Monday, December 28, 2020

Happy Beginnings

I've been doing copies of famous (and sort of famous) paintings I like, just to warm myself back up after a long time away. It seems to be working. I'm already getting restless and want to strike out more in my own way.

The warmup after time away has been useful. Good for noticing such things as;

-attention span
-areas of interest or boredom in setting up a piece
-the feeling in the body: arm/hand to eye/thought and their relation to the emotive/inner visual
-motor skills and duration, and the nature of them
-one's internal image and reference bank. Has it changed? What might it be now? What is one's relation to it?
-ability to translate emotive/visual and logic/visual into workable visual tropes on a canvas or piece of paper
-what's interesting to oneself now?

So, with all that going on (as usual), I set out to do a small copy of a Corot from reproduction.

I'm entranced by the original, but right away, I was ferociously bored by the thought of pecking and flitting away at all these minute details - details that were so integrally gestural in the original, it would be an idiotic errand to try and match them. so, i found myself brushing away with washes rather wildly, letting things drip and run  - and enjoying myself!

I think that's a good sign. A Happy Beginning - to setting out, originally, again.





Monday, December 21, 2020

For Sale: a Georges Braque handpainted repro.

For Sale:
A lot of people think that Picasso invented that crazy modern way of painting called Cubism more or less by himself. That couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of people helped (especially the anonymous creators behind they African sculptures he found so inspiring) - but in Paris, his main help was his partner in revolutionizing the way things in painting could be seen: Mr. Georges Braque.
Picasso was violent in his work. Visceral. Rip, tear, rend, etc.
Braque, by contrast was civilized, urbane, more polished.
Still it took the two of them, practically roped together like mountaineers, to crack the accumulated weights and codes of hundreds of years of basic realism. Picasso, after this feat was accomplished, took off to become artist of the century, whereas poor Braque's reputation became a footnote.
Happily, his reputation has been restored.
Here we see a cafe table, where there's a basic sort of arrangement of cafe objects - with hints of newspaper and book headlines showing here and there. It's a refined depiction of a place where a few hours were spent in leisure, near a window, with some engaging things to read.
This is a hand painted reproduction by myself of the original, done to get myself back into painting after a long hiatus.
It measures about 22 x 28" , oil on canvas on a wooden frame.
I'm selling it for $600
If you're interested in buying it, just drop me a line.
Shipping's on me.



For Sale: 'Early Summer'

 For Sale:

Early Summer
2002
Oil On Canvas
36 x 48"
This is a painting I did for my 2002 show at O'Connor Gallery in Toronto. With the exception of the final 'wash' coat, it was actually all painted using palette knives, which was tricky for me, at the time.
It was being sold for $2800 by Dennis O'Connor in 2002.
I'm looking to sell it now for $3000. However, I'm open to a decent offer.
The artist (me!) pays for shipping.



Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Po-Tee-Weet?"

In addition to Facebook, I have taken up Instagram and Twitter.
My twitter profile is quite blank, but the other two are full of stuff.

I'm also setting up my very own website again, at: www.jameshuctwith.com

I am now social media'ing myself into a vaporous stupor.

Links on the right.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Knock, Knock, Braque.


This is a Braque knockoff I'm doing for fun. A lot of my expected ways of working seem to be intact - that's good. My insecurites are too, but, what of that!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Knock it off!

Still working on that new website. Or, more exactly, haven't been lately due to lots of this-and-that going on. Plus no new truly original paintings.

However, I have been painting.

After nearly ten years away, I've picked up the brushes and started working again.

Right now, just to warm up, I'm doing some good-natured knockoffs of early modernist paintings I like.

Robert Delauney's Red Eiffel Tower, a Braque still life, and more on the way...

Here are some pics.





The original repro (bottom) and some pics above it of the 'copy' on the way. More or less life size!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

New Website !

Hello everybody.

I'd like to announce that I'll shortly be opening a new, full website about my work.

Right now, there's little there but a front page announcing that the site is 'under reconstruction'.

Yep. After a long time away.

So, there's not a lot to see now,but there will be shortly.

Hurrah!

James

www.jameshuctwith.com





Friday, August 23, 2019

Father's Milk

A painting of mine has come up for sale. I'm really glad that the current owner is taking care to sell it along.
This painting - of which I'm still enormously fond of - was done in 2003, the year I feel I hit my stride. It was my first large multi-figure composition, and working it out was a complete delight  - from the underlying geometry, to the symbols embedded throughout, to the joy of painting all the bodies of those gents, and having it all come together.

If you are interested in purchasing the piece, simply contact me via e-mail:
jameshuctwith@gmail.com


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Available Work

 Elevation Number 9: 6x4'

 The Banquet: 30x40"


If you're interested, just e-mail me at jameshuctwith@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas, the way it's meant to do.
 Bing Crosby - Hey - Bing! Are you listening?"

-PSB


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Buildup

I think "Why?" and "What of, what for?". "Is this just habit or some sense of duty? How will this relate to the world, mean both something to me and people out there?". 
Then you return to it and get to it, because the only proofs are in the doing...


Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to you and yours, everybody.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Studio Corner, Dec. 2016


G. Kearney, Oil Portrait.


Greg

Oil on panel 
16 x16"
2016

sold




Oil Sketch (Joey Arias)

Joey Arias performing [Barbara Hall park, Toronto]


Oil sketch
Oil on gessoed wood panel
12" x 6"
2016

available



Colour!

After a long run with a palette that kept getting darker and dimmer, it's a bit of a pleasant surprise to be uncorking the chroma with some new work. (in a very blobby state here)




Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Summertime Werk

Unrolling canvases, examining eye details, happy progress, lovely days.