Sunday, August 31, 2008
thats why there havent been many posts or pics of paintings. i'll try hard to get a bunch up once the holiday is over. i painted one this morning i like alot and i'll put it up for sure. thanks for coming by!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
it was not a good day for plein air painting today. it was cloudy and looked like it was going to rain most of the day. so this is what we did:
i taught how to make a color wheel for a color, say magenta.
you draw four circles. in the first circle, put the magenta. in the second, put one of the colors on your palette, say ultramarine blue. in the third put a 1/2 magenta, 1/2 blue mixture. in the fourth mix white with number 3 for the tint.
everybody was amazed at all the wonderful colors they saw they could make just fooling around in this way.
later in the day we painted a cloudy day scene with 7 shapes or less, putting into practice what we've been learning. the last excercise of the day, one of the students modeled sitting in a chair and we painted her.
the remnants of tropical storm faye will be right on top of us tomorrow so we'll be painting in the painting studios of washington lee university. theyre forecasting several inches of rain and possible flooding so that'll be nice to be inside somewhere.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
You might be interested in the origin of the "Arte y Pico Award" The designer of the award puts it like this..."The Arte y Pico Award has arisen from the daily visits that I make to many blogs which nourish and enrich me with creativity. In them, I see dedication, creativity, care, comradeship, but mainly, ART, much art. I want to share this prize with all those bloggers that entertain and enrich me day to day. Doubtlessly, there are many and it will be hard to pick just a few."
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4. Show these rules and the paragraph (above) explaining the awards origination.
Bernie Rosage Jr.- who got me into this whole blogging, Ebay, cyberspace art community. not to mention he's an NC homeboy! thanks dude!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
then today i totally goofed off. i mean i didnt do squat. the liberating feeling was intensified even further by the fact that the light was perfect for painting. i resisted the urge.
just having this one goof off day was just what the doctor ordered.
this whole issue came up after realizing that i was headed towards professional burnout. thanks frank for the slap upside the head (see post below if you dont know what i'm talking about) in a nutshell.... allow some decompress time in the schedule or suffer the emotional and physical effects. gotta quit saying, "i'll rest when i'm dead" or i will be. so i decompressed all day!
leaving this weekend to teach a plein air workshop in the shenandoah mountains of virginia. the sponsor said the sold out class was stoked and eager to paint outside and learn new stuff. i'm stoked to get a change of scenery and get out of the sauna we call august in n.c.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
but when i saw these umbrellas on the beach i HAD to paint it! and i'm glad i ventured out.
this really reminds me of an Edward Potthast and is Sorrolla-esque. like the umbrellas. the part that is in shadow on the white one is very warm and only half a value difference. Sorrolla had a cool way of barely dropping the value but the temperature difference showed the form instead of darker values.
my favorite part of this painting is the shadows of the white umbrellas. weird to really love about 1/30th of a painting but all you artists out there know what i'm talking about!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Yellow Mustard- 8x8 oil on w/c paper-
If you must have one of these i'll give you a deal. i want to sell these before i put them for sale on EBay. the marsh scene might go to Woods Gallery on Bald Head Island if it doesnt sell here on the blog.
email me if you want one.
Friday, August 15, 2008
anyway needless to say it was hard to concentrate, and i had a truck where the trailers are on the back row to the right. then i had this crappy rain cloud that was awful gray, didnt look real and was too busy.
whenever you have a busy section in a painting you should have another area very devoid of details or form to counterbalance the detailed section and to let the eyes rest. what was i thinking. so i came home, scraped the truck and sky and repainted. heres what i ended up with. i like it much better. probably going to paint this 18x24.
you can see a few little tricks i use to point viewers to the center of interest or the "bullseye". the edges are hardest, colors the richest, and the most contrast is around the flowers and foliage by the front part of the deck. then i used the sandy spots in the grass and the phone pole in the background to also lead the eye to that area. thats what makes this painting have a nice center of interest. then played up the orange/ blue compliment color scheme. subtle tho'.
