Monday, January 25, 2010

VERN SCHWARZ - Bike Break


This is my first contribution for The Flying Moleskins, and the recipient of this oil on paper, is that very fine gentleman and wonderful artist, Dean Haven. I had the pleasure of speaking with Dean the other day, and he is a very engaging fellow who is great fun to compare notes with. Dean, I hope you like it, and I hope it folds well (after it dries), and does all the right stuff to look good in your moleskin book. This is from a photo I took while in Germany, and I plan to do a couple more from this trip. So fellow moleskinners, if you'd like something along these lines, chime in now. By the way, I first sprayed the pages with Kamar varnish (thanks James Parker), and then gave it two coats of gesso.

13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful piece Vern.
    i would love to see one in my book. Go Vern go!
    Love it!

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  2. Great one, Vern! I really like your cyclists.

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  4. I love it Vern! Great composition and colors. Thanks for repeating James' tip about the Kamar.

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  5. Vern, your trip to Germany is paying off. You doing some fabulous paintings from it.
    I guess as he pedaled from the previous picture he got tired......
    I love this piece too = )

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  6. Love it, love it, love it...what else can I say?!

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  7. I'm chiming in, I would love one of your souvenirs from the Germany trip. This one is super. I love the tranquil look on his face, just a trace of a contented smile after a long ride. I was looking up close and your subtleties are right on. Beauty!

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  8. Well, my theme is places of all kind and all I'm saying is Germany is some kind of a place!
    Great composition, love the way you balanced the warm browns with the pop of green, also really like that his shirt is green, good balance.

    I did not see (can't find) James' explanation on Kamar varnish, is it necessary to use it before gesso?

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  9. I'm chiming in too. These European paintings are gorgeous...can't wait to see more. I lived in Germany for a few years (almost twenty years ago)...nice memories.

    I also like the repetition of the green in the bike and shirt.

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  10. Wow! Thanks, Vern! I'm excited! This is excellent. You sure got a lot of info in for such a small painting.
    Once again, thanks for such a great entry to start my book off!
    ps Enjoyed the phone call!

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  11. This is gorgeous. I love everything about it! Bravo!

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  12. Thanks everyone so much for the great comments. I definitely feel inspired to continue with this theme, and look forward to marking up everyone else's books...ha!

    Angela, I'm not entirely sure about this, but on the lighter weight paper I think it helps. I didn't use it on the 140lb. watercolour paper, and it didn't curl or do any other nasty tricks.

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