The Act of Pulling a New Oil Painting by Brady Allen

A shirtless man leans forward pulling on a thick rope in front of a background of broken concrete slabs standing like sarsen stones on some forlorn beach.

The image of pressing ahead despite the circumstances has been in my head for a while now. Originally this was planned to show a full figure and the task he had taken to accomplish, but over time the idea distilled down to the simple and yet difficult act alone.

Pulling an oil painting by Brady Allen depicting a shirtless man pulling on a thick rope in front of a background of broken concrete slabs on some forlorn beach.
Pulling 21 x 48 inches oil painting by Brady Allen

What the rope is attached to remains a mystery for our imagination to fill in. All I know is the will behind the act is more important than the act itself. Without the will, nothing is accomplished.

New Still Life Oil Painting by Brady Allen

It’s been a little while since I painted a still life, and I realized that I missed the quiet joy of looking at an arrangement and just thinking about how you are going to represent it in paint. I originally had a Granny Smith apple and a Jonagold apple, but I thought the red and green were fighting for attention, so I switched out the Jonagold for another Granny Smith and that made the arrangement come alive.
Granny Knot In Progress oil painting byBrady Allen

Granny Knot in progress #1 by Brady Allen
This shows the blocking in of the lights, shadows, and general shapes to see how everything was working.

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Granny Knot in progress #2 by Brady Allen
At this point I switched over to work on the apples before the heat of the day started them down the path of no return.

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Granny Knot in progress #3 by Brady Allen
After the apples were done I worked on the strip of cloth tied around the upper Granny Smith before going back to capture the stoneware mustard jar it was sitting on. This is one of the first paintings I’ve extensively used Rublev paint’s lead white. I think I am beginning to really like it!

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Granny Knot 11×14″ oil painting by Brady Allen
The final image shows everything done, with the final touches on the wood grain and the subtle reflections on the top plank.

Granny Knot is available at the Montgomery Lee Fine Art gallery in Park City.