevent the possibility of forming an authentic relationship between the observer and the observed.  In its place we would have every kind of conceptual shackle foisted upon a world that would otherwise freely yield, without coercion, a host of conceptions and ideas, harmonizing the many facets of its own nature to our own level of understanding and ability as painters.

Artists also need one another.  They need friendship.  They need criticism that can be learned from and admiration that strengthens rather than corrupts.  This becomes especially important when one’s work is critiqued as there is no guarantee that it will be assessed by highly competent and constructive critics.  It is more likely that you will be either pointlessly trashed or stupidly celebrated. 

That being said…

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A friend of mine suggested that it would be a good idea to show some of my older pieces feeling that much of what I had painted in the past can still be enjoyed.  So, short of putting everything up I thought a small sample would do.  Here it is.

Joseph Dawson, oil   Joseph Dawson, oil 2Joseph Dawson, oil 3  Joseph Dawson, oil 4 Joseph Dawson, oil 5

When I painted these, I used quick drying mediums, cotton canvasses and soft flat brushes, building up my paintings in a manner closely resembling that of an Alla prima painter. (Alla prima means “at once”, a painting style that is done in a quickly-executed wet-into-wet fashion for faster results)

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self portrait

I painted this when I was at a loose end.  I wanted to paint someone and having no one but myself around at the time, I thought it might be instructive to do a self portrait.

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small_corner_studio

This corner of my studio is where most of my painting gets done; not that I’m in the habit of working by candle light mind you- It was days end when I took this photo and by that time (Imagine any late hour you like) I’ve usually faced whatever I’ve been working on towards the wall (well, the bookcase really) before settling down to read or perhaps enjoy some podcast or other – The H.P. Lovecraft LiteraryPodcast and A Podcast to the Curious ( mood lighting is absolutely necessary here) being current favorites of mine.

Memento_Gorey_blog

The above painting – Memento Gorey -was done in oils ( my preferred medium for oh so many reasons) : please note the cat bounding towards the oil lamp.

The first time I saw anything like Gorey’s art was when I was a child.  There I’d be, legs crossed and upright on the floor, as close to the television as my parents would allow while they, sitting behind me on the couch, settled in to watch Masterpiece Mystery Theatre.  The show itself held little enough interest for me but that comfortably macabre black and white animation that inaugurated the proceedings held me enthralled ( and still does – croquet in the rain, falling masonry, giant urns.  Brilliant!)

Here it is:   Theme from “Mystery!”

amphigorey

gorey_cat

Here is a photograph of all the Amphogorey(s) I’ve got (and a picture of the cat that served as a kind of creative germ).  The books are not terribly collectable but that just means I’m free to enjoy them all the more.  It’s nice to see a well loved book on the shelves.

Incidentally, the painting in the header: Writers Block, oh the Horror! – another oil painting of mine – sums up the occasional uncertainty I feel when I have to commit my thoughts to paper *ahem* and so I thought it an appropriate enough image.

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