If you'd like me to paint your house, beach cottage/trailer, boat or whatever.... shoot me an email and we'll discuss it. they are very, very affordable and make great gifts to others or to yourself. go ahead... you deserve it!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
what i'm working on in this one is only four/five values and a very unified look even tho' the scene is extremely complicated. i know that if i work on these difficult ones with perseverance then my painting will surely get better. thats my hope anyway.
come to think of it... like the title of this painting...... this painting career of mine is a Widow Maker too! ask my wife!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I wanted to offer my blog watchers first go at this before i put it on Ebay for the masses. many of you that know me know that i believe that on the 8th day God created these two things. LOL. thus the title.
this knife painting was a blast to do. you wait till just before the sun sets and try to get the thing done before it does.
its very exhilirating because at this time of day the color is changing every 15 minutes, the shadows are moving at breakneck speed and when i finished this painting the reflection was way off the right hand side of the painting and the color was completely different. when this happens you have to go strictly by memory.
i guess thats 'real' impressionism huh?
Monday, August 11, 2008
this painting really depicts the time of day to me. it was very close to noon and the shadows straight under the objects and the color temperature give it away. the sky is a very light value and there are more light family shapes than shadow family shapes.
this is painted very near the bodie island lighthouse on the Outer Banks.
Friday, August 8, 2008
so ready to do some fun little 8x10's again.
this is the seaview pier on topsail island
this is coming into downtown raleigh on cabarrus st. from a very old rundown neighborhood. loved the shadow on the street and the big skyscrapers in the background.
gotta get off sidewalks and out of the smog of busses etc. get my toes back in the sand and hearing the cry of seagulls. i'm a beachguy and i gotta get back there ASAP.
just signed up to a do a free demo at jerrys in late august. check out the right hand sidebar for the date in a couple of days.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
these little paintings on EBay are a great way to start collecting original paintings for about the cost of a print. they cheer up and add color to any intimate spot like a mantle, nook, or shelf. or you can frame them and hang in groups.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
three down two to go. here's number two and three.
dont think it was as hot as everybody said it would be. at least it didnt feel like it was. some little pakistani dude hassled me about being on the Fast Fare property painting the hayes barton pharmacy in five points. i mean if i was panhandling or something i could see somebody saying something, but painting. c'mon. he was the mgr. or something. jeez give a hard working plein air painter a break, it's nearly a hundred degrees out here! then he runs inside to the a/c leaving me to sweat my *^^&(*) off making a buck.
Tomorrow night is the opening of my City Art Show in Greenville. i'll be doing a demo during the reception so come and check it out. both James Kerr and Kevin LePrince will be there to but come support the NC homeboy....me!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
with this RBC Centura Bank commission and all the traveling to bald head island i havent been able to shoot pics and upload at night. maybe if it rains one day...no! what am i saying....that might make me miss my deadline for the bank. one of the five 24x30's is done, three are blocked in and i'm going to hopefully finish two of the urban raleigh plein airs tomorrow. they say it'll be close to a hundred and five with the heat index tomorrow.
oh well as my good friend is fond of telling me,
"plein air painting aint for sissies!"
Monday, August 4, 2008
click here to go to the online gallery and see a little preview of the show
I'll be doing a live demo and hope to complete the painting before the reception is over. if i drink enough Red Bull i can do it LOL!
It's this Thursday
City Art Gallery
511 Red Banks Rd.
Greenville NC 27858
it'll be Sat. Nov. 1 and Sun. Nov. 2nd in Morehead City from 9am- 4pm
cost will be $160 for both days and $100 for one day.
you must send a deposit for half no less than seven days before the class to hold the space.
you can email me for a suggested materials list or more info.
hope you'll sign up!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
went to paint on bald head island for two days, but i made the drive daily and back home. its an hour drive down then 1/2 an hour ferry trip. then you have to ride golf carts at 10 mph all over the island, then ferry, one hour drive again. so needless to say those 9 am- 1o pm days didnt leave me time to blog.
then i got some great news. RBC Centura Bank commissioned me to paint five 24x30's for their new bank complex in downtown raleigh, nc.
thing is, ive got 10 days to complete the project for their gala event. so i'm under the gun to have that done on time and make them awesome. we're talking fortune 5oo company material here. i dont want any junk in that place with my name on it.
wow. i'm honored to have my stuff in such a high profile collection.
now i keep telling myself:
"Youre not going to pass out from the heat, keep working sissy" and "this all may be a dream but enjoy it none the less"
they want two coastal pieces and three local raleigh scenes from me. i've decided to do all five with painting knives
heres the first one