Friday, March 22, 2013

Door County Plein Air, The Sequel!

Paperback Reader, 20x20, sold
 I almost forgot to report the good news.. I was invited for the second year in a row to participate in the week long plein air painting event in Door County WI, hosted by the Peninsula School. This is by far the most organized and well attended event I have ever been part of especially considering its an entire week long. The roster of participating artists last year was impressive, I cant wait to see who this years event will include.
 This piece ("Paperback Reader" 20x20') was painted last year and sold very quickly the first night of being available. I still wonder if the recipient (bought as a gift) enjoyed it.?.  Hope so.

Quote: "Somewhere in the course of their career, artists must learn not  merely to despise everything which is not entirely theirs, but must rid themselves completely of this blind fanaticism which drives us to imitate the great masters and swear only by their works.... One must learn to be grateful for one's own findings: a handful of naive inspiration is better than anything else."
      Eugene Delacroix

Friday, March 15, 2013

Longer Pose, Slightly Longer.

"M" #2,12x12, available

"M" #1, 12x12, available
"Location, location, location!!" is something you always hear in business but in Art? My new studio location is central to a few great figure drawing groups, this actually costs me money so it cant be good business.. right? Well the inspiration to venture in to more figure based work has been strong and may end up being a focus. I cant wait to see where this leads.
  The figure groups vary from multi pose quick sketch which you can see in some recent posts to longer pose that lasts for about two hours.  These two are of a local model, one quick one showing more body and as the pose settled in I went in for the close up. Trying  to get the facial expression our model had with the more relaxed feel to the pose. Both are 12x12" and available if you are interested. Just comment or email me. I Gotta pay for all this model work.. Thank you for stopping by.

Quote: "Creativity requires courage."
 Henry Heimlich
 (yes the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver )

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lets Go Spring! Chop Chop!

Stacked 10x8" available

Wiscasset Blue, 8x10", available

Today's sun showed signs of spring, the slightly higher in the sky position, slightly warmer light. Sun lingering a little longer before it says goodnight.. sigh... I miss a good warm day. one where your paint is firm but soft to the brush. you open your palette box and the linseed oil in your paint has been simmering on low for an hour while you drive to a location that has parking because all the plowed snow on the road side has melted. "Lire des romans sur la plage, se bronzer!"
 OK, I might be getting a little ahead of the weather here but if I can't daydream about the weather, who can?

These two reminders of brighter days are available for a price, a special price.. My workshop demo price..In my Etsy Gallery

Quote: "Respect the reason your painting was interrupted." Antonio Lopez Garcia

Monday, March 4, 2013

Snow Balls

Snow Balls, 20x16" available soon

So recently in my  search for shapes and colors I came across a slurry of Buoy Balls on a snowy hill in Rockport. In the excitement that the abstract design, colors and sunny day brought I forgot to properly plan.. The resulting painting from that day has been a project I'm still working on. I am so into this piece and the color in it, building up layers like nothing I have done before.. I have gone back to paint these Buoy Balls numerous times, exploring the cast shadow shapes for pattern and searching for more colors. The project piece is a pretty large canvas that I will hopefully be showing soon. Till then here is "Snow Balls" 20x16".

Quote: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way, things I had no words for." Georgia O'keeffe

"Art must take reality by surprise." Francoise Sagan