Saturday, January 31, 2009


Almost done with this painting. View post on 1/23/09 if you're interested in seeing the beginning stages.
Oil on Linen 30x40

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

"Pink Icing"

Feeling a bit whimsical today.
Oil ($199.)

Friday, January 23, 2009

still life in-progress

Between temperatures dropping into the negatives and sick kids I haven't been able to plein air paint for a while so I decided to work on some of my new year "resolutions" in my studio. I'm painting on color charts, drawing the figure from life and casts, and working on this larger (large for me any ways) still life. These photos show my progression on my painting so far. There will be a third tulip which extends from the vassel and arches over the other tulips.
30x40 Oil on Linen

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"Tea with Lemon"

It's been too cold for me to venture outside and paint. Yesterday it was -24 degrees. So I returned to my tea cup series which was inspired by my daughter. She told me that in colonial days, when a guest had enough, she'd turn her tea cup over and say, "I'll take no more tea today."
11"x14" Oil On Linen

Thursday, January 15, 2009

studying the human form

Recently, I spent a week studying drawing the human form in a workshop lead by Henry Yau, a master artist from China. It was one of the best classes I've ever had. This drawing is a sample from the workshop. My focus was to concentrate on accurate construction of the figure in charcoal. I worked on several different studies each day from 5 minute gesture drawings to 45 minute extended sketches. It was great to have Henry's expertise to critique my efforts. If I were to make a resolution for 2009, I would try to work several hours a week on just simple, clean, accurate figure drawings.
24"x18" vine charcoal on medium-tooth drawing paper

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"January" (North Pond)

This is the same spot as the last post but looking more towards the right. Can you feel the cold? It was just getting ready to snow again so the light was a beautiful silvery gray. This made the colors really pop in an otherwise dreary gray winter scene.
Oil on Linen
($99. oil study)

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Path Not Taken (North Pond)

Painted this around 2 pm. The sky continued to get a darker gray but the day felt quite light-filled because of the new snow. It was hard to keep the values correct because I kept over-compensating. And yes, it was cold!
Oil on Linen
($99. alla prima oil study)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Milk Glass with Tulip (value study)

Value studies have dramatically helped me create better paintings. I'm using five values only with pure white being my lightest, pure raw umber as my darkest, and then three other values inbetween. I begin by painting all the darkest shadows first. I'm doing a lot of value studies because I'm trying to improve my ability to use chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is the painting technique and philosophy of creating shapes from the shadow as oppose to delineating through contours, outlines.
oil on linen

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

January (North Pond)

The best way to shake away the winter blues is to plein air paint along a half frozen lake, just kidding - sort of. After spending so much time with wonderful family and friends, January 6 was rather depressing until I started painting again. Even though my toes froze and the wind bite my cheeks, I loved the colors you see on a cold, gray, winter day. The sky had these amazing warm tones however very subtle and the snow reflected the cool light of the day. fun fun fun
Oil on Linen