More Paintings from the Fall of 2015

Here are some more paintings from last fall. These are all 8″ x 10″, done in acrylics on board that I gessoed myself to a slightly rough texture.

Once again, each painting comes from some scene in my life – read the captions to find out more.


15 thoughts on “More Paintings from the Fall of 2015

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    This is the stage just before standing up, glaring down the street, and muttering something about the bus that is not very friendly, right?

    I took the picture of these two guys but I’ve seen the same scenario over and over again along the main street of our little suburb town area – there are several bus stops along it and at each one, the people change but the postures and so on remain the same. I find it fascinating.

  2. memadtwo

    Claudia, you are so darned good. The subject matter, the colors, the composition–you’ve got it all. These are wonderful. N.

  3. Laura (PA Pict)

    These are all great! I am particularly drawn to the one of the cars in a line, I think because all the asymmetrical elements are pleasing to me, and I also especially like the last one of the man walking because of the calming neutrals arranged in geometrical shapes and the little organic figure shape disrupting them.

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    I think this is incredibly nice of you to tell me, thank you!

    I really think it shows that persistence and practice pay off, plus – I do enjoy portraying everyday life around me, as I think there is something interesting on every corner.

    Extra thank you.

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I do like paint, and painting, and how it feels to paint! Plus, I enjoy painting these subjects – everyday life is what I know!

  6. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, I remember when I used to do collage and I never incorporated people, because I was unsure how to do it, and what liveliness they added when I had the courage to try. This piece is certainly better for its inclusions.

    And the cars. Well, you know how I love cars. These are from a picture I took from my own car waiting at the light. Yes I was driving, but I was stopped at the time. Lucky to get the the shot, I thought, and I loved doing the painting.

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I remember thinking, after I took the picture, where is that bus, anyway, and I looked back down the street. I didn’t see it either and I was glad I wasn’t waiting, because it was a hot summer day.

  8. debiriley

    these are wonderful paintings that have a serenity to them in the midst of the busy city life I find fascinating. I love the shapes and designs, and your use of tonal value contrasts is Amazing.
    Small works are every bit as vital and stunning as the big pieces, and perhaps more challenging to do at times. I love yours. 🙂

  9. Claudia McGill Post author

    Oops, missed this comment somehow, sorry to be getting to it late. Thank you. I like doing smaller pieces better than larger ones and always have, although people, curators, people running exhibits, etc., always urge larger ones, for various reasons. I like doing paintings in a series as well and smaller ones let me look at just a little scene but integrate it into a larger interest. It’s more fun for me that way, anyway!

  10. debiriley

    yes, I enjoy the smaller as well. Curators have their own ‘agendas’ and people might Like to look at big; but not want to Pay…the price for bigger works. LOL

  11. Claudia McGill Post author

    I think the bigger works in many exhibits are meant to draw the patron in and then they say, I must have, but the budget… and buy smaller, maybe. But then I’ve seen large works sell and smaller ones not, in my own booth, at art fairs and so on that I sell myself. I can’t figure it out so – I’ll just do what fits the mood and see what happens.

  12. debiriley

    I know, its pretty fickle these days. Randomness and uncertainty in clients probably a side effect of what is going on in the world around us, I think…..

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