Saturday, August 21, 2010

Expressions, Alla Prima

I've been painting in small format lately, to maximize my time v. production ratio, and also because small can be better sometimes for "viewing fun".

Two oil sketches are shown here-- both depict men-at-arms seated, but with altogether different expressions.

One image is of an Afghan National Police man sitting, smiling (he was greeting a Marine patrol as it returned to the Police station near Garmsir).

The other image is of a Marine sitting, exhaused, after some good, hard live-fire training in the heat of the Mojave Desert.

I enjoyed creating both paintings, as they show emotion, and the format allowed me to be expressive with the paint application, working quickly and wet-on-wet to achieve a bit of intensity in the form, to accent the emotion of the subject.

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