Thursday, October 31, 2013

SOLD-The Shining-8x8

a large 8x8 for a 6x8 price! the other mornings outing in Swansboro, a quaint little down east village on the water. click Buy Now. this one wont last long

Blueman Group- 12x16
on gallery wrap canvas/ painted around the sides (no frame needed)
email me for price and availability

ive had this painting kicking around for a few years and always loved it. it had a nice composition and the perspective was drawn well. why was it not hanging in a down east cottage or hanging in a Raleigh home, reminding its owner of their beach house?

 let me tell you....the ones I don't love, I ruthlessly sand them down and regesso them for future mercy with bad paintings. thing is I thought they were great two years ago LOL!
thought i'd put my two years of new experience painting to use and repaint parts of it. here's the original and then what I did this morning to improve it.
 1. repainted all the major shapes with more saturated (read bright/pretty) color. thought this was just a little too neutral. folks don't like neutral paintings. this was done outside and I tend to be more naturalistic (read neutral) out there. one of the pitfalls of painting and looking " into the sun". look how much better the farthest back house looks purplish/blue versus gray
2. worked on the cars in the bottom right corner. darker red in the shadow and warmer and lighter in the light. darkened the truck with the camper
3. brightened the lights on the bushes and darkened and cooled the shadows. this trick breaks the light out away from the shadow (read-gives more contrast)
4. gave the sky more temperature shifts and variety.
5. made the shadows on the white driveway bluer and darker.

wow! what a difference. always give your 'dead' inventory a careful once over before destroying them. they might just need some simple TLC to bring them back to life. put those years of experience since you painted it to good use. but don't think theyre all redeemable. they aren't. that's why we get paid the big bucks. yeah right. that's hysterical!

Monday, October 21, 2013

SOLD-Shoreline Houses-5x6

did this from a study I did this past summer. I drill it into my students that you've got to put a piece of paint down and leave it. that keeps it from getting overworked. this smaller ones also good practice at accurate mark making.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Atlantic Duo-16x20

Atlantic Duo-16x20
email me if youre interested in purchasing

this was completed mostly on location and tweaked in the studio. I think ive finally figured out how to quit messing them up back in the studio. you can almost never really "finish one out" on these big one in the field and I thought the bigger ones needed more subtle color (ie, temperature) shifts. the drawing and values must be left alone and the overall color note put down on location. the key is to just go into that and add smaller shapes within big ones in slightly different colors of similar paint. this gives the subtlety bigger ones need. if you want to see what i'm talking about look at the shadow under the truck. lots of color shifts under there but when you squint the mass is intact value and color-wise.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

$100-Seven Miles of Heaven-6x8

$100 plus $10 s/h
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been out on the road doing workshops the past two weeks and internet access gets a little sketchy so I just waited till I got back to post. that's my story and i'm sticking to it!
was in Austin Tx and Atlanta. both workshops went well. Austin is a really neat city with tons of artists and musicians. very cool places to eat and I ate my share of texmex fare while I was there!
then off to Binders Art store in Atlanta for a class on Cape School Underpainting. i'll have another workshop (plein air) in Atlanta again in may. 
Upcoming stuff: Art of the Carolinas in November, The Studios of Key West January thru March.
p.s.  I have some maine paintings that I can sell at a savings since I don't have any representation up there so if you'd like one email me and i'll send you pics of whats available

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

$100-Keys House and Bouganvillea-6x8

$100 plus $10 s/h
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these colder mornings make me think of sitting on the porch in the florida keys eating breakfast in shorts. then that makes me want to paint something from there. so you'll probably see more than a few from there, as the weeks stretch into the holidays and colder temps.
in sad news, my friend Gene Munn, father of my cape cod gallery owner Liz Rowley, died peacefully sunday at the age of 94. I stayed with him the last three years I spent  there and grew sooo fond of him. i'll miss you gene! you were both an inspiration, and source of encouragement to me.