Friday, August 21, 2015

Penniman's House-8x8


First plein air painting on my Cape Cod-Maine road trip. Capt. Penniman was Eastham Mass.'s wealthiest whaling captain back in the middle 1800's. The arch/gate is a 65 foot sperm whale's lower jawbone.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Edge of Evening - 24x30



Headed to Munn Fine Art on Cape Cod soon.

Working a lot more transparently in the shadows these days. Always interested in how I can make things glow more. Read some Stephen Quiller books and added a few tools to my toolbox. He's very good at making things pop.
 He's primarily a water-media guy but the concepts work in any media.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mid Tide (revision) 18x24

 
Mid Tide-18x24
oil on panel
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This is the original painting. painted several years ago. it never sold. Surprise, right? NOT!
 
oh sooo ugly. here are the changes i made.
 
simplified the grass and made it much brighter. 
changed the color scheme warming it up, brightening and lightening it up.
simplified the water strip in the back and made it connect to the tidal pool
punched up the sky.
 
that's better!
 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Marsh III- 30x40

 
Marsh III- 30x40
on gallery wrapped canvas (no frame needed)
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another marsh scene from the series. this ones a larger version of a painting I did last week. in the past I've never been into series. but having done several of each of these marsh motifs I see the value. the more you do it you begin to see things that work for each component of the painting. you keep doing the things that seem to work and you you ditch things that aren't in search of things that do. that way they seem to evolve.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Flowing In- 36x48


Flowing In
36x48 on gallery wrapped canvas
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so many things about the way i paint have changed in the last year. one area is the size. i never used to enjoy painting big. now i love it. i'm using a part acrylic, part oil underpainting process that gives me the peeks of pure color i love poking out in just the right spots. and I learned a thing or two from my buddy Dan Nelson about transparent glazes. I don't do it a lot but it looks great on certain areas.
also, my color sense went more Wolf Kahn and less Kevin Mcpherson with much looser brushwork.
 
But probably the biggest change is that i'm painting almost everything in the studio since last december. i'm using studies and photo references from years and years painting outside almost exclusively. i think it taught me how to "correct" a photo if I have to.  But I'm doing my own interpretation of the them tho'. i'm not so literal anymore, and don't try to exactly reproduce the scene and light key like i used to. Trying to introduce some "wow" factor into the painting.
 
painting is a fluid thing and the bar is always changing. what i thought i was doing ok on a few years ago, look laughable and amateurish to me now. as the ones i'm doing now will look in several years.
 
that is....i hope!

Friday, July 17, 2015

On the Hill Side- 30x40


On the Hillside- 30x40
on gallery wrapped canvas
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 a different version of Hill Top Cottages.
 
wanted to play with different light and composition. The big ones are fun because you can play in the shapes with subtle temperature differences and broken color (that the computer image doesn't show) that you wouldn't have room for on a small one.
 
And the size of the canvas is a big statement as well.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hill Top Cottages-30x40

 
Hill Top Cottages-30x40
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this one's from Bald Head Island. I love the elevation on this side of the island. its very desolate feeling out there. sorta reminds me of my travels to Cape Cod and Maine.

Workshop News
there are seats left in next Monday July 13-Wednesday July 15th workshop in West Jefferson, NC. it's a "Loosen Up and Paint Colorfully" plein air class. The weather is much cooler in the mountains and Kathleen says its gorgeous painting weather with amazing mountain vistas. I cant wait! if you'd like a seat email me and i'll arrange it. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Marsh Land- 36x48

 
Marsh Land- 36x48 on gallery wrapped canvas
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still trying to playing with color, paint handling and underpainting techniques. I'm having a lot of fun on these big canvases. easier to be loose on a monster canvas than it is on an 8x10, that's for sure.
I think of 16x20's as mini canvases now. big change since a year ago. changing from cooking oil to Gamsol thinner made this possible. it was just too hard to get all the paint out of a huge brush using cooking oil. now a swish or two in some Gamsol and poof. clean! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sundowner- 30x40

 
Sundowner- 30x40 on gallery wrapped canvas
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wanted some razzle-dazzle on this one. used giant brushes on much of this until later in the painting and that kept it loose for quite a while. Gotta know when to stop tightening it up.

Cuba Workshop dates will be January 16-23, 2016. I'll be taking a handful of people with me to Havana, so if you'd like to go, email me and i'll get you the details.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

side by side comparison


did a side by side comparison study to see why the blue under painting color shows so blue in my photos. think I figured it out.
 
the acrylic looks bluer than the oil in the photo. Acylic test patch is on the top (see the A) Oil is on the bottom. tho' theyre the same on the real panel they look different to my camera for some reason.
 
