Sunday, September 18, 2016

Paintings of the Week and Studio Update for September 18, 2016


Paintings of the Week


This week I can show all three of the shell paintings in their finished form:


"Monumental Shell I"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm).
Private Collection
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"Monumental Shell II"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm).
Private Collection
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"Monumental Shell III"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm).
Private Collection
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Studio Update

Last week I showed an end-to-end video for one of the shell paintings, and here is a similar video for the other two paintings:.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for September 10, 2016

Painting of the Week




"Pillars of Light"
Oil on Canvas, 18x24 inches, framed.
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Each of these vessels - a stoneware bowl, an Imari jar, an antique wine jar, a crystal goblet, and a ginger jar wrapped in wicker - receives the light in a different way, and reflects it back to the world according to it's individual nature. The chipped and weathered slabs of marble they rest on seem to emerge out of nowhere, and float on nothingness; a metaphor for our lives.

Studio Update

All three of the commissioned shell paintings are now by and large done. A few minor adjustments are needed here and there - strengthening colors and refining details, but that should be no more than a few hours' work, and then it will be on to new projects. Here is a video of the third painting, from start to finish:



Saturday, September 03, 2016

Paintings of the Week and Studio Update for September 3

NOTE: I wrote and intended to publish this post last week, but somehow it stayed in draft status and did not appear on my blog.  So... here it is a week late.


Paintings of the Week


This week I'm pleased to present a matched set of trompe l'oeil paintings:




"Boxed Olives"
Oil on panel, 15x5 inches, framed.
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A fresh lemon and a jar of olives wrapped in twine, nestled within an aged and weathered wooden box.




"Cream, Cherries, and Sky"
Oil on panel, 5x5 inches, framed.
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An antique green bottle and cork, wrapped in red string, along with a pair of marbles, all nestled within an aged wooden box.

Studio Update

The second of the three commissioned shell paintings is now finished, and the third is about half done. Please click below to see a video of the work in progress:.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for August 29, 2016


Painting of the Week




"Cream, Cherries, and Sky"
Oil on panel, 5x5 inches, framed.
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An antique porcelain creamer with gold trim, arranged with cherries on a stone shelf and viewed from an angle, all with the deep sky as the backdrop.

Studio Update

The first of the three commissioned shell paintings is now basically complete. I may touch up a few details and adjust a few colors here and there, but the bulk and majority of the work is done and I'm proceeding to the remaining two pieces; hopefully finishing them up this week.



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for August 20


Painting of the Week




"Symposium No. 2"
Acrylic on panel, 2.5x3.5 inches, framed.
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The design of the arch framing this whimsical scene comes from an actual doorway that I sketched during a visit to the city of Jodhpur in Northern India.

Studio Update

More traveling, and more company this week, but work on the commissioned shell paintings continued nonetheless. The underpaintings for all three are now complete. After a few more days of drying, they should be ready for the final push next week. Please click below to see a video of the work in progress:



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for August 14

Painting of the Week




"Fruit, Water, Gothic Window"
Acrylic on panel, 1.5x1.75 inches, framed.
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Painted from imagination, and about the size of a large U.S. postage stamp.

Studio Update

It's vacation time; I've been in Michigan for a family visit, and have more company coming this week. Nevertheless, I have been able to carve out studio time, and have made some headway with the commissioned shell paintings. The underpaintings for two of them are now complete. The goal for this part of the process is not to produce finished-looking work. Instead, I'm blocking in the basic forms, and approximating some of the colors.  It always looks rough, but it's very functional.  Please click below to see a video of the work in progress:



Saturday, August 06, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for August 6

Painting of the Week




"Kitchen Still Life with Olive Jar"
Oil on linen on panel, 9x12 inches, framed.
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A kitchen still life, with a nod to one of my favorite painters, Melendez. Starting with a few simple items, I crowded the composition a little more than I usually do to give it a compact, tight energy. The angled view from the side brought out the drama of the arrangement.

Studio Update

The project for the larger shell paintings is now fully underway. After spending time sketching the shells in various positions and from different angles, I settled on arrangements that best displayed the unusual features and monumental quality of each one. The collector who is commissioning these pieces agreed with my choices, and I've completed the drawings on the panels and begun the underpaintings. Below is the sketch and very beginning of what I think is my favorite of the shells. Painting the sky into the rough and jagged outline turned out to be an absorbing and meditative experience; it felt like I was painting the ocean on a map of some section of the Scandinavian coastline.




Saturday, July 30, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for July 30

Painting of the Week




"Golden Teacup on Red II"
Oil on panel, 3x3 inches, framed.
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Studio Update

This week I was able to finish one set of paintings and begin another. I've been working on a series of miniature shell paintings; about 10 of them are done now, so that's probably enough for the time being. They're drying at the moment, so in about a month or so they should be ready to start showing here. This is one of them in progress, with the reference shell to the left on a shelf built in to my easel.





I also began work on a series of 3 commissioned shell paintings that I mentioned last week. The first step in making paintings like this is to spend a while familiarizing myself with the subjects; arranging them in different poses, seeing them from different angles, and a whole lot of sketching to begin to absorb what is unique and distinctive about each object.





Saturday, July 23, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for July 23

Painting of the Week




"Thingamajig No. 3"
Acrylic on panel, 3x3 inches, framed.
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I have a long list of house maintenance projects to get through this weekend, so this painting came to mind. I don't actually use this sander for day-to-day work, but it has a character that I love, and the vivid red power button seals the deal.

Studio Update

I am starting on a set of 3 commission pieces this week. The collector asked if I would paint some specific shells, which he sent me images of. Since it's always preferable to work from life when possible, I asked if he would send me the shells, which he graciously agreed to, and a few days later the box arrived. The original images didn't give much of a sense of scale, so I was expecting some tiny little things, but they're actually monsters - see the picture with my hand for comparison. It's going to be a fun project - look for more in-progress shots in next week's update





Saturday, July 16, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for July 16

Painting of the Week




"Golden Teacup and Cherries on Damask"
Oil on panel, 3x3 inches, framed.
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Studio Update

My office computer is in total meltdown this week (one of the drives crashed). Fortunately, it hasn't affected my ability to paint, but it has made it difficult to get the kinds of in-progress images I'd like to be showing you.  What I thought I'd share is an image of the start of a small piece.  I paint my smallest pieces at a separate workstation from my main easel - it's actually a large desk - and there is space on the brick for whatever small object I happen to be working from.