Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Artist Reception

I forgot to mention there will be an artists reception at the Carver Hill Gallery on Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 - 6:00 pm. The gallery director has asked to have my new pears painting for the show along with the other seven that she already has. To save on gas and mileage on the old Jeepster, I'll probably just pop the painting in the mail once it's dried and varnished. I was surprised that the owners included my "Nectarines" painting on their promotional's not one of my favorites. The Carver Hill Gallery is also newly representing Caren-Marie Michel whose acrylic landscape is on the bottom left. I used to exhibit with Caren when I was at the Westbrook gallery. Her career has really taken off here in Maine.

Work in Progress

This is a section of the painting that I'm currently working on. I hate going for weeks without posting because people end up thinking that I've disappeared. At the same time, it's hard to show everyone an unfinished painting. I've been painting my cobalt bottle again and added another reflective element that I have purposely cropped out (I think it adds an element of surprise to not show the entire painting and keeps the viewer guessing what the final piece will look like). The shadows in this piece will play an important roll in this piece if I can pull it off.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fruit Again

"Sunbathers", 9"x 12", Oil on Canvas
Hi Everyone! It took me awhile to finish this piece because I've been trying to work on a couple of different projects. I had to take almost a week out of my painting time to add cradled backs to my oil on board paintings (I had about eight of them). After they were finished, I delivered them to the Carverhill Gallery. I've also been taking a class at a local university which has required some additional work. Now, for my current piece, I arranged these Bosc pears on a plate outside in direct sunlight. I was really intrigued by the shadows and the white on white. Hopefully, you can feel the warmth in this piece because a shade of yellow was used as an underpainting in the "white" areas. I really concentrated on getting the right values in this piece because this is something I've struggled with in the past when painting "white" objects. Maybe now that I've gotten some of my class work behind me and have my paintings mounted, I can return to some kind of normal painting routine.