Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another painting before Christmas

Warm Figure - Merry Christmas! 

This painting is not available, it is in a private collection.

A couple of new paintings for Christmas

Figure in Landscape 

This painting is not available, it is in a private collection.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Artist Statement and Bio - your comments are welcome!

The image above is a sample page from one of my sketchbooks.

I've had several people ask me about my work, so by way of explanation, here's a condensed Bio / Artist Statement that I've been working on to accompany a portfolio of my art work.  Any advice you can offer regarding how it can be improved is welcome:

Glenn Grubbs is a contemporary artist and architect. Born and raised in Washington, DC, he has been working out of Phoenix, Arizona for the past 20 years. He holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and the Masters of Architecture degrees from Arizona State University.  Glenn is nationally certified in the U.S. as an architect, and has designed a number of buildings in the Phoenix metro area. His most recent exhibit of paintings and drawings was held at the Urban Abode Gallery in downtown Phoenix in Fall, 2009.

Glenn's art is deeply rooted in process, exhibiting discipline and diligence in pursuing a motif or idea. His outlook is forward-looking and experimental, believing that the art object is a palimpsest resulting from the work of creation.

His oeuvre navigates three fundamental aspects of consciousness;  perception, memory and imagination. The oscillating nature of this vision and heuristic use of many types of media should not be confused with lacking focus, as Glenn has said, 'I’m not portraying the world, I’m creating one.'

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Paintings, 12/17/2009, #3

I've been fighting a cold for the past week, and finally feel a little better, so this is the first of three paintings that I did to release some of that pent up energy.  Each of these are watercolor, charcoal and ink on paper, approximately 10"x14" in size.

Also, I've added a rough draft artist statement and biography on my webpage.  Please visit at:

Hope you're having a good holiday - Enjoy!

New Paintings, 12/17/2009, #2

This is the second painting.

New Paintings, 12/17/2009

New painting.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Work, 12/08/2009, continued

This is a draft painting of the two figures idea in an urban landscape.

New Work, 12/08/2009, continued

This is a variation of the two figures scheme in a more open landscape.

New Work, 12/08/2009

Here's a new composition I'm working on; two figures in a landscape.

Friday, December 4, 2009

'Seated Figure' - draft version 12/4/2009

This is a draft of a larger version of the watercolor painting done in acrylic on masonite panel (work is still in progress).

Clutter in my Studio

Here's a view of the latest clutter in my studio.  I'm working back and forth between watercolor+gouache and acrylics.

Watercolor - Landscape, 12/04/2009

Another watercolor that came out of my studies preparing for some larger canvases.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, gouache and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, gouache and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, graphite and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, prismacolor and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, prismacolor and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies (11-30-2009), continued

Another study, prismacolor and watercolor on paper.

Recent watercolor studies

I'm in the middle of examining a number of compositional ideas, and I'm doing the studies with various drawing media; charcoal, conte crayon, prismacolor sticks, etc. and combining them with watersoluble media; watercolor, gouache, ink, etc.  This piece is conte and watercolor. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Figure at Window

This is another idea I'm exploring for work on the new canvases.
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Sketch of 'Reclining Figure'

This was the original sketch of 'Reclining Figure'.

New Watercolor - 'Reclining Figure'

Working on several different ideas for 3 mid-sized canvases that I've prepared.  I'm also looking at evolving this composition into a serigraph.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

'Competition' draft 11-21-2009

Changed the background color in preparation for doing some new work on the figures.

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Figure Poolside, draft version 11-21-2009

I've been working on this painting along with the 'Competition' painting over the past couple of weeks.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Detail from painting titled, 'Competition', draft version, 11-20-2009

This is a detail of the painting titled, 'Competition'.  It is still on-going, this draft was completed 11-20-2009.

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Painting titled 'Competition', work as of 11-20-2009

This is the latest work on the painting titled, 'Competition'.  There are also some sketches that I've done in preparation of creating a serigraph of this motif; I'll publish those in a future post.

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Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Current work, week of November 1, 2009

Computer was down last week (actually, it took a trip to Houston while I stayed home painting), so here's a little of what I was up to while I've been away - new paintings!

Also, am starting to work on some printmaking techniques, and will post those later in the week.

This is a photo of my current work. Let me know what you think of it.

Also, I have some images uploaded in Flickr:

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Original Sketch of current work

This is the original sketch of my current painting. It is graphite on paper, 8" x 6".

Friday, October 23, 2009

Update 10/23/2009

Here's the latest update. For contact info, check my webpage at:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Early color study

Here's an early study of my current painting. This was the first draft of compositionally thinking through the colors, mostly how the tones would be arranged without getting bogged down in any detail or too much emphasis on hue.

Painting work in progress, 10/21/09

Here's the latest update of my work in progress.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

'Seated Figure' Painting Progress - 10/20/2009

This is a study of the head for the Seated Figure painting.

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Progress painting, 10/20/2009

This is the latest work in progress, 10/20/2009.

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Study sketch of current painting

Here's the study sketch of the painting that is shown in the previous blog. It is gouache on paper, about 13"x 15". It is the third panel of a planned triptych. More on that later.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More coming soon

Here's a shot of my current work in progress. Its a large (7' x 5'6") format oil painting of an idea that I've been working on over the past couple of years. I had prepared several sketches a while back, started to evolve the concept using various media, and now I'm in the process of working it out at full scale.

Yes, I work on larger canvases outside - this is my studio in Arizona, and the weather this time of year is favorable. I have several outbuildings and an indoor studio as well. I'll show more of the facility in future blogs.

Check back for updates; I'll be posting new images daily as they're available.

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