Painting Before Baltimore

It’s been a race against time to finish the last few paintings in my studio before I head back up to Baltimore for MFA classes at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Things got trippy in my studio with lots of spirals happening in my latest paintings.

I was able to snap a few progress shots of my first circular panel piece, all sculpted oil on wood.

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And the finished piece:

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It came out just as expected from my sketches from my residency at Morris Graves Foundation (which rarely happens in my studio!) The palette is very candy-like (taffy, anyone???). It’s 24 inch diameter panel, so a good size in comparison to my past sculpted paintings.

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They’re so good, you could ride those oil waves!

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It made my day when I finally had the chance to see my bus billboard in person on the highway in Tampa recently. It still never ceases to make me giggle seeing that!

Today is my last day in Tampa until August, but I look forward to 7 weeks of intense studio time in Maryland.

-Caitlin

White Crease/Grassy Field

White Crease/Grassy Field

White Crease/Grassy Field, 8 x 8 x 1 in, sculpted oil on panel, 2015

This piece must have been an omen for the weather recently in Florida, it’s been pouring rain the past few weeks here! Like the main color in this new painting, all of the grass and trees are a bright, vibrant green. This was the last painting I made before I started my first MFA summer session at MICA. Hope everyone else is staying dry!

-Caitlin

Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes

Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes Big Brown Peel/Purple Scrapes, 13 x 11.5 x 2 in, oil on panel, 2015

I’m just finally starting to get my feet on the ground after finishing my first intense 6-week summer at MICA for the low-residency MFA program, so I am just getting around to documenting all of my new works. Here is one of my favorite pieces made in Baltimore, and I am surprised that it made it home in one piece with that large flap of oil paint hanging precariously off the edge!

-Caitlin

Altered Beard

I’ve been missing my brushes lately, especially my bristle brushes. I used to dislike them because they are pretty stiff when I wanted to do fine detail. Now, I am finding a love for them because they really are great in applying a lot of paint, and leave lovely drag-marks as I rake through the oils.

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Here is my initial portrait on an 8×8 inch panel.

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Yummy brush texture.

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After a few days of drying, I can finally start the cutting process.

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Looking back, I should have left it at this stage here. I like the empty bottom corner to show the thickness of the paint compared to the surface of the panel. There’s always next portrait!

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And finished!

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The cool color palette of the 6 layers of paint works well with the warm skin tones, I hope to do a few more male portraits like this one coming up after I finish the diptych I’m currently working on. Have a great afternoon!

-Caitlin