Monday, March 26, 2012

What's The Point?

                                 6x6 Bid Starting at $75

This is my entry for the Daily Paintworks Challenge "Pare Down Your Apple". The idea is to create the form with as few different colors as possible. For that reason it was rendered quite quickly, which usually results in the liveliest painting- which is the point!
We're getting ready to leave town next Monday on a driving trip to Arizona. One the way, I will drop off 6 paintings in Carmel. I've been busy framing, and haven't had time to do daily paintings. Then I'll be gone for about a month and won't be posting any during that time. I miss doing them and look forward to getting on a more reliable schedule this summer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

For the Love of Jazz

This one is going to Carmel. It's the first of my larger jazz paintings. My goal with these is to present something that captures the energy that emanates from the performers. This was a lot of fun to paint, and I look forward to doing more along these lines.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stacked in Your Favor

                                     9x12 plus frame Bidding starting at $125

This is a more traditional approach to still life than I normally do, but that's where it ended up. I love the shape of the gold bowl and the pop of the red objects in the mostly cool setting.

Monday, March 19, 2012

All Crumpled Up and Nowhere to Go

                                      6x6  Bid on this Painting

This week's challenge at DPW was "Crumpled Paper". Boy, was that hard! It's difficult to simplify the shapes and still have it read as crumpled paper. I couldn't help including the glass to distract myself from the tediousness of rendering the crumpled paper.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Light Up the Night

I didn't intend to make this one quite so abstract, but once I got started in that direction, I quite liked it, so I kept going. This is going to the gallery in Carmel. As of yesterday, I am listed on the official roster and you can see all the paintings that are and will be there. Here's the link if you want to check it out:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

You Can Call Me Red

                                      6x6 SOLD

This is actually a modification of an older painting. Sometimes I have an "aha moment" when looking at a painting and I think I know what will improve it. This one had nearly equal warm and cool colors, as the cloth on the ground was yellow. I decided that the bottle and oranges would be more dramatic in a cool environment.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Surreal Trio

                                     6x6 SOLD
There's something about this color combination that really appeals to me. I also played around a bit with the shapes and pattern. They are not quite as they appeared in reality. There are some things that don't quite make sense. That's the surreal part.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dining in Paris

So far I have 3 painting (this being one) that I'll be delivering in April to the Edward Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Carmel. My goal is to deliver 5 paintings so that I will have a real presence in the gallery, but he's a tough sell. He knows what his customers like and he only accepts what he thinks he can sell. That's good, actually. I respect that- and who doesn't want their paintings to sell?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring Feeding

                                      6x6 Bid on this Painting

I decided to paint the horse one more time, this time experimenting with more color. I'm also experimenting with lowering my prices on the DPW site. There seem to be more artists offering paintings at a lower price point, and my sales have dropped off dramatically. My hope is to get enough of a following to drive the prices back up to where (I think) the value is.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Well Bred and Well Fed

I learned something interesting about light. I tried to photograph this yesterday afternoon and gave up after about 3 tries. The light was just wrong and even with Photoshop I couldn't get close to the actual painting. The yellows just dominated and I couldn't get them to go away. This morning I got it on the first try.
This is my entry for the DPW Challenge. I loved painting this horse. I tried to make sure I had the weight balanced correctly; the view of his rear end on the left is essential to make sure he doesn't look like he's tipping to the right. Then I wanted to capture the undulations of the body masses. I'm tempted to try painting him again- this time in unnatural colors and more abstracted. Just for fun.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Red Hat, Red Meat

The paint is still wet on this one. I think it's finished, although there may be some tinkering. I know I can be myopic about my work, overlooking obvious flaws- so I'd appreciate any suggestions that might make it better.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


                                     6x6   No longer available

Another study for my new jazz series- I'm loving this idea because for me, it's all about gesture, and there's so much opportunity to explore gesture with these musicians. Also, the light comes from so many possible sources and in so many colors that one can be pretty free with abstractions and still make it believable.