I purposely did the left side of both a little lighter and that's whats causing the problem. the dark green I'm swirling in is darker than the purple. so it seems the solution to not having light saturated blue peeking out is to darken the value of the underpainting color.
see how the right side of the top panel looks ok with the dark green added into it compared to the lighter blue below in the oil panel?
 
yeah. glad to at least have a clue to whats been going on.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

new paintings this week

 
The Landing-24x40
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Cuban Hero- 18x24
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Water View 24x30
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Buggy Ride 24x30

Buggy Ride- 24x30
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the finished painting. I fixed the slope in the far left horses back and tightened up a bit the driver and people in the buggy. also changed the color (a bit) of the house and worked on the car some.
 
just got back from teaching in Atlanta and Roswell Ga.
 
the first was at Binders Art Store in Buckhead then I went to Roswell Fine Art Ass. Both classes were full of passionate painters and great people.
 
I'm trying to get into the painting groove but finding it hard with all the traveling. I need to find a nice routine of doing admin type stuff in the morning, painting in the afternoon and playing music at night. once I do that for a few days in a row I find my groove and can paint. if I'm all over, here and there its hard to concentrate on the paintings. I'm not complaining, just giving you a little insight into the world of a fulltime painter. its very little actual easel time if you added it all up. I'd like more time there but it doesn't work that way, like I wish it did. workshops help pay the bills so I'm not complaining a bit! 
 
a typical day in my life involves blogging, admin stuff like keeping up the painting database, emailing about workshops and gallery commitments. travel to and from the workshops, and time teaching. Buying materials to paint with, finding locations to paint plein air, and the travel to get to those places, as well as a myriad of other errands. all these things (and more) keep you out of the studio, but are very necessary to make a living in this business.
 
I'm blessed, for sure!

Monday, May 11, 2015

In progress- Charleston street scene


Been  a while since Ive posted, so I thought I'd post this 'in progress' shot of day three on a large street scene from a photo shot in Charleston SC. trying to keep it loose but accurate at this stage.
 
Since my last post I packed up and left Key West and taught two workshops heading north. One in St. Augustine Fl. and the other in Hilton Head SC. Then I got caught up in unpacking and settling back in at home in NC, not feeling too much like painting. that's not unusual after leaving florida for the winter. It usually takes about a week before I can concentrate on painting again so yesterday I grabbed this painting that I started back in Elizabeth City during Splash week (November) and started working on it. then more painting on it today.
 
 I had done just the underpainting back in November, so it was fun to pick up the painting and start top coating it. more to go.... but a good third day on it!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Noticias de la Manana 30x40


 
available at Gallery on Greene in Key West
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liked this old Cuban reading the morning rag in the early light.
 
anybody know why that blue keeps coming out so light and overly vivid? i just started having this problem. I'm using the same camera, and doing everything exactly as always. ive noticed it on all the paintings I take pics of, for the last couple of months.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Todo por mi Mismo (All by Myself) 16x20


available at Gallery on Greene in Key West
 
had such a good time on the first one I decided to do it again!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Culto de la Personalidad (Cult of Personality) 24x30

a second painting of a side street in Havana with cult hero Che Gueverra on the wall. and of course, the ever present cars from the 40's and 50's. 
on this one I tried to put tons of color shifts in every shape. its a tightrope walk because there's always the chance of overdoing it. and one persons overdoing it is another persons masterpiece LOL
 
i'll be taking people back to Cuba next January, so if that's somewhere you'd like to go paint, drop me an email and i'll give you the info.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Florida Keys TV Interview


The Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale- 8x10
commission piece-SOLD

to see the TV interview for my recent show at Gallery on Greene. mine is after Jimmy Wrays interview.
 They say the TV puts on 20 pounds. try thirty. gotta start eating some salads  :D

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Post Card for show


Here's the post card that was mailed out to all of the gallery's collectors. The show reception is this Saturday, if youre in Key West please come by and say hi!
 
my piece is the middle bottom image.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Down the Lane-22x28

 
Down the Lane- 22x28
headed to Gallery on Greene show in KW
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another lazy lane image for the show that opens in one week.
 
played with the temperature differences in the light versus the shadows. plus its a nice 2/3 shadow, 1/3 light ratio.