Thursday, September 30, 2010

new work

6"x6" oil

6"x6" oil

16"x20" oil amazing, the difference from looking toward the sun and away.

The summer show season has come and gone. The van is empty and ready for some "plein van" work. Looking forward to getting back to some plein air work and cleaning up the studio. Here are some new pieces.

Friday, September 24, 2010

winter farm 2

6"x6" oil
Little more dynamic with this one. I've let the paint do the describing. I want to do the same with the larger ones but as you can tell there is still work to do. Will do 2 more this size than a 16x20 with more energy.
Off to the Armonk outdoor art show. Last one of the season for me. Will finally be able to get back outside and paint as well as intense studio work.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

winter farm

16"x20" oil
It will be here before you know it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cape Cod Grays Beach

3 6"x6" panels oil

Trying to find beauty in the ordinary. I liked the scene very much in person. We'll see how the piece stands up over time.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

still working

24"x24" oil
Another Cape piece. Not so sure the "island" patch is necessary. Will probably wipe it out.

24"x24" oil
Trying to capture the energy and brushwork of the 6x6. Increased brush size and amount of paint. Off to Rittenhouse fine art show. Friday-Sunday.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

cape cod boats different elevation

A new perspective of yesterdays piece. I like this one much more. Boats always seem stronger when they are higher in the picture plane. I layed more paint and used bigger brushes. I've felt lately that my small paintings have more impact. I realized that relative brush size meant my bigger pieces were undersized in the brush department. Still room to improve for sure but I'm excited to continue on with this in mind.
Off to the Alexandria festival of the Arts tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

cape cod boats

16"x 20" oil
I find rows of boats to be like Philip Glass' music. Orchestrations of the same things over and over and over again with very small changes. For some people it's like fingernails on a chalkboard. For me it's like getting out of school. I already want to tweak this but will leave it and do a variation from a different perspective.
Last weeks show in Westhampton was fantastic. Good sales and met great people with all kinds of future possibilities, including a cottage to stay in when I go up to Plein air paint.(I just need to give her a little painting for rent. I'm cool with that!) Also, just received the letter from Old town Chicago. I passed the show jury and will be doing that show next year! Slammin! It's one of the top shows in the country and so far was my best show this year. Here's the clincher, I may be doing a commission for the Hotel Hershey. Yep, Hershey Pa. It's a very high end establishment. They're renovating the whole place and want me to do a painting of the original hotel including some of the landscape. They buy the painting and next thing you know they have giclees in various rooms around the hotel of my piece. Pretty cool. I gave 'em a price and haven't heard back. Fingers crossed, I'd love that gig....The Alexandria show is this weekend but I plan on another post and a link to the show.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grays Beach...Again...Low tide

16"x20" oil

I really enjoy this area. Did this one this morning. Off to the Westhampton show. It runs Saturday and Sunday. Looks like the storm will be done there tonight.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grays beach

24"x36" oil
I gathered a ton of material last week on the cape. Here's the first piece. I love the lost and found edges in the marshes. One feels as if they are an inch away from something unknown. I'll get to paint again tomorrow morning then off to the West Hampton Beach show. Hope the hurricane goes east....................