Saturday, January 28, 2012

Schuylkill Bridge

8"x16" oil/linen panel
This is a scene of a bridge down by Philly that I've been itching to paint. It could easily be Harrisburg as we have so many bridges. They are always a challenge to paint. I'm trying these panels from Raphael but they don't compare to the sourcetek panels. The Raphael panels lack tooth. At least the ones I got. Sometimes I like a smooth surface but not lately.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Break it down

30"x40" oil/linen

So here I tackle an insane amount of detail of a marine scene in Annapolis. Of course I show no detail. The whole point is to capture a time of day. To attempt and paint every boat would be ridiculous. I only try to convey the atmosphere.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old and new

 new 8"x10" linen
A scene from Chincoteague last fall. Just painted it.

old rework  12x24 scene reworked from the cape (cod)

reworked 24 square from Chincoteague

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stand back....way back

8"x16" oil/linen panel
You need some distance to view this piece. I'm happy with the light.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The abstraction process

 studio new easel

So here is an 8"x10" version of the last scene I painted. The point is to boil it down to what is important to the individual. For me its light. Yes the car can add a light element. I didn't like the car. I think the desire to simplify thing is my main drive. There is far too much complication in the world and it gives me great pleasure to represent a situation in its least complicated way.

The top photo shows my new easel in studio. So far so good. How long til I destroy yet more mixing space. I'm guessing a week............

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

As above so below

30"x40" oil/linen
This a view looking directly away from the last post's view. One is facing the sun and this one is looking away from the sun. I'm thinking thicker paint and even looser could make a  nice cityscape. At any rate the journey is interesting.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

3rd street and Herr

30"x40" oil/linen
A scene from right around the corner from my house. Keepin' it loose.
A thanks to Sam at Samartdog blog for nominating me for the Liebster blog award. I'm doing my best to follow rules but that ain't gonna happen. Go to her website for details. Thanks again Sam, I think you you know my take on these things. I'm a party pooper.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

self portrait 2012

11"x14" oil/linen panel
So here is  a new self portrait in 2012. I did this one without my glasses on. I'm nearly blind so it was interesting. I could see the canvas but the palette was unrecognizable. I'm happy to keep the looseness of the late sketches and still find form and "detail". I'm quite fond of artists renderings of themselves so I continue the task. It's interesting when a lot of artists go abstract their self portraits are still fairly recognizable. At any this how I look ? Don't know and don't care..............I quit when it feels like a painting..........
tweaked version w/glasses on

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mental works

So these are all 8X10 oil on linen birch panels. When I don't have an image in mind to paint (burning desire) I work out of my head. These paintings may or may not have value but I suspect when all is said and done something is being revealed here. Tendencies arise and certain things go by the wayside. I think these pieces show the youthful enthusiasm of enjoying shape, color and line while being distilled by years of angst, drafting,