Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hillside by Turner Falls
8"x 8"
oil on masonite
I did this on my way home from Oklahoma City a few weekends ago. It was around 7:30 am and the sky changed so rapidly, that the clouds here are actually just the toned ground of the board showing through. I totally lucked out that the board and the clouds were the same intensity and hue. That made for what I think is now a real loose and gestural landscape.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

sketch from imagination

I think this may be the very first sketch in oil I have ever done from imagination. I took a bike ride at dusk with my nieces a few weeks ago and that night I did this painting demo for them. Though I will admit it looks to me more like the sun is going up than down.
Any opinions out there: Dusk or Dawn?
Either way, I am pleased with it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

a lot of mileage

The editors of our town newspaper chose my painting as the cover for their quarterly magazine! How cool.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

launching a new website

Here is my new website. I will be adding more paintings to it very soon, but the format will stay the same.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

babies love venetian red

As a viewer of this post, you hereby swear to not call the Department of Child Services on me. Thank you.

One catastrophe led to another yesterday. While I was painting, something fell down in the hallway in my house and I set my pallet down as quickly as I could to go attend to it and calm my frightened three year old. In the meantime my almost one year old:

Poor Simon.
(Simon is O.K.) am I, Thanks for asking...

Monday, October 11, 2010

For Alana

The Gesture of Love
by George Eliot

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

study of a Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot landscape

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thanks Leon

So maybe I can't resist painting things sitting on a shelf. These were next to the old gas cans I last posted. I've had it finished for a while now, but have been having a difficult time photographing my work. This morning I went out before the sun was up and the sky was essentially a giant blue/white light source. I had a lot less glare with this experiment. I am going  to go back on this piece and paint the shadow cast by the shelf onto the wall blue. I was working from a photograph, and the shadow was really brown, but I am reminded of something my toughest art teacher, Leon Parson, once said, "Just because it looks stupid, doesn't mean you should to paint it that way." 

Glass Jug
oil on masonite
8"x 8"