Friday, February 29, 2008
At Pea Island Gallery
Well i'm in Delray Florida. we drove 12 hours all night with no sleep. got to the motel about 9 and slept a few hours then woke up and did this one a block off the beach. I could paint here a week if we werent going to key west. this place is beautiful and a painters paradise. everywhere i looked i saw something i wanted to paint. tomorrows image should be from key west if all goes well. took the photo of this one from the motel lamp and all the colors are washed out. specifically wanted to paint the whole painting with a large (3/4") brush. this kept is pretty loose and detail-less. just big shapes. tune in tomorrow for one from the farthest point south on the east coast.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
contact me if you like this one
Getting ready for the Key West trip today and finishing off a couple of errands today. i'm super distracted so didnt feel motivated to do a painting today so i posted this one from last summer. want to have everything i need in florida so made lists and checked em twice. this is not painting related but anyone who sells art for a living knows that theres a lot more to the biz than just painting all day. i spent half a day unpacking four boxes of frames taking off all the packing stuff, storing that packing stuff, and delivering paintings to a couple of galleries before i leave.
TIP- save that packing stuff. it costs the frame distributor tons of money and it makes carrying your work around without beating it all to *&*(&(*. they ship every frame with heavy duty boxes good for hauling lots of paintings around. cut up the cardboard and stick it in between your frames when your storing art in frames in your studio etc. . the big plastic bags make good trash bags for small trash cans like the ones i have in my studio. i dont throw away anything without seeing if it has another life serving some other purpose. i'm not a recycling nut. just a cheapskate. i even reuse the used painted up paper towels i bring back to the studio out of the plein air field. they are great for wiping paint off my palette in the studio without having to waste good paper towels, which i use to wipe the paint out of my brush with. is that crazy or what. the dried up paint in the paper towel is just the right hardness to pick up dirty paint film on the glass of my palette.
thats being frugal isnt it? Oh well they say when the birds fly over my studio they say "cheap, cheap!"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
At Carolina Creation Gallery
I really like this image as you can see. i've painted it several times in the last few months. the 16x20 sold right away so.... heres the 18x24 . its my wifes favorite and she really doesnt say that much. it looks so dreamy and i'd love to live in the cottage on the right of the painting wouldnt you?
i first started it with magenta washes in acrylic and then i laid in a soupy oil and medium wash in the realistic colors. once this is done you can see what you've got and the light key is established. i feel more and more comfortable working bigger (for me anything over 12x16 is huge) now that i'm using a stand oil and thinner medium to make the shapes soupier. then i work drier and drier because the shape itself has some slide to it. keeping it loose is harder than it would seem. keeping edges soft takes work. i only have one area of the painting that has hard edges, and the most contrast, where the cottage roof area meets the palm tree and clouds. this is where i want you to keep coming back to (center of interest)
ive tried hard to keep everything else blurry just like the human eye sees. just one thing is sharp and everything else is in the periphery vision and fuzzy. i can thank edgar payne, an early 1900 california impressionist, for this great epiphany. i saw it when i was reading his book "Landscape Painting". thanks edgar!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Contact me if you like this one.
i'm getting more and more confident with these little paintings. put it down and leave it. its so hard to do. you want to stroke over it and stroke over it. that dulls the colors, keeps it from looking bravely done. i have to do a hundred of these still lifes, imagine what the hundreth one would look like compared to the first one i ever did on this blog. gotta get em in before the spring gets here and i want to paint outside all day.
getting ready to go to key west to paint and cannot wait. 85 degree days, flipflops, shorts, and painting turquoise water wooohoooo! i'll post down there (hopefully) everyday too.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
If you like this one contact me.
This late afternoon scene is one i saw a few weeks back coming thru little washington, nc on my trip back from nags head. the roof was glowing orange and yellow-ochre gold.
little washington is a beautiful place to plein air paint. old historic homes from the turn of the century in idyllic portside neighborhoods and the riverfront with boats a few hundred yards away.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Didnt pull an all niter, but did stay up late as expected.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Here's a fun one. played around with using oil paint washes for the under painting instead of my usual acrylic. if you double click on the photo it should get bigger and you can see the bits of orange, red and ochre peeking out. i dont think i get as much peeking out as i do when i use acrylic. but... whatever (as the kids say nowadays)
its off to a coastal gallery so we'll see how this subject matter plays there.
go buy it!
Friday, February 15, 2008
$240 + shipping+tax to nc residents
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Had to have that title for the painting!
was looking for something to set up for a still life and looked down and saw this. stuck the brush in it to lead the eye up to the jar and let the glob of white paint lead to the smears which lead to the brush, that leads to the jar.
i use a thick piece of glass for my palette and thats why theres shadows to the left and under the paint piles and smears. you gotta see this one in person to appreciate the subtle colors and gradations.
sometimes, once in a while i like one a lot. this is one of them.hope it made you want to go paint!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This studio version of a plein air study came out identical to its 6x8 predecessor, which is what i've been trying for for over a year. to do studio things with the plein air feel i have to set time limits on how long i can work on it. this keeps that intuitive side of the brain thinking hurry hurry, boil down the essence of the thing.... dont fuss with details. thats what i like about this piece. the details are missing but just suggested.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Date with a Match- 16x20-oil on canvas
Here's the studio version i did today from the plein air study below. i tried very hard to keep it super loose like the study. i think i was successful in that? especially liked the way the tin looks rolled up on the porch that fell down on the front of the old house. like the warmth contrasted with the backlit purple-ish shadows.
would have loved to see this house in its heyday. i bet it was very grand in the early part of last century. i can see some ladies in big billowy dresses sitting on the porch in the evening sipping sweet tea or lemonade watching horse and buggies coming down a dirt road across the nearby tobacco and cotton fields.
one question tho?
how on earth did they ever get by without laptops?
