Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Love the shadows on the sides of buildings but have not really painted one, now I know why! It is harder than it looks, although I completed this one under duress, it may be a bit before I do another one! The values were difficult and there is a general lack of color it it.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Did this commission piece for a buddy of mine as a wedding present for a friend of his. Painting pets are of no particular interest to me, with the exception of mine, but I really enjoyed this, perhaps because Old Madge hear reminds me of my first dog who was named for Dinah Shore. Don't know why, I just liked her cooking show when I was a wee boy.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Pulled this picture from my pile of hay pics I have taken the past few weeks. It's that last cut of the season but it is WAY to hot fro me to want to get out. I like the slope of the field and the trees in the distance, but the need to be pushed back a bit... to saturated. Otherwise I am pretty happy with this small study.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
See these barns every day on my way to and from work. Thought I should paint them more, even though they have been the subjects of several paintings.
Been painting on my new plein air get up made by ArtBox out of AriZona. Got to say I love it better than my Guerilla box and my Julian Full... it is stupid light and has tons of mixing space.
I'll post a picture of it the next time I am out.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Time is short now that school is back in session and I am kinda wiped out. Did this little study of my favorite tea cup given to me by Dr. John Kim, a great integrated medicine practitioner. The tea cup even has this cool little lid that I did not include in the painting. I liked the thick swipes of the brush so much , I did very little manipulating with the knife.
Piece done from here until the beginning of October will be for sale at the Cotton Pickin' Fair the first weekend in October. If you really love a piece, let me know and I will put your name on it in case it does not sell.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Once again the limits of modern photography have been pushed to the limit. There is now way a camera can capture the color in this piece. I tried several times to no avail. There is no way to capture the oranges of the moon and the subtle yellows of the sky around the moon. Guess you have to see it in person!
Used a very different palette just to play around and was blown away by the colors. I used windsor green (Windsor and Newton), cad yellow light (Rembrandt), Quinacridone Red (Gamblin) and some Permalba white.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The second cutting is cutting of hay is in progress in the Georgia Piedmont, but it is TOO hot to paint outdoors anytime after 10am. I have taken a couple of great reference pics to work form, including the one that inspired this piece. We have a huge field across the dirt road from us, if they leave it out for a couple of days, I will sneak over there one morning.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Another box for the collection. There is noting better than Jiffy... the crack of cornbread. I can't leave a skillet of this stuff alone after it has been cooked. If I still ate ice cream, I swear they would go great together.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Julie and I dropped artwork of at Quincy Art and Toys in Seaside this morning and after chatting with Jared, the manager, he suggested I check out Fairhope, AL for possible galleries as some of their other artists have gallery representation there. Ironically, Julie and I had just seen an article in Southern Living (the same on featuring the Idea Home I am in) about a couple who moved an old house to the lake and get their mail by boat... my kinda house.
Fairhope was only 2 hours away from Seagrove, so we skipped on over to "check out the scene". We drove around a bit and gawked at the houses on the bay. Next, we drove around downtown to scope out where the galleries were. They definitely have some great shopping there but most of the galleries I found were for local artists; not my flavor for several reasons... the strongest of which is that I am not local. So, I am guessing I may not have been in the right area... but it sure looked like it.
However, on our last stop we found a gem... or two. The gallery/studio is owned by Christine Linson who is also the only artist in the gallery. To me, she was living the dream. Working and selling out of one space in a great area. I never tell anyone in a gallery that I am an artist, Julie usually does that. They either stop talking to me, or just stop the sales pitch. Quite the opposite with Christine and her partner in crime (whose name escapes me as I write this, I never forget a face, but I can forget a name as soon as I hear it). She and her friend were so cute and too funny. They spent a great deal of time with us talking about my future as an artist and getting our stories. Her cats had the run of the place and the space itself was large.
We hit it off great, and due to her lack of computer savviness, I agreed to blog about her. Christine can do it all and is a master marketer. She had great plein air watercolor work, beautiful water and wind inspired abstracts, note cards of the city landmarks she had done, pulls of her work and a couple of books that she has written and illustrated. It was so great to see someone doing what they love and making it work. It was truly inspirational. We bought some note cards that she signed for us, and then we chatted some more.
My dream has always been to have a live/ work space in an artsy downtown area where I can paint day and night and show my work. Christine has showed me once again that it can be done!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Did this monster for an old high school friend of mine and her husband. There had been whispers of a commission of the Pines for a while now. It's is always nice when someone identifies with imagery that is so special to you. These are not done from pictures or even from life. It comes from the heart and from the soul. This one is the largest of the series I have ever completed at 30"x40". It was a challenge, but so much fun!
This picture doesn't do this painting justice. I have 3 more and each one looks different.