Thursday, January 29, 2009
As it has been so cold lately, I haven't really had the opportunity to get outside to do some painting. It's been nice to work on a still life in a slightly different direction than other still life paintings. I was aiming for a sense of strong light direction and drama in this piece. I also wanted to express strong contrast in textures from the translucent quality of the porcelain, reflective nature of the brass container, the fabric and then the textural elements of the peonies. I think every painting can be a learning experience and a building block to the next piece. I think, in part, that is the draw to the act of creating.
"Peonies, Hydrangeas and Blue"
20 x 24, oil on canvas
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
I finally finished this painting for yet another entry into one of the National exhibitions coming up this year. As I was nearing completion, I realized that I had probably been working on this painting for probably more than a year, at least in my mind. Growing up in New Mexico, I have always loved the late September days moving into early October. Those days, the last of the wild sunflowers bloom by the roadsides, the wild asters start popping up here and there; even the chamisa provides the landscape with a carpet of yellow. Its a beautiful time of year. I could envision a painting with bright sunflowers and wild asters against a back drop of a Navajo rug and maybe a piece of pueblo pottery. So began the quest for the items to include in the painting. I found the pottery here in Vermont, the rug at another shop, the blue jug somewhere else. Once the elements in the painting were together, I actually began working on the composition in my studio. I have no idea if the painting will make it into this show, I certainly hope so. No matter the outcome though, the learning and sheer enjoyment of putting this piece together is the true reward.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Having grown up in New Mexico, I was not fully prepared, on some levels for a New England winter. I think, in my mind, I had an idea that it snowed, everyday, was cold, everyday and that the sun did not shine from late November until sometime in mid-May. While there are many dark and very cold days of winter...it was minus 7 this morning, my initial impression was quite false. There are many beautiful bright and clear winter days after all! It is not always that cold it can be quite warm walking around on a bright winter day. This is one tiny portion of many of the discoveries now living in my adopted Vermont. The day I painted this piece was cold but warm, in the sun. The warm, late afternoon light streaming through the trees created a beautiful moment and I hope through this little painting you can feel the warmth of the winter sun on an otherwise very cold day.
"Late Afternoon on the Poultney River"
oil on mounted canvas
8 x 10
350.00 unframed, plus shipping
Monday, January 12, 2009
During the recent snowy days of winter it's been fun to work on some paintings that are a reminder of warmer days. The rocky shores near Rockport, MA have been an inspiration to artists for countless years. I had the opportunity last summer to spend some time climbing around on these sun bleached rocks and like many before me, and many to come, I was very inspired by the beauty and magnitude of this area.
oil on mounted canvas, 12 x 16, unframed
600.00 plus 10.00 shipping
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
In the last week or so I have been feverishly trying to complete some paintings that will be entries into a couple of upcoming National exhibitions. I have not painted a seascape in some time and I was really itching to get back to this type of work. It was a fun experience to compare this seascape with some others that I completed in years past. Amazing how one's style or painting temperament can change. In this painting, which is of the Massachusetts coast, near Magnolia, MA, I wanted to focus on a very clear and strong light direction. I spent a lot of time on this piece loosing edges and doing a lot of blending...a bit odd for me, but I liked the effect. So, wish me luck. One never knows about these shows, but I think its a great time to push a little to really try to do something different and maybe with very fine-tuned senses. This is one of my entries for the show Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio.
Friday, January 2, 2009
WHen I moved to Vermont six years ago, I was immediately captured by the charms of the state. What I thought only existed in postcards, actually was part of my new life. I have fallen in love with the area time and time again and am always "wowed" by the landscpae, history; simply the "ethos" of Vermont. With the change in the area of the country where I lived, I have also made changes in my work from subject matter to changes in palette. Such is the case with this painting of the covered bridge at Pittsford, VT. The most widely photographed bridge in the state of Vermont, it made a wonderful subject for a wintertime painting. Some would look at a paintings such as this as trite, it is however a part of the world in which I live and do my work. A covered bridge evokes a feeling of nostaligia, romance or of times gone by. In this world of non-stop, frenectic activity to pause for a moment to be nostaligic about a place or a time might not be so bad afterall.
"Covered Bridge at Pittsford, VT"
16 x 20, oil on canvas, framed
1,195.00 shipping included
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