Friday, July 31, 2009
This is the color study I did for Jeff's painting. I used a limited palette for the study: cad red med, cad yellow pale and ultramarine. For the larger piece I added flesh tint by Georgian and Sap Green... in all large pieces I also use my leftover paint which I tube and use as my mud, I picked this little tidbit up from Kevin MacPhearson.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This is the view off of my back porch. It is a beautiful field that looks amazing during every season. After each hay harvest, it becomes "Dave's Driving Range" and I can hit golf balls for a couple of weeks before it get too tall and I start to loose golf balls. It's a good 3 iron to the farthest spot. I finally spent the money to get the brands and colors I needed and it has made all the difference... it was quite the investment, but since I have not been using the palette knife on these landscapes, I hope it goes further. They are all Rembrandts and Windsor & Newton.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I did this piece for my good friend Jeff to mark his half century mark. He chose the subject matter which happened to be this train station in the little village where he and his wife, Donna, just bought a mountain house near Blue Ridge, Georgia. This piece went off without too much fuss. I usually curse a lot and throw a few tantrums while working on pieces this large, but not this one, although it was exhausting. The finished product was much different than I had in my minds eye. I didn't do my knife technique on this one for a few different reasons, one, the brush work actually looked too good to destroy and the paint wasn't thick enough to manipulate. Either way, I am very pleased with this and I hope Jeff and Donna will love it as much as I do and hang it with pride in their new home away from home. Happy 50th, Me Jeff...
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is smaller than I usually wok, but times are tough! I had a few 6"x6" canvas's left, thought I would use them up and I really enjoyed working this size. It makes those 8"x8" canvas's seem huge and bulky. I put this lime on lilac for some reason, I usually like to play more with compliments for the bang factor, but I didn't this time. I feel the need to do a lime on a pink or red color, guess I will put that on my never ending list of things I want to paint.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Been on the road again, this time to Nashville for Chris Isaak. My friends band, The Wrights, opened for him at the Ryman. It was a great show. If you like well written country music that has lots of harmonies and air, you would love the Wrights. Adam and his wife Shannon are incredibly talented. You can find most of their music on iTunes. It was a whirlwind, as usual, up on Wednesday, back on Thursday... Dinner at Margot's and breakfast at Marche. I also got a couple of great pictures of some Googie Art signs for my collection.
To make up for lost time, I did 3 paintings today, studies of whole lemons and limes. Tomorrow I will cut them up and play around with thim. This piece is the first. I really like the neutral lilac color in the background of this piece. I usually don't do that to often, I tend to lean towards more pure color, but I also like to mix things up a bit. Pleased with the outcome here.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Back at it again after a long weekend celebrating one of my best friends 50th birthdays, Jeff Stuart. Jeff was my history teacher in high school, then when I was in college we became very good friends, both being creative entities and all. I was also a groomsman in his wedding, one of them! Jeff is also a founding member of our 2 man band, The Swerve Kings. He is a very talented musician, he plays the piano, guitar, sings and writes musicals. He is also a folk artist and one of my favorite people on the face of the planet. He and his wife, Donna, had our close group of friends up to their mountain house in Blue Ridge. I am sure the locals were glad to see us go...
Anywho, got some great pics, but I am ready to get back into the saddle after several days off. Today was painting class, Millie did a great demo and then I rattled this baby off from a picture I took a few weeks back when Jules and I went to pick peaches down in a neighboring village. This is the same palette we have been using that is different from my usual palette. I also got new paints in today, I hope that they will help with the colors, I have been bumpling around with Winton brand oils... these are MUCH better Rembrandt oils. Can't wait to use them...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This is a commission piece for Ellen who runs the Cotton' Pickin' Fair. Ellen is a 6th generation resident of Gay, the town was actually named for them. Gay was previously known as Sasserville, which was also named after her family. When Sasserville wanted to incorporate and get a post office, the found that there was already a Sasserville, GA. Thus the name Gay was used. The family sight where Gandpa's house is located is also where the fair is held. There are dozens of old tin buildings that were used back in the days when Meriwether county was the peach capital of Georgia. The fair is held the first weekend every May and October. It is the only show I do and it will be my second one this year. Ellen and crew have been very good to me as has gotten a great deal of exposure for my work. She plans on using this piece as a logo for the Fair.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This was a piece from my painting class this morning. Today we worked from our own photos in the dreaded palette of doom, which I must say, I am growing somewhat fond of.... somewhat. I had to do it twice in class and the second time was the charm. I would like to do this piece larger at some point, but I say that about all of them!
