Tuesday, September 28, 2010

St. Louis Show

I'm in the middle of trying to pack my compact car with +30 paintings. I've come to the realization that I just can't take some of my favorites because they're TO BIG!!! I love to paint large and use a huge bakers spatula because I feel like I've physically stepped into the creating process. This series of 11"x14" will be the bulk of my newest for this St. Louis show and with luck I'll be able to tuck some 40"x30" along.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Enter at Will

"Enter At Will" 6"x8" oil
I've started investigating a new series of plein air paintings which revolves around small openings into ??? I guess it's rather voyeuristic. One of my primary problems has been how to compose these close-up passages. I hope my shadows on the foreground help create the illusion of a flat plan/ground, leading to the door.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Recipe for plein air painting

A great recipe for plein air painting; hot sunny weather & legs dangling near a cool waterfall. (forgot to snap a photo of my paintings)
"Sand Dunes" (5x7, oil) was painted right at noon with the sun directly overhead. With such a bright light the value and temperature were greatly compressed to one end of the gray scale.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

art opening-Marian Street Gallery

This Friday night the Marion Street Gallery will hosting their tri-yearly art opening for their gallery artists. I will be displaying several new landscape paintings. This gallery features art made from oil paints, acrylic paints, ceramic, photography, and fine jewelry. If you're nearby I hope you can stop by, say hello, and let me show you the fabulous display of art.
Fine Art, Fine Music, Fine Art
Friday 9/10/2010 opening
115 N Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60301

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Avalon-value and temperature

"Avalon Splash" 5"x7" oil
"Distant Storm" 5"x7" oil
Normally I find the light changes more quickly at dawn than early evening but with a storm on the horizon I had time to crank out two studies of value and temperature. This morning the values were less compressed than the previous posting when I had to deal with haze and fog.