Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Or Happy Christmas and Merry New Year...No new ebay paintings until after the 1st. I'm finishing up Christmas presents and tying up loose ends. Next week I hope to post images of some finished gallery pieces as well as some exciting new ebay paintings. Enjoy your holidays and may 2013 be awesome for you. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Available on ebay. Title: "Nude Dancer"

oil on linen 8x10 in
From our Wednesday model sessions. This was painted in my studio. I was looking to capture the pose and light falling across the model. She's a dance major whose poses never fail to inspire. The tile floor was a challenge also.
Note the actual painting is a bit warmer than this photo suggests. For some reason the photo came out cooler and I ran out of patience trying to find the correct color temperature while editing. Oh well. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Available on ebay. Titled: "Back Study"

Oil on linen 8x10 in
Same young woman as in the painting below but a different day. Wearing a white sundress, the raking light from a window to her right really defined her back. As you can see she's quite athletic. As a matter of fact I saw her one-touch a soccer ball this summer...a pass that had my jaw drop. And she was just fooling around. This was a fun painting to paint. I'm not sure I did the image justice and may revisit it in a gallery painting.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Available on ebay. Title: "Confidence"

Oil on Linen 8x10 in.


Another painting from our Wednesday model sessions. A confident young woman who has modeled for us many times in the past. This painting was done alla prima, or all at once, and while normally I'd take it back to the studio to touch up - I liked this one just as it was.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Available on ebay. Title: "Just Had to Stop and Look"

Oil on Linen 8x10 in.

For some reason my camera didn't like to accurately capture the colors and values in this painting. With a little editing this is close to the original.
In the fall I spend a lot of time in the woods with my English Setter. This scene was breathtaking and stopped me in my tracks. I decided to try and get it down in paint. There is some heavy impasto. Quite a lot of vigorous brushstrokes too. I'm trying a few different techniques with the hope of incorporating them into my gallery pieces. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Available on ebay: Titled "Patch of Blue"

8x10 Oil on Linen

Looking out my kitchen window last month I caught this patch of sky on a stormy day. The sun came out and caught the leaves on a tree behind the neighbor's Norwegian Spruce. There's some heavy impasto for the trees. A small painting, but I like it.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Available on ebay Title: Invitation at Sunset

oil on linen 8x10 in
Another one from sailing with friends this summer. I was on the 'big boat'. My daughter and her friend were on the 'small boat' called an "Invitation". They kept pulling ahead of us, sometimes far ahead, until our skipper fired up the engine.

This painting I hesitate to call a study, but I guess it is. I painted a larger gallery piece after this small 8x10. Couple things I was working on here: the darks are all different and I was trying different paints and mixtures for each. Also I wanted to see if I could get the brilliant reflection while playing with a palette knife. Naively I thought it would be an easy painting to knock out; it wasn't. To date I've painted four different versions, including two finished gallery pieces.

About Me

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Elmira, New York, United States
In many ways I think like a photographer. The image itself is becoming more and more important to me; the actual application of paint less and less. Blasphemy in some painterly circles. I choose to paint figures and portraits because I consider them the most difficult subject.