Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mason Jar & Co.

Here is a piece from my studio in Boston. I painted this one in 2007. At the time I remember thinking that the plums on top of the table made the painting a little dark, so it never made its way to the galleries. Now as I look at it I like the effect, and as it turns out my work doesn't really have the same feel now as it did then. It was nice to look at it and remember.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Plums & Blueberries

Another 6 x 8. I liked the way the Plums looked against that blue background in the one I did with the almonds. This time I chose bluberries. I did I very loose lay in on the first day and just painted in local color. All the rest of the detail was done on the second sitting after I coated the plums with a layer of oil.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New MIni: "Clemintines"

Just finished this one! I had to paint the leaves fast since they dry up over night even if I spray them with water. I'm not exactly sure what the berry is but I liked where it was so I put it in.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Renaissance Randy

This is a portrait of the great Randy. I first met Randy in 2003, my first year as an assistant to Daniel Greene during his summer workshops. Randy is absolutely the most amazing (if not the prettiest) model I have ever worked with. He can hold perfectly still the entire time and almost always gets back into the same pose without needing to be corrected. It's interesting for me because I normally talk to my models while I am painting and expect them to move a bit.
This Renaissance costume is one of my favorite outfits Randy has. The painting took eight 3-hour sittings. It is 24 x 28, Oil on Linen, 2006.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Mini - Candy Gathering

Just finished this one. It's not the best photo, I really need a new camera. The title was also a bit of a struggle. I was going for a holiday feel but also wanted the piece to be one that could hang all year round. I'll keep working on it. What's in the cup? I couldn't decide if it was Espresso or a tiny Hot Chocolate.....It' up to you.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Figure Studies - Short Poses in Oil

Here are a few quick studies from last Sunday's open studio in Florida. The seated front pose was about a half hour. The seated back pose was about 20 minutes and the standing pose was about 25 minutes. These were painted on a 20 x 24 canvas in oils. I usually get between 4 and six figures per canvas.

I used a very limited palette on these:
White, Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Med, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Black.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Breaking Out

A New Minnie titled "Breaking Out". I thought of the cherries as clowns getting out of a circus VW.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tis The Season II

One of two new Minnies I just finished. If you look closely in the first Christmas Ball there I am behind the Candy Cane.