Wednesday, July 30, 2008
here's the finished painting and i took it straight off the rooftop down to new elements gallery
i used a ton of thick luscious paint on this one with tons of striations in all the huge slabs of paint. you can see that i lightened up the sky alot and now the sky, bridge, and water relate better. thats all painting is....making all the big shapes relate to each other in a convincing way.
heres the painting when it was about 70% finished. you can see that i stay in the middle values for much of the painting and then in the last 25% i accentuate the differences starting to go darker, lighter and more saturated. thats when its really fun!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
i guess because these large rooftop paintings i do are so complicated they take me two sessions to complete. it has everything from clouds, water, buildings, foliage, small windows, a bridge and tugboats. WOW. only object missing is a person and a kitchen sink.
anyway this is what i got done on the first go out. what i'm doing is getting the light and shadow pattern and the final colors complement underpainted and then tomorrow i'll come back with the real colors on top thick with my palette knives. i did this one different than yesterday. yesterday i painted the whole painting with knives. today i underpainted with a large brush and i'll scoop on thick paint with knives tomorrow.
notice how the water is orange to start with. the funny thing is when i'm done putting the blue/purple/gray water on top you may not see any of the orange and then sometimes i leave bits of it showing for interest since that shape is a large one. one thing i see that i'll want to change tomorrow is lighten the top part of the sky. it looks kinda blue and dark to me compared to what you see in the real thing. the rest is too hard to tell yet. you'll see what i end up with when i post the final painting and hopefully it'll be a decent painting. too hard to predict at this time. what a weird feeling to be so close to a good painting and yet so close to a total crash and burn event. welcome to my world of painting for a living!
Monday, July 28, 2008
heres one from the side yard of my gallery in swansboro. if you havent visited tidewaters new location on main st. youre missing a wonderful experience. he moved into a century old house and spent alot of time inside and out making it the coolest gallery ever. if this is his backyard imagine what the inside looks like! check out rays place the next time youre in swansboro. and tell him you heard about it on this blog and of course buy one of these paintings LOL
heres a very informative article on plein air painting techniques, tips i found that you painter types may enjoy if youre thinking of getting out of your studios a day or two. even plein air painters will get a new idea or two. click here to get there
the winner of Lavender Afternoon-6x8 was anne from emerald isle. congrats anne.
you can bid on its sibling..... Lavender Afternoon II on Ebay (go to the post below for the link there)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
the high bid for Lavender Afternoon (see a few posts down to see the painting) is $32 as of 8:20 on Sunday night. auction is over tomorrow morning so bid a few bucks more and win it!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
email me with a bid higher than $32 and it could be yours.
auction is over this monday morning at 8 am
here's a few i did and dropped off at Vision Gallery in atlantic beach today. the clouds were magnificent this morning and i'm really enjoying painting them now that i feel more confident doing them.
i did a bunch of cloud studies in paint but ive mostly been just studying them by looking. how can we paint what we dont understand? by noticing their form first and then their colors you get a sense of the thing. like getting to know who your girlfriend/wife/husband/boyfriend is. when you first met them you had to study everything about them. then the nuances make themselves known. but that cant be rushed can it? it takes time with the person, seeing them in different situations, finding out their preferences etc. all this shows you who the person is. then you can accurately and confidently describe that person.
same with getting to know what you are painting.... you must be intimate with things to truly describe them either in words, or in pigment.
if you want to paint boats, study boats, dont paint them at first. go over every inch of them with your eyes and your minds eye. dont paint them till you know the way the bow turns back toward the water as it nears the front and how it cools and lightens when in the shadow because its reflecting the water either in shadow or in light and that shape will either be warm or cool. and that one side is usually warm and the other side cool.
little nuances like this are what separate people who paint boats and people who know boats from tons of observation (and happen to paint them) . another good argument for painting from life.
they havent invented a camera that can take a picture of the above bow phenomena. only your peepers can differentiate to that degree and see that subtlety. enought jabbering...heres todays offerings from morehead city and radio island. hope you like em!
View from Morehead Waterfront-12x16 SOLD
Snug Harbor- 8x10
are you going to let them steal it? bid a little more and win this sweet little marsh scene done on the coastal waterway of north carolina.
these little gems look good framed in wide frames and hung, or setting around on the mantle, shelf , or a table.
they are original paintings for the price of some ink on a piece of paper that was printed a million times. its one of a kind and a great affordable way to start your art collection.
Friday, July 25, 2008
is now $10.00 from missy m. (i think she lives in cary, chapel hill, somewhere up there LOL)
email me at email@example.com or leave me a comment with your bid amount below.
high bidder on Monday morning at 8 am wins, even if that high bid is only $11.
shipping is $9 in u.s. and $15 to canada and overseas.
heres todays painting, also from the outing a few days ago near swansboro
Lavender Afternoon II- 6x8 -oil on canvas board
Thursday, July 24, 2008
we've had fun in the past with the $1.00 Painting Auction so lets do it again!
i started the bidding at $1 on this one, and missy m. from the raleigh area has bid $10, and now the high bid is $20 from Alchemy Fields (State unknown)
the auction ends monday morning and i'll keep you up daily on the highest bid so you can beat it.
the highest bidder this coming monday at 8 a.m. wins this original oil painting from coastal north carolina.
shipping is only $9 in the u.s. and $15 to canada and europe
so what are you waiting for? bid!
this is on the white oak near swansboro and the storms were coming in on a late afternoon painting session with friends. it poured down minutes after finishing this up. you'll love all the magenta peeking out everywhere!
