"We are all one substance involved in the same terrible struggle, turning matter into spirit."...Zorba the Greek

Monday, December 05, 2005

Color-Massing Technique

COLOR-MASSING TECHNIQUE © (a brief explanation)...
Color-mass painting is the exact opposite of drawing. Just because artists use brushes, doesn't mean that they're painting. However, when scrubbing with a brush, from the center moving out, an edge can be created by juxtaposing one color spot next to another.

Acrylic technique (detail) A©
(detail © 2000 C.Berk)

Placing a light against a dark, a cool against a warm, vague next to defined, a contour will emerge.

Acrylic technique (detail) B© flickralbum_cover
(detail © 2001 C.Berk)

Without filling in between lines, colors truly interact and the paint develops a visual life of its own...breathing undulating until each color functions to the individual artist's temperament.

Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Drawings

figure.study
I try to do some quick sketches before a day of painting. Many of them turn out better than the painting itself. Click on this sketch to view other drawings. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Studio Paintings

studioB
Sometimes, when I don't like a pose, I'll paint fellow artists painting the model. Here the studio is not a class. There is no instruction...just fellow artists sharing the cost of a model. Click on this painting to view other studio work. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Pencil Sketchbook

male_portrait1©
Here are some pencil sketches that I thought would be of interest. Although a few, due to delicate line, were difficult to digitize, I still felt them important to post. By clicking on the above portrait, you'll find examples of contour, gesture, value, volume, etc. ...traditional exercises practiced by many artists. Feel free to add your comments or questions.

Portrait paintings

Loretta
When a model has an interesting expression, I may paint a portrait. Over the past 25 years, I’ve done many contemporary portraits, often of the same model. Click on this portrait and you’ll find some models who have aged in paint. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Pen, Ink & Wash

studioD
There are times when I will work with ink...these paintings are fast, intuitive and utilize a wet in wet technique. Click on this painting to view other Pen, Ink & Wash. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Friday, July 22, 2005

Figurative Paintings

RH_01b
If the model takes a pose with attitude I’ll concentrate on body language. It’s not easy finding an interesting pose that’s natural without being self conscious. These paintings are done live...never from photographs. Click on this painting to view other figurative work. Please leave your comments, questions, etc. below. (More artwork, by theme, will be posted soon.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Summer Strings

Summer_Strings_05©
"Summer Strings" • 9" x 12" unframed • acrylic on Bristol
© 2005 C.Berk

Today's painting...an alla prima acrylic on Bristol.
I cropped this grouping from an entire orchestra because of the intensity of these guys warming-up. Some bold colors with loose brushwork are used, in hope of enhancing kinetic energy that anticipates the evening's performance.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Painting Demonstration

Retro
Retro Bar NYC • acrylic on bristol • 14" x 17" unframed • ©2006 C.Berk
Okay, here's an online attempt to demonstrate how I paint by using the Direct Massing in Technique. By clicking on this painting, you will be taken to a (simplistic) six step process. Please leave any comment or questions below.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

On Exhibit at Salmagundi Club, NYC

Harvey 04
"HARVEY 04" • 25" x 22" framed • © 2004 C.Berk

This painting will be on exhibit with the (NSPCA) National Society Of Painters In Casein And Acrylic at their 52nd Annual Show...
>>> Place: SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 47 5th Avenue, New York City, USA
>>> Dates: JULY 8th - 22nd, 2005
Five years ago I submitted, to the same show, an earlier portrait of Harvey that received a nice award from Philip Pearlstein. You can view that painting too by clicking on the following link. >>> Harvey 00