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This is a house in the boonies of Onslow county built around the turn of the century. i loved the backlit lighting effect with most of the house in shadow. someone came out while i was painting and gave me the history. she said the family had decided to burn it in the spring. the volunteer fire dept. will train by torching it. i once painted a barn i liked to rest near on my trip to greenville when i was sign painting. a week after painting it the owners knocked it down with a bulldozer and then they burned it one night. that painting had special sentimental value because i knew it no longer exists. and after painting plein air for several years now i can say that about a half dozen things i painted and are now gone. i guess because i like to paint things right on the edge of extinction for some reason. someone old appreciating something else thats old *)
think of the events in history the family living in this house experienced. pearl harbor, wwI, the roaring 20's, the invention of the automobile and planes. Wow... its mind boggling.
Southern Comfort VII
16x12 acrylic on c.b.
Back home after a very successful workshop. glad to not be behind the steering wheel for a few days. this was a demo i did at my studio awhile back showing how to paint quickly (30 minutes to be exact) and expressively/colorfully. Part of the cleaning out the studio kick i'm on. many have sold and many still need a nice home. keep an eye out for a bargain. when you paint at least one a day (and sometimes two) they start stacking up all over the place after a while and gotta go!
contact me if you see anything you like.
Friday, February 8, 2008
This is one done yesterday driving home from Nags Head. found a sweet little fishing village to paint that i have passed by for years and sworn to myself i'd paint one day. well i had a beautiful day and some time to paint so heres what i ended up with. there are tons more paintings there and i cant wait to go again. maybe when i go to teach at kill devil hill coop in a few months....
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I love the Ahhhhaa Factor. what is it? its when you (or someone else) gets something for the very first time-- it makes sense! WOW!
maybe you've heard it before, or a thousand times, but this time.....Ahhhaa i get it!
i love when it happens to me and i love it in the workshop envirionment when after a day or two goes by where i'm teaching, when you hear from across the room "Ahhhhaaa i just got it! WOW i see now what youre talking about!". it might be how to get that elusive color of whatever, or how to draw buildings with the right perspective, anything like that. i love when i have one of those moments too! theyre momentous to no one but the person who's getting it. arent they wonderful tho when youre on either end of an "Ahhhaa" moment?
Monday, February 4, 2008
Manns Harbor Landing
6x6 oil on c.b.
Class went real well today. we talked about all the stuff i usually rant on about here, shapes, values, dominant things and subordinate things. We painted on b&w photos and made up our own colors. all in an attempt to train the eye to see the differences in value. how even a half a shade difference in tone can throw the whole image out of whack.
i know ----i'm very repetitive with the basics!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
was asked by the client to pull the images of the commissions until she recieves them in hand next week. i accidently erased what i had written for that entry so i'll enter it back on todays entry and post the image when i get the go ahead. it was called
Twilite Cartwheel-24x30-oil on canvas
Painted the underpainting plein air (outside) and finished this one up in the studio where i used a photo of the tower (i took) of this fleeting lighting effect the day i was blocking-in the painting plein air. the sun lit up the tower as the sun slipped low in the sky and the lower part of the buildings went into shadow. this lighting effect on lasts 5-10 minutes at the most, so memory and a photo were all i needed in the studio.
have never painted anyone upside down before. this was a first.
really concentrating on energetic brushwork layering the natural color over its compliment. these two techniques make for a loose and colorful rendering of a tight architectural subject. keeps it "painterly". this is what the client specifically asked for. had so much fun painting this one and i think it shows.
found some linseed oil and made carole marine's medium potion and i loved it. it makes the paint spreadable and slippery which makes it go on easier, makes a little paint go on like a ton of paint and it kept its opacity. my way of working is laying some on transparently in layers and in other areas working very opaquely so this stuff is magic. try it, you'll love it. its somewhere in my previous post from yesterday or day before.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
The last of four completed. on this one i wanted to stress the drama of yellowy-orange warm light emitting from the buildings surrounded by magenta-violet dusk. the sky throws cool purple light onto everything, and the glow from the building and some yellowish light coming from the viewers right shoulder changes the temperture from warm to cool- right to left.
News-- i will be doing two demonstrations for Jerrys Artarama and Lukas paint. One is march 15 and the other is may 4th. they are from 1-4 pm. come check out the processes i use and maybe i can talk them into giving you free Lukas 1862 paint. the best on the market in my opinion. its buttery and very pigmented, goes a long way and the colors are brilliant on the canvas. see you there!