Monday, November 30, 2009

A Sketch of a Man's Head

A little more than a doodle:

Sketch of a Man's Head, 2009, china marker on Bristol Vellum card, 11" x 8.5".

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shadow Bay chapter 10 is up

After a brief Thanksgiving interlude to slow us down, Shadow Bay chapter 10 is now up on the blog site.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving is over...

Which must mean that Shadow Bay chapter 10 is under way...

Coming soon.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Sinterklaas painting

This is a bit of a departure for me — I just did this smallish painting for the annual Rhinebeck Sinterklaas (old Dutch version of Santa Claus) Festival. They invited me to donate something for the art auction, so here is my version. I think it came out pretty well. I think it's finished, but I might do some more work on it.

Sinterklaas, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 12".

Friday, November 20, 2009

More Shadow

Another image from the soon-forthcoming chapter 9 of Shadow Bay. Maybe tomorrow...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I could use a drink right about now...

Chapter 9 of Shadow Bay is going quite well. Should be up in a day or so. Here's a picture:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chapter 9, continued

The rough drawings for Shadow Bay chapter 9 are now done. Today, I hope, I shall start painting them in & finishing them. I'll post one or two here.

There are 28 artworks in this chapter, so it'll take a while...

Shadow Bay chapter 9

After a hiatus of sorts, I'm back working on Shadow Bay. Here's a rough sketch (to be painted & refined) from chapter 9:

If I can keep up the momentum, the chapter should be up in a few days...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fall of the Tree Man — final version

Here is the finished version of the drawing in the post below:

The Fall of the Tree Man, 2009, brush & ink on paper, 23.5" x 18".

Mostly, I darkened several areas & worked into them a bit more. I could probably continue, but I feel that it's done & enough is enough.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fall of the Tree Man

As it is now Fall (the leaf blower guys were out this morning) & I'm in Tree Man mode (see the previous post), here is a new drawing:

Fall of the Tree Man, 2009, brush & ink on paper, 23.5" x 18".

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Another sketch of the Tree Man

Here is a drawing (sketch, I guess) that I did yesterday & put on my other blog (the one that focuses more on older work), but I thought I'd also put it here. It's another version of my tree man theme, which probably comes from Hieronymus Bosch's tree man in the Garden of Earthly Delights right-hand "Hell" panel, that I used to see when I would visit the Prado.

One Man Forest, 2009, artist marker pen on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sketch of a Head with Eyes Raised

I was just fooling around with a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen (or so it says on the pen barrel) & did this little drawing of a head at the dining table while my kids were doing their homework...came out quite well for a sketch. Maybe it'll become a painting or something sometime.

Sketch of a Head with Eyes Raised, 2009, artist pen on paper, 11" x 8.5".

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Magnus Magazine

For anyone interested, I'm mentioned in the UK-based online magazine for creative types, Magnus.

Here is the link:

There is a small gallery of images, a Q&A interview & artist's statement. It's an interesting magazine.

An Ayton Artwork a Day -- Message

The Ayton Artwork a Day blog is now gone. I'm going to be putting up a page on my web site soon with a selection of images from that blog, which will still be available, but at regular prices. Here is one of my favorite pieces from the series:

Winged Colossus Stalking a City, 2009, brush & ink on paper, 10" x 8".

Friday, November 06, 2009

Shadow Bay Again

Here is the finished version of the painting in the somewhat blurry, underexposed photo in the post below (in fact, it was so blurry that I just deleted it):

Shadow Bay, 2009, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 55" x 53" approx.

Done as a promotional piece of sorts, for my upcoming open studio on Saturday.

The link to the Shadow Bay blog:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Studio update

After taking the photos in the post below, I've decided to switch out the large monochrome "Wasteland" painting (from the Black Paintings series) with the one below, "The Coming Storm." I may change it yet again before Saturday, of course...

The Coming Storm, 1999, acrylic on unstretched canvas, approx. 6' x 9'.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Virtual Tour of my Studio

I spent most of today organizing my studio for a small event on Saturday -- a little cocktail party/open studio for some friends. The studio is almost ready -- I want to do one new piece to round it off (I'll post that in a day or so, I hope), but here are some flash photos I just took in the studio, to give you an idea of the layout & what is on the walls right now -- basically, a selection of work both old & new...

The main pieces in this shot are Duino Elegy 10 (1999) on the left & Narcissus in the Pool (around 2006) on the right.

Main piece: Duino Elegy 3 (1999), on the easel is Babel from 2004.

The main artworks are: Orpheus Rising (2004), The Last Minotaur (1997) & Lost Empire (2006.)

Main images: Leaning Figure (2006) & Duino Elegy 2 (1999.)

Main image: The Wasteland from The Black Paintings, 1999.

Above the door: Menowar, 2007.

Various small paintings. [note: I seem to have photographed an "orb" above the 3rd painting from the left on the wall -- I assume it's just a speck of dust caught in the flash...]

The painting to the left of the French doors is Woman & Object, 1994. The flash didn't work properly here.

Some art materials.

I apologize that the quality of the photos is not wonderful, but hope that they are interesting from a documentary viewpoint. If you click on the photos, you will see somewhat bigger versions.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

With Head in Hands

It's been a few days since I put something new on this blog, so here is a sketch:

With Head in Hands, 2009, marker sketch on paper, 11" x 8.5".