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Monday, July 13, 2009
I really needed a day like today. A day when all the stars align, there is enough coffee and plenty of patience to make something great happen. I started this painting with one thought and ended with another, which may be my only complaint. I initially planned on having the trees in all blues and violets, very somber and cold, and then out where this is light.... the water, the marsh grass, the trees on the other side, i wanted to make warm, vibrant and electric... somewhere along the way, i dropped that and went ahead with what I was doing, whatever that was. I listened to 4 Tom Waits albums, drank 2 cups of coffee (after 3pm) and painted like I hadn't in a long time. I am pretty sure that since I have been with daily painters, that has tainted me and my efforts to some degree. All my attention goes to that and checking the status of my painting and hoping someone will nibble on one.... blah, blah. That first week spoiled me, when I sold 2. I figured, hell, if I sold 2 in the first week, I should at least average one a week at worst or maybe 3 a month, right? Wrong. Lesson learned. I will paint what I want to paint and that is the end of the story.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thought I would break the square mold a bit today with this 6"x8" piece. We have an overabundance of cherry tomatoes and peppers from the garden at this point in time. I love the yellow greens and the deepness of the reds together, it is a great combo.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
On our whirlwind tour of Tennessee for the 4th holiday, we stayed with some friends in Memphis. Julie has great friends that are always so generous to open their homes to us, and I can appreciate what a hardship visitors can be... I, myself, am not a fan of overnight guests! I feel for them, they have to listen to my snoring, risk the possibility of catching me in my underwear and deal with me getting up at the crack of dawn. Stacy and Brian were too kind, and I like to give something in return. I didn't have to time paint while we were there, so I painted this when we got home. Stacy loves peacock feathers to the point she had them in her wedding bouquet, which i noticed with a little snooping. Anyhow, not typical fare for be, but I enjoyed the challenge.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I did this piece after that last post, it is a different peach, I did not glue them back together. I really love the way in blew into a zillion pieces. The abstract quality is always what makes me the most interested in a piece. It is something you see every day, but deconstructed, shattered, broken, but whole. After all, that is our job, to make see things you see every day in a way that you have never seen them before.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Well, after a week off, traveling to Paris and Memphis, TN for the 4th of July and a bout of food poisoning, I was up for a little painting. However, I forget how much you "forget" when you take that much time off. I found myself asking a lot of questions as I worked, it was not as automatic as usual, not to mention uncomfortable. I really feel like I need to go back and brush up on my fundamentals like light and shadow when you mix paint. Everything seems flat and has no natural form. Having not been formally trained to paint, these things come back to haunt you. At least I know what they are!!
Friday, July 3, 2009
I am taking the day off today, I have traveled to Tennessee to visit Jules' family and then go to Memphis, TN to visit friends with a new baby, I have my painting gear with me, but I elected to play golf at the Tennessean today. Beautiful, hilly course. I highly recommend if you are ever in the Paris, TN area. I hope to post new paintings soon, but I ain't in my schedule this weekend!! I Hope you all have a happy and safe 4th, and for crying out load, stay away from fireworks if you have been drinking! You know who you are....
By the way, this painting sells for $640, I will be willing to part with it for the age of our country this 4th... $233. In case you don't know when when you see one, this is a deal. I'll throw in the gold frame it is in for another $30... Happy 4th!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The past few weeks I have felt very lack luster about my skills and the work I have been putting out... so today I treated myself to the Old Dave landscape-style landscape and it felt pretty damn good. I guess when you play around with new stuff, i.e. colors, brushes, styles, etc. you will flounder, and I have been floundering a bit with a few good pieces here and there with some not-so-good stuff thrown in. It felt pretty good to do my old thing and have it come out exactly the way I wanted it to, or is that just because I am so used to the materials that I knew what it would look like before I started... makes you wonder. It also make me wonder about the "formula" we all settle into as artists and have to break through every now and again. Regardless, I love the end result...