Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
the sunrise scene was done from a field study. whenever youre feeling cold or stressed and just want to get away from it all, this one will take you where you wanna go. to margaritaville!
Friday, February 25, 2011
i'm offering this oil study of some blocks on a salmon colored table cloth as a study aid for anybody thats ever taken my Cape School Underpainting class (or any other cape school instructors workshop- ie camille prezwodek, susan sarback, lois griffel, mary giammarino, john clayton, or rob longley).
what it will do for you is show you how different notes of color in the same value are layered one on top of the other to simulate flickering sunlight. this is what monet, seurat, pissaro, sargent and others were after. monet, seurat, pissaro, charles hawthorne, and others started the impressionist movement letting the eye optically mix the color on the canvas. it really looks like sunlight when you use this method. i'll be teaching it in atlanta at Binders Art Store in October or December. the dates still undetermined but i'll have it nailed down in a week or so and post it on the right sidebar, should you want to sign up. Look at the close up of the white block in sunlight, below. look at the subtle yellows, pinks, and oranges that were laid on top of a lavender (the same value) to create opulence.
believe me when i tell you that if you buy this study aid it will change the way you paint a shape. never flat looking again! and in this case "a picture (or the actual painting in your hand) is worth a thousand words!"
8x10 on gessoed board
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tropical Hideaway- 8x10
a few more for the show.i'm winding down and getting very close to completion. one more 8x10 (probably a night scene from the docks) and a 12x16 i'm working on in the studion, will be it. i'm in the "short rows" as they say where i'm from.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Busy getting the last paintings done for the show. framing, inventorying, tweaking and nerves over how they'll be recieved. all part of putting together a body of work for a show. i like about 75% of what i did. is that a normal amount? should i like more (too critical) should i like less (not critical enough). who cares? it is what it is. i'm sure no one in the creative field is ever satisfied with what theyve done. if we ever did, we'd probably find another stimulating challenge.
all i know is the keys resound in my soul. i feel at home here, tho i only live here part of the year. and in no time (about 30 days) i'll be heading to another home. i guess i'm one of those guys, "wherever i lay my hat is my home"
Friday, February 18, 2011
all of these will be in the upcoming show. i spent the morning painting and then my frames came in from fedex. i spent the rest of the afternoon framing all this stuff i've been painting since i got here. the fun part of a show is getting to see the paintings all hung together as a visual statement of how you paint a certain place. i'll get to see the individual pieces as a body of work, a culmination of a thought expressed in paint. the mood of each painting and its creator blend into a larger statement that expresses graphically/artistically, how i see key west.
With each piece i tried to show its allure, ambiance and sunshine.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
was out doing this two sessions yesterday and today. suprised i got anything done answering tourists questions. "where's Blue Heaven, where's Duval St."
Corner of Caroline and Elizabeth St- 8x10
headed to Gallery on Greene
I'll be putting about 25 paintings into my upcoming show . the opening reception is March 5th.
here's a list of upcoming workshops in the next couple of months. to sign up contact me or the sponsor (links on right sidebar)
Ft. Pierce Florida- Paint Camp- a painting 101 class- April 1st and 2nd
Wilmington NC Art Assoc.- Paint Loose and Colorful Outside- April 11-13
Roswell Ga.-Paint Loose and Colorful Outside- April 18-20
Dare Co. Arts Council- Nags Head NC- Paint Loose and Colorful Outside- Apr. 25-27
Bald Head Island NC- Paint Loose and Colorful Outside- May 2-4
Jacksonville NC Arts Council- One day Plein Air workshop- May 7th
Wheeling West Va.- Paint Loose and Colorful Outside- May 20-22
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Just got the news today that i'll be holding a five day intensive plein air workshop at Acadia Workshop Center in Maine in September of 2012. the landscape is beautiful and there will be a class full of eager students, since the majority will be coming a long way to study there. Its located on Mt Desert Island, which is the second longest island on the east coast. i cant wait. somebody brought it to my attention that i gravitate towards teaching/painting on islands and here's just another example of that right?
Dont forget that i've also got a Maine workshop scheduled in August of this year at Port Clyde (and we'll possibly go over to Monhegan Island) We're going to stay in a beautiful hotel called Ocean House and he's offered us the dining room for class if the weather refuses to cooperate. this class will be limited to just a few so it'll fill up fast. if youre interested give me a shout at 919-920-9718 and i'll get you down. bring the rest of your family and make it a great august vacation. there's lots to do for everybody and great scenery
The Blue Gate- 8x10
this had several things that caught my eye. the blue gate, the bouganvillea tree and the house all juxtaposed. the windows were boarded up on the house (its being renovated) so i kept the brown shapes and just added window panes to make it look lived in. took out some houses that were behind it to make it more solitary, plus there was enough already going on in the composition. in my workshops i always stress how important it is to edit, edit, edit. take out whatever is not important to telling your story in paint.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
the night i painted this was entirely different than when i painted "on the docks-key west-6x8". it was chilly and we had a gusty cold wind out of the north. people were walking around in coats and sweatshirts. it was maybe 55. and yes i'm spoiled now and had on a sweatshirt. i know.... i can see those tears of sorrow for me right now :D
there old adage that the more you do something the easier it gets is true. the nocturne's are getting easier to analyse out there therefor making it easier to paint in a believable manner. and in less time, which is a bonus since i'm not paid by the hour.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
did this one after sunset using a headlamp to light up the painting and palette where i was mixing color.
my night time paintings are way better than when i did my first nocturnal down here two yrs ago. i've done many since then and as they say "practice makes perfect"
on this night there was a soft warm breeze, and music from bar bands playing, not to mention the smell of good food floating thru the air. i painted this one till about 9 pm. the whole time i was thinking "not bad... painting after dark in shorts and a t-shirt in February! This is the life!"
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
as always there are occassional last minute cancellations so if youre coming to key west (or live here already) let me know if you'd like to get one of those spots if one opens up. my cell is 919-920-9718