Foliage. I am sick of foliage. All day today (15 hours in the studio), all day yesterday, and probably all day tomorrow. Foliage! I’ve painted every leaf the whole damn forrest!
Gorgeous stuff Scott. I look forward to seeing some in person sometime. Couldn’t help but notice a little Silverlake in the background!
Yep, Silverlake snuck into the background. But nobody should try to find their house. The Hessquake shuffled the architecture rather dramatically.
This will show at Koplin Del Rio Gallery (Culver City, CA), in a group exhibition opening September 8th. The group theme is narrative.
Scott, your energy and the sheer ambition, skill, and compositional complexity of your work is amazing. Looking at what you’ve posted over time, I can think of no other artist who has maintained work at such a high level.
Thank you very much, Richard. It helps to have started doing this at a young age, and being able to paint uninterrupted for most of 35 years. In this piece I’m kind of surprising myself that I still have the stamina to go 15 hours without much of a break. I’m 20 again!
Here comes Botticelli’s workshop version. They didn’t spent so much time on the foliage. A lot of time has passed since then, but “money can’t buy me love”, as Sir Paul sang.
Well, at least the artist’s union paid you time and a half and overtime for your sunday hours, right? I hope you don’t have to pull all nighters-that business is better suited for college kids than us/we AARP dudes. Oh, and the foliage looks lush and quite pretty.
Yep, overtime pay of minus 7 dollars an hour. I was working so hard I forgot to go in and watch Breaking Bad at ten.
I agree, its amazing. It is really wonderful to be able to watch this take shape. I was surprised to watch the foliage take shape. You actually worked light to dark? Am I correct that you laid down a general bright chromatic impression and then subsequently added a darker, definition and individual shaping of the leaves? Hey, are they riding/running through Griffith Park?!Duh – I had forgotten I could enlarge the paintings! Then I could notice all the definition you added over the “blur” of color you had laid beneath the foliage. Additionally I noticed the Juniper Trees in the background and the reservoir/lake. Distinctly Hollywood Hills I’d say!
I’ve invented the landscape, but I walk in Griffith Park several times a week. Silverlake was in mind for the reservoir, but the houses are invented.
I laid down a patchwork of mostly earth tones, with a range of tonalities. Some turquoise, too. When it was dry I went back in and started doing the dark negative shapes. In some areas, before doing the negative darks, I’d lay in more distinct leaves and stalks, then paint around those too, being sure to leave some of that original earth tone next to it. Glazing, some midtone color, and highlights will pull it all together.
It is a feast to the eye and looks scrumptious. All these details separates the work of masters. You are becoming one.
Nastagio's Breakfast, Day 9
Day 9 (8/5/12)
F Scott Hess (b. 1955)
oil on canvas
46 × 54 inches.
Available at Koplin Del Rio Gallery