Friday, November 16, 2012

Palette Colors of the Masters

During my recent trip to Europe, I used the Brushes app on my iPad to capture the colors of works of masters like Cezanne, Courbet, Zurbarron, etc. These swatches are like the DNA of a masterpiece, and my attempt to synthesize complex, and often extremely large, compositions into a simpler, more understandable form.

It was an amazing (almost surreal) experience to be standing directly across from these works trying to penetrate and unravel their mystery, and my attempts often drew a curious crowd of museum visitors trying to sort out what was going on, and get their heads around the fact I was using my iPad to do it!

These are the color swatches I picked by eye and drew by hand in the Brushes app on my iPad while getting up close and personal to masterworks in some of the finest museums in Europe. 
From Musee D'Orsay:
"Baigneuse A' La Vache Rouge"
Emile Bernard, 1887
From Musee D'Orsay:
"Vue de Toits"
Gustave Caillebotte, 1878
From Musee D'Orsay:
"Nature Morte A' La Bouilloure"
Cezanne, 1867-69
From Musee D'Orsay:
"La Falaise D'Etrat Apres L'Orage"
Gustave Courbet, 1870
From Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Madrid:
"Portrait of a Woman"
Lucas Cranach, 1539
From Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía / Madrid:
"La Fabrica Dormida"
Daniel Vazquez Diaz, 1925 
From Musée de l'Orangerie / Paris:
Monet, 1920-26
From Musée de l'Orangerie / Paris:"Le Boeuf E'Corche"
Chaim Soutine, 1925 
From Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza / Madrid:
"Santa Casilda"
Francisco de Zurbarán, 1640-45

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Making of The Aero Series, Vol. 1

Some shots of me working in the studio and the development of specific Aero paintings in stages.

Aero No. 10 (A Painting in 4 Acts)
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 16"

Aero No. 12 Triptych (Work In Progress)
Mixed media on paper
78 x 26" (Each 26 x 26")

Aero No. 12 Triptych (Left Panel Progression in 3 Steps)

Aero No. 12 Triptych (Center Panel Progression in 3 Steps)

Working on the Aero No. 12 Triptych on paper

Aero No. 3 (Three Stage Progression)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
24 x 10"

Working in Aero No. 3

Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36"

The Aero Series Limited Palette

Aero No. 5 (A Painting in 3 Acts)
Mixed media on canvas
5 x 25"

Aero No. 6 (A Painting in 3 Acts)
Mixed media on canvas
5 x 25"

Aftermath of the creation of Aero No. 5 and 6

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"Aero No. 0" / Original oil painting for purchase

Photography Prints

This "Aero No, 0", an original oil painting from my Aero Series. The price includes shipping & handling within the U.S. The Aero Series is a collection of over 2 dozen paintings featuring skyscapes, cloudscapes, and terrascapes inspired from my first ever trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2008. Since that trip, I've captured thousands of photos of skies and the terrain 30,000 feet below and have committed to turning the best of these into original impressionistic paintings. Highly abstract, brilliantly colorful, and incorporating geometry on the ground that is often natural as much as man made, these will be a unique and exciting collection of painted images.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Reyes Fine Art :: Closeup

This is a precursor to some visuals I will be adding to my website in the coming weeks and the beginnings of a much bigger project that is an audio/visual presentation about the inspiration and evolution of my work over the past 10 years.

This video scrolls through paintings and sculptures I've created, and in some cases in extreme closeup of a vignette within the work itself. Often one can find "paintings" within paintings.

All the works presented here span the figure, the still life, the landscape, the urbanscape, and the abstract. At first look they may seem different, yet upon closer inspection there are similarities in shapes, color, and texture which link them and make them unmistakably a creation of Reyes Fine Art. Enjoy looking for the "genetic links" of these members of my artistic family.