Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Painting of the week for October 18, 2016

Painting of the Week


"Chinese Teapot, Bottle, Cherries, Sky"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm)
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A small Chinese teapot sits with a weathered glass bottle and cherries against a vast summer sky.


Monday, October 10, 2016

One-Hour Sketches

Today I decided to share something a little different.  I do quite a lot of sketches and studies during the course of any given week, some related to whatever my current project is, some to learn something new or work out a technical issue, and some just for my own fun and satisfaction.  These are usually limited to about an hour, and often I'll use an actual timer; when it goes off, the painting is finished.  Here are five recent sketches, all done with oil on linen, and the dimensions are roughly 7x5 inches.






Monday, October 03, 2016

Painting of the Week for October 3

Painting of the Week


"Tibetan Bell, Bottle, Cherries, Sky"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm)
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A Tibetan hand bell, used for ceremonial purposes sits with a weathered glass bottle and cherries against a vast summer sky.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Painting of the Week and Studio Update for September 26, 2016

Painting of the Week


"Glass, Cherries, Shell, Sky"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm)
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An antique bottle, cherries, and a weathered seashell resting on a marble shelf, against the backdrop of a brilliant summer sky.

Studio Update

Here is a video of this painting, from start to finish:



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).
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"Monumental Shell II"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm).
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"Monumental Shell III"
Oil on linen on panel, 10x10 inches (25x25 cm).
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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: