Monday, November 26, 2012

Bare Minimum

Bare Minimum 6x6 oil on board

I was going for simplicity with this painting. I was
experimenting with as few colors and values as possible 
and still get the feeling of the posed figure.
This type of painting is more exciting
to me than something perfectly rendered with
all the details.
How do you feel about the power of suggestion?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turning Inward

Turning Inward  6x6 Oil on Board
This pose has a feeling of turning inward, curling up and
retreating. It seemed to fit with the changes of
season here as the summer retreats and the
earth pulls back into herself
during the winter months.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie 6 x 6 oil on board

OK, so my diet is officially over, for this week anyway.
Obviously I have pie making on my brain.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie 16 x 16 Oil on Canvas

The alchemy of baking amazes me.  It's not really something
I'm good at because you really have to follow directions well.
I consider myself more of a 'creative' cook.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

French Table

French Table 20 x 20 Oil on Canvas Gallery Wrapped

This isn't my French kitchen, it belongs to a friend of mine who is 
quite a collector of table cloths. And everyone knows a
good French table isn't complete with a table cloth
and of course fresh flowers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

After Vermeer's Girl with Hat

After Vermeer's Girl with Hat  10 x 7 oil on board

Vermeer has always been one of my favorite artists.  I did this
simplified three value study interpretation to help
me understand how he painted the light
so well.  I made it
more fun by painting with a few of my favorite colors:
cad yellow medium
quinacridone red
and carbazole violet.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tea Jubilee

Tea Jubilee 16 x 20 oil on canvas

In addition to the small daily studies I like to keep a larger
painting going as well.  It gives me more space to try to
apply the paint in different ways and
design the light/dark patterns.

This was so much fun for me to paint just by picking the
colors that make my heart sing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

After Vermeer

After Vermeer 6 x 6 oil on board

Vermeer has always been one of my favorite artists. He was famous
for his sensitivity to light and color.  I love painting light
and feel like we can learn so much from the masters.

I did this three value color study to explore 
massing and making interesting shapes.
Personally I think that's why Vermeer's painting work
so well.  He really held is light/dark masses together.

So much to learn, so little time.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Butter Cream

Butter Cream  6 x 6 oil on board

Maybe it's the cooler weather that has me thinking more about
cooking.  Food items seem to be showing up in my
paintings.  Go figure!

I started this painting as a demo to show some artists
I am working with how to transition from block studies to
actual still life.  The block of butter was the 
perfect thing to use.  I also started this 
piece with notes of pure color and it
progressively got more realistic.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Endless Summer

Endless Summer 6 x 6 oil on board

This was painted for the Hurricane Sandy fundraiser on
Daily Paintworks.
Even in November in Malta, on a beautiful day like
today I feel like it's an endless summer.