you could win this for less than the cost of a dinner at McDonalds. who knows?
let the games begin!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
i gave private painting lessons all day, and man am i glad.
one was in the shade in the early hours and the other was inside a beach cottage in the air condition during the hottest part of the day. it was over 100 degrees today i hear.
if you'd like to have a private lesson this week and live in the atlantic beach/emerald isle/ morehead city area, give me a call and we'll make that happen. my number is 919-920-9718.
they are extremely affordable and you get one-on-one personal instruction.
this offer is only for this week while i'm up that way working.
one of the kids in the second lesson asked another kid if they were going to " scribble scrabble" with her. this was her description of our painting activity. thought that was hilarious! i guess i'm a scribble scrabbler, huh?
thanks sally, had a ball at the painting party!
Monday, July 21, 2008
i'm experimenting some with underpainting more of my paintings with orange in the sky and very light shapes and magenta in the darker light shapes and lighter shadow shapes, and red-violet in the dark shadow shapes. i know this all sounds confusing but you painters know this is important stuff. LOL
point is i'm liking what i'm painting again, after a period of unhappiness. i kept it to myself (smile)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
it was cloudy today. we're having tropical storm christobal rainbands all day so not a good day to shoot a photo of new work. so i offer you this one (from a month or so ago) that just recently sold in Atlantic Beach at my gallery called Vision Gallery right off the MHC/AB causeway. go see them when youre around that area. she has a nice mix of work and prices.
now for my TEN FAVORITE BLOGS LIST (these are not in order)
looking at blogs is a way to keep from getting tunnelvision. you look at other styles, other regions of the country and you learn alot keeping up with this cast of characters. many i have come to know and like alot even emailing about pertinent topics and i always end up learning something valuable.
so try checking out these bloggers. i guarantee you'll benefit greatly. i know i have!
Saturday, July 19, 2008
check out the little white arrow on the street. it points back into the picture. i love it when a plan comes together (quote -from the show "the A-Team")
Friday, July 18, 2008
painted in raleigh today. will post a downtown skyline and the old hayes barton pharmacy in the five points area on glenwood avenue, tomorrow
Thursday, July 17, 2008
certain towns i'm in dont have good broadband reception and postings a real hassle when the connection drops every 2 min.
maybe i can upload this before it disconnects
dont know if this will be in the ArtSource show in Sept. or the City Art show in a few weeks. email me if you want to purchase it beforehand
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
dont forget to keep checking by here to enter my free painting giveaway. even the shipping is free.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
did this little ditty in about half an hour and the guy was nice enough to stay in one place after he got up and came over to see what i was doing. thanks dude!
here's the companion piece of "the South End". place had ten times this many people so i edited them out to a few boats and a few sunbathers.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
below are more in my "gallery goers" series. they are selling very well and i love to paint people looking at art. like one of my gallery owners said " its like the buyer gets two paintings. the painting itself and the paintings in the painting"
this woman is very studious of the Sorolla called "Beach Promenade"
these two are looking at a california artist named Tofanelli. i like his stuff. its simple shapes and colorful. the gallery goers seem to like him too. they seem to be "exchanging glances"
these two will be at Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro. you can call them or email me if you'd like to purchase.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
if you didnt win, keep checking back. i do it every month.
holiday weekend and errands for upcoming shows etc. have slowed the painting output. tomorrow hopefully i'll be back on track. i need to de-stress and whats better than standing on the beach or intracoastal waterway, or boat dock painting for several hours. and then you jump in the water to cool off and call it a day.
Friday, July 4, 2008
i've got a new way of getting the subject framed and on the canvas that i think you other painters might enjoy hearing about.
i took a piece of clear plexiglass and drew a 4"x5" square (for 8x10)and a 4.5"x6" square (9x12) on with a sharpie. got two grease pencils (white and black) and a piece of blue plexiglass about 3" square.
find your subject and move the 8x10 or 9x12 square back and forth cropping the scene to find the most pleasing composition. hold it still and draw the big angles with either the white or black grease pencil.
then transfer the composition to the panel youre getting ready to paint. no weird amputations, no stuff running off the canvas, and most of all (my biggest problem before using this new method) no oversized subjects. now everything has the right amount of "air" around the subject!
i then draw it on with a red carpenters pencil and rub real hard to smear it all over the white canvas toning it a nice warm red and then i take the home color of the shape and wash it on the shape with lots of thinner. once this is done i start using thicker and more realistic colors in thicker paint.
look thru the blue plexiglass to average your shapes values- extra light, light, med, dark and extra dark.
my compositions are now stronger and easier to get down in the few minutes it should take to get down the basics on the canvas board.
hope you try it and tell me what you think on comments below.
The contest entry is over at midnite tonite. i'll announce the winner soon! happy 4th!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
these were done in the last few days for my City Art Gallery two man show in August with James Kerr. google his name and check out his work. very sweeet! come see the show!
Lumina Awnings- 10x8
Sky Ablaze- 6x8 SOLD
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
today you can enter the free painting giveaway! see yesterdays post if you dont know how.
finger quit throbbing today so maybe its not broken, so i went down to the inlet and painted this little ditty.
its not my painting hand but screwed with my concentration yesterday and i only did a 6x8 at sunset. i cant go all day without painting, injured or no!
couldnt ask for better cloud formations today for this one, and they werent racing across the sky like they so often do, making them very difficult to paint