Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
WOW! on a 120 foot super yacht! how cool is that?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Finished it up today. liked finishing it over the dry paint where i had all that Liquin in it. this thing will be bone dry in about two days. i can ship it without worry first of next week, ahead of schedule. i'm getting organized eh?
Here's what i did to finish it: took each shape and made one or two paint colors very similar in value but up and down in value (less than half a step). one a little lighter and warmer and one a little cooler and darker. gave it atmospheric perspective by lightening and cooling every shape as it went back in space. tightened up the area around the boat and made all the edges hard right there. this is my focal point and then the secondary focal point is the clouds. made sure that each shape had some nice temperature shifts and loose brushwork. i like how "expansive" it looks. This may actually make it into a much bigger painting since i know it'll look good on a larger canvas. maybe 24x30 or 30x40. we'll see.
hope you liked this in-progress demo.
oh yeah! getting ready to sky dive this weekend with my son. if you dont see any blogs next week you'll know that it was a very crappy landing! LOL
Thursday, March 25, 2010
so i began with a few thumbnails to wrap my head around the composition and value shapes.
i liked the composition on the top picture, the one on the left bottom the best so thats the value map and composition i'll go with. next comes underpainting the panel. i used some old yellow gauche i had and mixed it with some orange acrylic paint and made a wash out of it. i like the acrylic underpainting because it makes the gesso less "thirsty" and dries super fast.
Think i discovered how to get the complexity i've been craving without losing the "plein air spontaneity" i love by not laboring over them, and usually killing them. just fix the inevitable problems that will be contained in a piece done outside in the studio. duh! alot of times i was dropping off the paintings to galleries literally minutes after completing them, warts and all. no more. in my quest for not producing average paintings, taking up the quality a few notches, i will take em back to the studio, ponder over them, correct them, do whatever's necessary. take time and convenience out of the equation. take whatever time is necessary for that piece to be the best it can be.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Back at it in NC. Swansboro to be exact. Whenever you travel and paint, for some reason there's a readjustment period. when you go to florida, it takes a few days to paint the local color, trees, vibe, etc. before you feel comfy. same applies when you come back to NC. i wanted to go somewhere familiar and comfortable to ease back in. there was no readjustment period today, i'm glad to report. fell right in and came out with one i love. the pavement and all its subtle shifts, the loose but accurate drawing and the colorful shadows and spots of color. caught the time of day too. overall i really like this one. the one above (the Miss Meredith) was the second of the day.
like you've seen me say in previous posts... i'm slowing the pace down and working hard at doing better work and not lots of it. this is a big shift after painting approximately 15-20 paintings a week for four years. now i want to do one or two really fine paintings a day. i want to do some thumbnail sketches (something ive never done before) and really think the painting through!
now we'll see if what ive heard over and over is true. its been said there are folks out there willing to pay more than bargain basement prices for really good art. this will be the year i test that theory. if i'm at Lowes home improvement store next winter tellin you what aisle the nails are in, you'll know i messed up! LOL
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
One from out in the boonies! dont even know how i got to, or back, from this place. just driving around country roads looking for inspiration. there was something about the perspective of the road, the silos, and early spring colors in this one. you can see that the buds are trying to show on the trees a little. hooray spring!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
trying to keep them very simple and in about three and no more than five values.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
if you like this one drop me an email for price and availability
Ok! the painting marathon is over.... time to kick back and enjoy "key west time" for the next several days before heading back up to NC. i've basically had around two or three days off since getting here. had a great time painting from sun up to sun down, stayed warm, scheduled a date for me to teach a workshop here next winter. taught some private lessons, picked up a great gallery that i'm honored to be a part of, sold one in there already too! stayed warm, and sold a bunch of the little gems online, and stayed warm this winter. oh did i say that already. now its time to slow down now that fifteen paintings have been delivered to the gallery for the new season. i might go standup paddleboarding, or kiteboard some, or just go hang out on the beach. cant wait to get back to mine and i think they said it was like 70 today up there! springs on the way.
hope you got some of the $50 blog pieces while i was offering them because those were my last that i will be selling that low ever again. i'm going to concentrate very hard on not posting everything i do and putting $50 on all of it. i get a really good one and i think man,,,, i cant believe i'll only get $50 for this... it took as long as an 8x10 does and for substantially less money. ive put my miles and miles of canvas in, painting like a maniac for several years now, and now i'm going to slow the pace and do work that will be desirable to those who know a good painting and dont mind paying $20-$50 extra bucks for a nice little gem. there are still tons of daily painters out there who'll paint something for $50 but they arent in over a dozen galleries up and down the eastern seaboard either. just trying to explain that i've got to start making the little ones pay their own way, time/money-wise, and pricing them $75-$100 will go a long way towards that goal.
i want to paint really nice stuff and not give it away, thats all. this will require me to NOT post EVERY piece i paint (like i have been), so that will inevitably drop the amount of paintings sold, but i'm bettin i'll make up for it with really good small ones that sell for $75 and $100 (depending on how much time i spend on it).
still a steal when you consider what a few extra inches would cost you were i selling it framed in a gallery with rent,payroll, lights and other overhead, right? hey... we all gotta make a living!
so dont give up on me over $25-$50 ok? i promise you'll continue to get what you pay for LOL
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
below are more gallery paintings!
End of the Street Key West-8x10
My fave cuban eatery. black beans and rice, with a side of plantains. MMMmm good!
Stock Island Mooring- 12x16
Peace and Quite-8x10
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Sold this off the easel to a nice couple on Summerland Key. I loved the way the aqua house lit up in the late afternoon sun flanked by palms, and a jeep in the carport. He gave me a t-shirt for his charter flats fishing business too. nice guy! you meet the coolest people doing this for a living. thanks for letting me do this, Jesus!
Higgs Beach Tiki Hut-8x10
contact me for price and availability if you like this one
This is the popular beach just north of Southernmost Point. people swim, lay out, and standup paddleboard here. the tiki hut was lit up in the sun and demanded i pay attention to it LOL
i've tweaked this one again! took the distracting bicyclist out made the cars on the left bigger, lightened the shadow going left to right and made a more pleasing shape that points towards the background, took some of the yellow out of the curb and unified/simplified some of the tree masses. i'm really finished with this one. well no.... i heard its never finished till its hanging on someone's wall. then its finished!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Felt like fooling with the knife "cape school style" on this one. the color is pure and color shifts are really subtle, as is often the case on cape style knife paintings.
email me if you like this one and i'll tell you the price and if its available
Was going to do this with a knife, but switched to the brush right after blocking it in with one. was looking good brushed and didnt want to switch to the blade.
Friday, March 5, 2010
thought i'd show you my daily uniform. usually less the longsleeve shirt tho'. wore that today because we set a record this morning. not since 1890 something has it been fifty something degrees in march. saw some with thick coats and wool hats on today. seriously?