Friday, November 30, 2012

"Blue Birds"

10 x 8"
oil on panel

A new painting included in my grouping 'Met Life' - a group of school girls being led through the Sculpture Gallery in the Met.  I painted a small study of these girls months back and always wanted to go a little larger and play with the movement a bit more, as shown in the detail below.


detail

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Behind The News"

8 x 10"
oil on panel

A new painting included in my 'Met Life' grouping - a woman reading the New York Times in the Sculpture Gallery at the Met.  I've painted her several times, several ways including black and white and always excluded the dense ferns above the marble bench.  In this new piece, I think I finally got what I've been reaching for - with appreciation for the cool/warm marble and the greenery above her.  You can't see it clearly, but there's a touch of palette knife that gave me that yummy aqua and the warm light on the floor.  I like it.

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Just a quick note - the Morris & Whiteside Gallery will be hosting a Holiday Open House, Friday the 7th, to welcome visitors and the new paintings will be up if you're able to stop by.




Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Monkish"


12 x 9"
oil on panel

I enjoyed a perfect Thanksgiving, hope you did too.  Remember I said I seem to say the words 'it's always something' on a daily basis?  The day after the holiday I woke up to a back problem and have been suffering ever since.   Painting has been out of the question.  I'm getting better, so soon enough.  It's always somethin'....

It's a good time to show you my new paintings all done specially for an upcoming show at the Morris & Whiteside Gallery - opening next Friday, December 7th.  Due to unexpected circumstances, there will not be an opening reception, but the show goes on.  My grouping is titled 'Met Life', a variety of observations from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.   New paintings from Ken Auster will be up as well - I hope you'll stop by the gallery during December to see all of our paintings.

First peek is 'Monkish',  a gentleman who I thought looked very much like the figures in the icons he was viewing. 


 detail

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Catching Up


Thanksgiving's a few days away and I'm psyched for the way the kitchen smells when the turkey's roasting and eating my weight in sweet potato casserole. 

I've spent the past weeks finishing up the new work for a dual show in December with Ken Auster - and I've put my paints away for a short while to simply enjoy the holiday week.  Before I get busy in the kitchen, I wanted to post the paintings I did at the recent workshop - a demo and sometimes two every day - which I try to include a variety of subjects.

Starting with Monday's demo, which I share the original reference photo and the students paint their versions the following day .....


10 x 8"
sold


Tuesday's demo...
 
 8 x 8"
sold


Wednesday morning's demo...
 
6 x 6"
sold


Wednesday afternoon's demo, starring our dog Joey...

7 x 5"
sold


Thursday's demo, from a police mugshot...

4 x 4"
sold


and Friday's demo.

8 x 8"
sold


My next workshop is in New York City, held at the National Academy on 5th Avenue - an amazing place to paint, a goldmine of imagery to capture.  The date is next May, the Tuesday after Memorial Day - and Sedona Arts Center is who you want to contact if you're interested in signing up.  The details are on the right-side column of this blog.

Another reminder that Brett has brand-new Tabletop Easels available as well as brand-new AlterEasels --- now there's a perfect gift for an artist if someone needs a hint.

And I'll be back to painting next weekend, meanwhile ~
 wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving





Monday, November 5, 2012

Live, Work & Play Time



My apologies for not posting during the past two weeks.  By the time we arrived in Hilton Head - after days of packing and go-go-go,  I just removed myself from the real world including my iPad, email, laptop, phone and took a long, deep breath and relaxed for a change.


 our little slice of heaven



 Our Beach Boys - Zac and Joey


A couple of days later our friends, Karen and Neil Hollingsworth, joined us for a much-needed break from the routine.



 Brett and Karen


 Brett, the dogs and Neil


After they left, the weather reports started coming in about Sandy, and for a while, we weren't sure if we were in the path of the storm - just glued to the ever-changing news and hoping for the best.  I was mainly concerned about my workshop students who were on their way - turned out everyone arrived safe and sound during the weekend which was a great relief.



 rougher seas



The workshop started last Monday, I was joined by my assistant, Kelli, from the Sedona Arts Center and twenty-one of the most warm, friendly, eager and talented women - five which came back for another round.  I knew after the first day how very lucky I was to have such a great group of broads and they made my week so enjoyable.  Thanks to all who spent the week with me, I am recharged and more motivated than ever.



 my gals hard at work



 an exercise painting mugshots



 immersed in our stuff, enjoying the paints



It needs to be said - being at the beach for two weeks, watching the sun rise right outside my window every morning and the moon rise every evening to wish us a good night's sleep - being in the company of strong, fabulous women who love to paint and talk about art - sharing my down-time with the guy and the pups I love so much - knowing the storm and that mighty sea we walked beside every day reeked havoc in many lives and destroyed those homes they've worked hard to build and nurture - it was humbling and a profound reminder of how grateful we are for being back home safe and sound and having each other.



Peace to All




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