Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn Lake 289

One of the larger plein air pieces I have done. Roger Dale Brown gave me some great pointers on painting water... reflections are vertical and light is horiZontal... and no hard edges in the reflections. This one tipped over in a wind gust and had Gamsol spilled on it. That's what I get for stepping away from the easel in a wind. I took it home after cleaning up and fixed the ruined areas. Gotta love oils!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Movalli Inspired Marsh 288

Movalli covered a 24"x30" canvas in about 30 minutes and it was brilliant... so I tried. I love the less is more theory of painting as well. His palette was simple, cad yellow, yellow ochre, cad red, ultramarine, and pthalo.... he may have had aliZarin, but digress. He used only 2 brushes... 90% of the time he used a number 12 bristle and and at the end, for about 5 key strokes, he used a number 8.

I came home and wanted to try, not that I paint slowly, just a bit more deliberately I guess. I had these 18"x24" canvases sitting around , so I vowed to put the to good uses using some of my marsh reference photos from the weekend.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Marsh Studies 286 & 287

Marsh I, oil on panel, 5"x8" 
Marsh II, oil on panel, 2.5"x5"
While in Myrtle Beach for the OPA show, Martin and I went out to Cherry Grove to do some plein air studies. Martin did a large piece and I focused on doing 2 smaller studies in hopes of producing larger pieces later this winter

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oil Painters of America, 10.17.10

Julie and I talk with Atlanta artist Charles Walls

My nook shared with Bill Farnsworth's piece on the right

The Wall

The overview of the show
It has been a couple of weeks since I last updated the blog, so I will be brining it up to date in the next few posts.

The weekend of the 17th, Martin Pate, Julie and I traveled to Wilmington, NC to view the OPA Eastern Regional show that Martin and I were accepted to. We stayed in North Myrtle Beach and did some painting when we weren't at the show or an event.

Friday the event opened, you can see my shoddy camera work to get a feel fro the space. There was a great crowd. CW Mundy was there as was Neil Patterson and Robert Movalli, who was the judge. Kevin MacPherson had a piece in the show but was not there. Movalli studied with Emil Gruppe and co-wrote 2 books with him. I own one called Brushwork for the Oil Painter.

Movalli demonstrated Saturday morning and it was amaZing... He talked most of the time and still managed to paint and 24"x30" canvas. He worked so quickly... both the drawing and the painting. See the video for clips of his demo. He never stopped moving and he talked to the canvas, so the audio stinks.

Anyway, it was a great experince and I could not have been more humbled. My '59 Caddy hanging on the wall, sans frame, with the likes of MacPherson, and CW Mundy.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tomatoes on Green 284

Wanted to get one more daily painting in before we left for the OPA Eastern Region Show in Wilmington, NC this past weekend. Got back late Sunday night, so as soon as I get these up, finish my cartoons for the Monday deadline, I will download the video and pics from the weekend to share!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mt. Carmel Revisited 283

Can't get enough of this subject. I really like the colors in this one better than in any other. They harmonies are perfect.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Two Pears and a Plate on Pink 282

Started this one as a demo at the Cotton Pickin' Fair, but got so busy talking to people... I never wrapped it up. This was the first time I had really worked on top of a dried underpainting. Interesting experiment, I like to outcome but I don't know if I will continue to do that. I love alla prima... the way the paint flows together in one uniform soup on the canvas.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Caddy in a Square, 280

As promised, here is the real thing... all 16 square feet of her... she is hanging in the Legacy Theater in Tyrone, GA for the show, Driving Miss Daisy, contact Greg at the Dogwood Gallery for purchase info.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Galveston Caddy in a Square

Just finished the 4'x4' monster last week before the Cotton Pickin Fair. I have been busy prepping for the fair, so this mobile image is all I have at the moment. I hope to poast a better image before it goes off to the Dogwood Gallery and then the walls of the Legacy Theater.
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