DETROIT STORIES... ORIGINAL SMALL OIL PAINTINGS
OF DETROIT BY STEPHEN MAGSIG
Stephen, I may be imagining it but I seem to notice a change in your work in recent weeks. More depth in the compositions and a brighter more open feel overall. Brilliant work, as always.
Thanks Bill, I guess after doing about 350 of the small paintings I'm finally starting to get it. I have been looking at Rackstraw Downes work, and maybe I have moved back a little from my subject, creating more landscape and sky. I am paying more attention to the composition, thanks for noticing.Which would account for the light. Wait to you see tomorrows, back to the darkness.
It's interesting that along with the slight shift in formal concerns, there's a sense of foreboding in some of the brighter paintings that's even stronger than the nocturnes. For instance "Brush Park Shadows" gave me the unnerving feeling that someone might step out of the weeds and hit me in the back of the head with a tire iron.Anyhow I suppose that's a very subjective thing - but they're all a treat to look at on many different levels.
You've got fantastic palette in this one.
Great play of light and dark shadows with dark accents just make the house sing.
Thanks Jim, Sometimes you do feel that way in that area, Detroiters as New Yorkers know how to survey an area to keep safe.I just checked out your blog. wow! what medium are you using for the city paintings? Great work.
Thanks, they're gouache on paper and a few are painted on the computer with a Wacom tablet. Have to tell you though, whenever I check in here and see that easy touch with the opacity and transparency...it really makes me long for oil.
Your right, oils are totally fun to work and move around and layer. " I love the smell oflineseed oil in the morning, it smells like art".I do use a Wacom also for computer work.
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