|Warm Shoulders 8x8 w-m oil on gallery-wrapped canvas|
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Friday, June 08, 2018
|Bliss 16x20 oil on canvas|
Bliss is my attempt to capture that feeling of complete abandon when water lifts and supports us so completely and so effortlessly.
After several months of being away from my easel, I'm pleased to be back painting some new pieces. Hopefully, some of my blogging buddies are still checking in on me now and again.
Bliss, along with other new paintings will be on display this summer at Martins Framing and Gallery in Bracebridge.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
|Taking Off 30 x 24 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas|
This is another of my paintings now at Martins Gallery for the summer. At 30 x 24, it's larger than average for me, but I wanted the impact those dimensions would bring. I was especially delighted when the gallery owners placed it in the window. Here in the tourist region of Muskoka, this time of year means kids at camp and families at lakeside cottages. "Taking Off" is meant to evoke the joy of summer at the lake, whether cottage or camp.
Here are some progress photos:
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
|The Explorers 14x18 acrylic on stretched canvas|
Hello, blog buddies! Even though I'm taking a hiatus from Daily Paintworks, I have been painting. Martins Framing and Gallery in nearby Bracebridge (Ontario) have shown my work in the past and are representing me again this summer.
"The Explorers" celebrates the curiosity that enlivens a childhood summer. Who can resist exploring the shallows of a woodland glade? Below are some progress photos. Thanks for keeping an eye on what I'm up to!
Monday, April 24, 2017
I'll still be blogging, and will continue to follow my chums on DPW. This break is just a temporary "jumping off."
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
|Ginger Jar 16x12 oil on stretched canvas|
Kate cites the 80/20 rule, which alludes to the fact that often it's only 20 percent of your painting that makes you drink 80 percent of that bottle of wine. This was one such painting for me. Even though most of it came together swimmingly, it took me AGES to correctly capture the color and texture of the plums. More than once, I almost tossed the whole shebang. For the sake of the 80 percent that was working, however, I soldiered on.
Here are some steps in my struggles along the way:
|Sketch in oil|
|Working on dynamics of all fruit|
|Color of grapes and plums is too similar|
|Plums now too blue, green grapes too vibrant|
|Green grapes developing, plums still too blue|
|Ginger Jar finished 16x12 oil on stretched canvas|
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
|Oranges 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD|
Monday, January 09, 2017
|Teacup and Grapes 6 x 6 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD|
Here's a photo of our collective effort...
Monday, January 02, 2017
|Pinocchio 14 x 11 acrylic on gessoboard NFS|
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
|Fruit and Brass 16 x 20 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD|
Thursday, December 15, 2016
|Walter 20 x 16 acrylic on stretched canvas SOLD|
The portrait of Walter was done using several photo references. Fortunately, I know the subject and could judge which elements of each photo accurately reflected both his personality and his likeness. In the best photos, however, the subject was wearing the type of eyeglasses that automatically darken in outdoor light. In order to more clearly see his eyes through the lenses, I had to create an overexposed black and white computer print.
Here are some progress shots ...
|Various source photos - note B&W print on left|
|Moving on to the shirt|
|Subtle adjustments and transitions|
|Done and signed|