Santuario Dom Bosco: Brasília, Brazil

I have had the most incredible summer of travel including a recent trip to Brazil. Although, I was only able to see a tiny portion of this country I found the people to be so hospitable and understanding to my poor attempt at Portugese. Although, there were some language barriers I found towards the end of the trip an ease in communicating that I didn’t have at the beginning. These images are of a the church Santuario Dom Bosco in Brasília, Brazil.

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The colors were absolutely breadth taking and it inspired me to want to explore the color blue (tints, hues etc.) in my art work. I brought the work in progress”blissful” on my travels and noticed that while painting, the visit to this church influenced me enough subconsciously that I started adding more blue into the composition. I’ll post that image next week.

Well, I’ve been back in the Bay Area for about a week now and I’m ready to start focusing in the studio. Next week my intention is to continue working on the figurative works I started earlier in the summer.

Abstract Study

I often dream of artworks I have yet to create or studios I have yet to work in. Images from my dreams become like a song on repeat in my mind until I get it down on paper. This is just one of the experimental abstracts that I am going to continue playing with in my studio. If I was to create this on canvas I envision the actual artwork to be 60”x48”, 120”x96” and larger.

Artist Shilo Ratner_ Abstract Study_2012


Painting In Progress

As part of my spring cleaning I made some measurements for a new drying rack that I plan on building this May in the loft/storage area of my studio. As of now this painting is about 80% complete. The value contrast on the figure needs some adjustments. I plan on adding a neutral value to the back right arm of the figure and readjusting the direction of some of the brush strokes on the legs.