Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stone Maiden

The Stone Maiden is a 20x16" painting, still wet, done for a Black and White show at the Salmagundi Club in New York.
For so many years, I was a pencil artist and saw the world in terms of its values. Since becoming a painter, I have employed that knowledge but added hue and chroma. I still draw a lot but it's not often that I paint in black and white. It was a lesson in restraint. The stone statue that I was painting was white, but the color in the pits and moss shadows was so enticing, it was all I could do to keep myself from dipping my brush into the colors, just to tell you how beautiful it was!
Anyway, Black and White, by definition, restricted such indulgence.
Still, both my black and my white have colors in them.


  1. WOW! I am so very moved studying every inch of this beautiful painting. Did not realize how very captivating a black and white could be. You are very inspiring with your accomplishments. Keep keeping-on!

  2. BEAUTIFUL! Most impressive glow. Did not realize how incredible black and white composition could be. Value contrast very diverse.
    Keep up the good work and growth process!

  3. Thank you so much for taking time to comment, it means a lot to me.