Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Daily Painting

"Bosc Pear", 5"x7", Oil on Board
I don't paint a lot of daily painting so I decided to get a pear a prop it up and do a quick painting of it. I haven't decided what direction to go in next. I do have some old bottles that I've been considering but right now I'm still undecided.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Vintage Teapot

"Vintage Teapot", 8"x8", Oil on Board
I just finished painting this teapot this morning. This is a subject that I've painted before with fabric behind and under the teapot but I wanted to revisit this subject with just a simple background.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Another Candy Painting

M & M's III, 6"x6", Oil on Board
I finished this M & M painting over the weekend. Although it's not much different from my other M & M paintings I just love painting these...kind of fun with the bright colors.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Just Finished My Martini

"Martini", 5"x7", Oil on Board
I just finished painting this earlier today and had to battle the wind to get a picture of it. I'm not happy with how the painting turned out but I post my failures on here as well. I've also been busy working on some landscapes, but I haven't decided if I'll post those on here on not. At the Art2010 at the Harlow Gallery, I got an honorable mention for one of my pieces. That show ends on the 30th of this month in Hallowell, Maine.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Finished my Teapot

"Old Teapot", 6"x6", Oil on Board
I finished my teapot yesterday and just took it outside to get a quick photo of it. This was painted with a limited palette; however, I don't use pre-mixed greys. I like having the control over mixing my own. In other news for the week, I had two paintings accepted into a juried show at Art2010 at the Harlow Gallery here in Maine. May 7th will be a reception when they will announce prize winners...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sneak Peek Old Teapot in Progress

This is an old teapot that I'm currently working on. Some areas have given me grief but I'm determined to finish the piece. The finished painting will measure 6"x6". On a side note, I entered some work in another juried show over the weekend and will find out by the end of the week if my work was accepted. I never really worry about winning awards at these events...I just want my work accepted and then if I happen to win something it's a bonus.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Daily Painting

Untitled, 12"x12", Oil on Canvas
I decided to paint this cow as a daily painting. It's not my typical subject matter but I wanted to go for something different with looser brush strokes. I've also never painted animals in oil before so I figured there's a first time for everything. My painting, "Jar on a Windowsill", won 3rd place in the oil division at the Maine Open Juried Art Show. I was actually happy with that placement as this was the first time I had ever entered any of my oils into a juried show.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mango Painting

"Mango", 5"x7", Oil on Board
I just finished this mango painting this morning. Probably the majority of time was spent painting the antique, paint-stained, wooden box that the mango is sitting on. This is my first mango as I usually like to paint pears when it comes to fruit.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Banner

A special thanks to my sixteen year old son, Cameron, for designing and setting up a banner for my blog on his school Macbook with Photoshop. Cam, got some help from Casey Klahn's blog on how to design a banner. It's a simple banner but hopefully adds a little more to my blog. Yes, my son is playing Xbox Live and he has a huge biology report due on Tuesday which he hasn't finished.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pear Study With Pastel

"Pear", 6 1/4" x 10 1/2", Sanded paper
After I finished painting the jar, I decided to do a quick study with my pastels of this pear sitting on a old, wooden box. I used mostly Sennelier, Windsor & Newton and Unison pastels for this as well as a sanded paper from Uart that I had never tried before. I wasn't happy with this particular grit of sanded paper because I wasn't able to build up many layers of pastel. In the future, I'll probably return to my La Carte sanded paper or my own surface that I've prepared with pumice.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Jar Finished

"Jar on Windowsill", 5"x7", Linen on Board
Well, I finally finished this piece this morning...I'm glad! I was getting kind of tired of working on the same piece for such a long time, however, I am happy with the results. Again, some of the problems I encountered working on this piece were in dealing with values. I'd get an area wrong and then have to go back in and wipe it clean and start over. Maybe someday I'll get it right! I am happy with the lighting in this piece though and the shadows and reflections it created. Last Friday I dropped of new work at the Carver Hill Gallery which I'm hoping the gallery director will update her website with my new paintings. I'm not sure what I'll start in on next but I have been thinking a lot about pastels lately so maybe I'll go in that direction.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sneak Peek Old Jar

I know it's been awhile since I've posted anything so I wanted to show you a "work in progress piece". This is the oil painting that I'm currently working on, title unknown at this time. The image is a vintage jar sitting on a windowsill but I'm only showing you the top portion of the painting. It's been taking me quite a bit of time to get this piece completed but I hope it will be worth it when it's finished. Well, it's back to the studio!