Painting

NARRATIVE PAINTINGS, FIGURE AND STILL LIFE STUDIES
 
PASSAGES SHOW
The first series below are from my 2011 MFA Thesis Show. At 30 inches by 40 inches, these are large canvases for me. Working at this size presents challenges in design and execution that are very different from working with 3 inch by 5 inch storyboard panels.The size forced me to simplify composition and color choices. I also chose to desaturate the palette to give the color a narrative role by evoking a sense of history.

Compositionally, the paintings are about constructing volumetric space within each image, and creating relationships between the sequential images.

The Big Step, acrylic on canvas, 40 inches by 30 inches.
 

 Flooded, Istmo de Tehuantepec, acrylic on canvas, 40 inches by 30 inches.


Washed Ashore, Salina Cruz, oil on canvas, 30 inches by 40 inches  
 

Executive Order 9346, acrylic on canvas, 40 inches by 30 inches.


Stray Dogs, oil on canvas, 30 inches by 40 inches.



After School, oil on canvas, 30 inches by 40 inches.  


Last Walk, acrylic on canvas, 40 inches by 30 inches.


ART PROCESS - Ongoing study of color value and form. After stripping color out of my work, I'm trying to learn how to push the color composition while keeping a strong sense of form.
FIGURE AND HEAD PAINTING
Monotone 4 value head study








 
TRAINS and TOOLS
Golden Hour--Sunset on black train.

Plein Air Painting, train study.

Black and White train study.



Tool Series.   Taking out and adding  more color into my work. The top study was done with a more saturated palette of Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Red, Hansa Yellow and White . The lower study palette is Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna and White.




FIGURE COLOR STUDIES

Pushing color in Head Studies with Orange, Green lighting gels.  Orange 50 mins, green 35 minutes.





These are three separate quick color sketches of the same Pose. The model sat for three hours.  Each hour the lighting conditions were changed by placing a Viridian, Magenta or Yellow Gel over the main light source.







STILL LIFE COLOR STUDIES

Orange Set Up with contrasting Cool Blues/Greens

Violet Set Up with constrasting Oranges (and some Greens)

Below, making friends with the color red.

Warm yellow light source on red/orange still life.


Cool blue light source on red /orange still life.


All images copyright Danelle Davenport.