New Journal Post for May 7, 2012

Over the weekend I was able to get some good work done on my second painting. The following images are part of the process that occurred over the last couple days. I feel that I am right on track to finish this painting by the time final critique rolls around. It may even have some time to dry a bit before my 15 hr Review that is at the end of the month.

In addition to all the painting I’ve been doing I had a show last week at Foard Gallery in the AT&T building in downtown Jacksonville. I painted two new paintings for the show. Here are some images:

Doxology (The Bathers) Oil and acrylic on Canvas, 48×36 inches

Doxology (The Baptism) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48×36 inches

On a more academic note, in conjunction with all of this painting I’ve been watching more of the videos on the 8 Americans series and I’ve been doing some research into the 18th century British painter Joseph Wright of Derby. I picked up a couple of his articles in JSTOR. Here are some of his more famous works that you may be acquainted with. One of the more intriguing things about Wright of Derby is his use of light sources this pierce his drastically dark scenarios. This use of chiaroscuro creates a more intense drama in these works. The narrative scenes, too, are something to further investigate as I grapple with my own visual language.

Joseph Wright of Derby, Academy by Lamplight

Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump

Joseph Wright of Derby, The Orrery