Saturday, February 28, 2009

Irvine Wash, Fall

16 X 12 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

My paintings are taking more time to complete right now. Many of them require a session or two in the studio or at the same location. (In fact, I’m running out of work to post.) This painting took four visits to the same location to complete. During the first two I worked on studies of the wash. This 12X16 panel took two visits to complete and one session of painting in the studio.

Lately, when I get home from painting on location I’ll unpack and set the days painting on my easel (conveniently located in my dining room where I can’t avoid seeing it over and over) and live with it for a few days asking myself what is working and what isn’t. When I’ve found some answers, I’ll work on it again.

I’m wondering though, if I had more than 2 1/2 hours every other day to paint would I be able to finish a painting like this? I’m sure I’d still need some time away from it to work out any issues but maybe I’d be closer to finishing.

Do you feel like you have enough time to paint? How do you manage to fit painting into your schedule?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Morning Under The Oaks

12 X 16 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

The first painting in this post is a 6 X 8 inch study that I did at the Irvine Park (I'll probably list the study on Ebay). I thought it would make a nice large painting. The second painting in this post is the larger 12 X 16 studio version. I changed a few things and pumped up the color a lot to add drama.

It’s been nice working inside when it’s windy and rainy outdoors. Working larger in the studio is easier too because I can spend more time painting, not driving out to a spot, unpacking and then cleaning up. The best part is that there is always a clean bathroom just steps away!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009


8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
$250 (Free shipping in the U.S.)

Because of the rainy days here in California, I’ve been working in the studio a lot more. This was painted from a photo. It was a good lesson in learning when to put down the photo and do what works for the painting itself. In the photograph the reflections were much larger and white. After painting them in I knew it wasn’t working so I scraped them off. It took a several painting sessions for me to work this one out and decide what kind of reflections would work in it. Overall, I’m pleased with this one and look forward to painting more Koi.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Irvine Brush

8 X 10 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

Lately, I’ve been wiping more paintings than I’ve been keeping. This must be a period of growth because I haven’t been satisfied with any of my work lately. I know what you’re thinking, that all artists feel this way from time to time, but it’s a frustrating stage nevertheless.

Questions keep running through my head. Who am I as a painter? Who do I want to be? What am I saying in my work? Do I have a unique point of view?

After a lot of thought and many conversations with my painting buddy Dori, I’ve partially answered some of these questions (though I reserve the right to change my mind later).

Who am I as a painter – I’m still working that out, BUT I know that I like thick paint and bold brushwork. Lately, I’ve veered away from that.

Who do I want to be – The best me I can be (silly sounding but true). I want to have a strong sense of composition (something I’ve been working on), bold confident brushwork and unexpected color.

What am I saying in my work and do I have a unique point of view - Questions I’m still working on. They may never be completely answered. I often wonder if the artists I look up to have found their own answers. Hey, Richard Schmid, if you’re reading this I’d love to hear your thoughts (HA! I think he has a few more pressing things to do than read my little blog).

How about you, have you found any answers?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Just Off Shore

12 X 9 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

Recently, I’ve been painting a lot of reflections. With this painting I had 3 goals: 1) create a strong composition, 2) paint convincing reflections of the foreground rocks and 3) lead the eye to a focal point. What do you think, did I accomplish my mission?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Orange Library Portrait

12 X 9 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

This painting was actually a 2-person effort. My friend Dori Dewberry and I went out paint this library because I had a collector that wanted a portrait of this building. My first version was a close-up of the top. Dori painted a much larger and more ambitious amount of the building. After talking with her about mine she said that she didn’t mind if I used her panting as the structure for a new version. Here is our effort, her composition and my colors. Sometimes two heads are better than one, thanks Dori!

Recently, I listed several small paintings on Ebay. They have very low starting bids so if you are interested please CLICK HERE.

Also, I've been interviewed on 5Erg's blog. Maybe this can count as my 7 things from the two recent tags? Anyway, click on the link to read more about me.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

They're Up To Something

6 X 8 inch Oil Painting on Raymar linen panel.
$140 (Shipping $12 in the U.S.)

The challenge for me in this one was to capture the transparent quality of the onionskin. Instead of a dramatic shift from mid-tone to highlight with these, there was a slow transition between the two, which helped convey the feeling of transparency.

This is another painting that started out with a black-toned panel. I’ve really enjoyed painting on black because it instantly creates drama, which is exciting.

Also, I've been tagged 2 times this month and have yet to get to that task. So, I'm sorry Dana Cooper and Christine Mercer-Vernon, if I have time I'll join in the fun. Thanks for thinking of me!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Beach Clouds

6 X 4 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

A quick beach study done with my palette knife. Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Copperwood Gallery Reception

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that my paintings were recently accepted into a local gallery. Last night was the opening reception for the show. It was astonishing how many people came to see the show. For a couple of hours it was standing room only in the gallery. I was really touched to see many of my friends stop by to show their support. I even got to meet the very talented Dana Cooper in person for the first time (up until now we’ve only known each other through our blogs). My painting buddy Dori Dewberry and her husband came as well, as did several other friends with their husbands. And I know Nancy Medina would have come if she lived here in California.

Thank you so much for the wonderful support, it meant a lot to me to see everyone there and read your encouraging comments on my blog!

I hope this is the first of many shows to come.