Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Cooling Her Heels"

4 x 12"
oil on masonite
sold

I'm noticeably having fun with the blues and turquoises of the ocean and painted this loose one today.  From the ocean at Hilton Head Island.



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Keeper of the Lures"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold

A loose, painterly study of a woman keeping watch over the tackle box - from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.




Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Figure 1"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold

I absolutely love figure drawing and miss going to sessions with models - it's been years.  There are a couple of websites that provide figures in multitudes of poses, with clothes and without - it's a great means to practicing painting or drawing the human body.   Charley Parker has a good article about this on Lines & Colors if you're interested.  This study was done from one of the poses on this site - which is free for artists and survives on donations.  It's good exercise, I'd highly recommend it.

I don't have a clever title, I thought I'd do more in the future, starting with this new piece. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Wet Ones"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold

I had to take a break from the paints to frame the pieces for my upcoming show and thought I'd warm up with a loose figurative of two women enjoying the ocean waters in South Beach.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Grand Island"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold

This would be the last of the paintings included in my upcoming show Here Comes The Sun - one of my personal favorites, spotted along the Lincoln Highway in Nebraska.  To the best of my recollection, this home was somewhere outside of the town Grand Island, basking in the afternoon sunshine.  I kept thinking I could happily settle in a place up there, in Nebraska or Iowa if it weren't for the winters.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Beaufort"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold

I spotted this old church on a town corner in Beaufort, South Carolina - a charming place to visit, best known for that fabulous house in The Big Chill.  This piece will be in the grouping for my upcoming show Here Comes The Sun, and also one of three I submitted into the Edward Hopper House for their Annual Small Matters of Great Importance.   For a larger view, please click here.




Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Anamosa"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold

A couple weeks ago, a friend sent me the link to an opportunity I couldn't pass up - the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York is asking for artists' submissions for their Annual Small Matters of Great Importance Juried Exhibition.  At the time, I was hedging on adding several more to my upcoming show Here Comes The Sun, and I figured I'd do both - come up with three small paintings (which is required), put them in the grouping and cross my fingers they'd be chosen for the Hopper House Show later in October.  Why not give it a try.   

This setting is from Anamosa, a little town in Iowa, along the Grant Wood Byway.  Please click here for a larger view.

For artists who may be interested in submitting work to the Edward Hopper House exhibition, please click here for more information.




Friday, August 10, 2012

"The Shy One"

7 x 10"
oil on panel

There are a few photos I've worked from multiple times - this is from one I took in Charleston years back.  I'm just nuts about the shadows on the wall.  I actually painted most of this weeks ago, let it dry, then played with additional gold washes over the wall, some palette knife stuff with the palm leaves and some drybrushing on the ground and on the young man.  I had no idea what would happen, only that it's good to just let it happen.

This painting will be included in a grouping titled Here Comes The Sun, opening September 14th at the 16 Patton Gallery.  Please click here for a larger view and purchase information.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

"Early in Sterling"

10 x 6"
oil on panel

A new painting added to the grouping for my show 'Here Comes The Sun' - a Hopper-like row of little houses in Sterling, Colorado, basking in the early morning sun.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

"Pro Tractor"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold

What I was dazzled with out west was the expansive views - seeing forever - noticing how color and tones define distance.  It's a whole other learning curve for me.   I tell you, if I lived in California, I'd be taking long drives all the time - out to nowheresville and back with my camera.  It's inspiring.  

This new painting is from southern California where the berry farms make the landscape look like patterned fabric.  I felt a little Van Gogh-ish with the brush, lots of pleasure doing this piece.