Thursday, June 25, 2009

Southern Sunrise - SOLD

I am headed back to Ohio for the opening of the Mid Year Exhibition at the Butler Museum of American Art. I'm looking forward to seeing one of my paintings hanging on the wall in this prestigious museum.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunset on a Lake 5"x6" oil

A very large lake with nice views of the mountains and hills in the Tennessee Valley. I used a cad. yellow as a ground color to begin.
This sketch is painted on a gessoed 100% rag illustration board. I like the hard, slick surface but the gesso, absorbing the oils will take a little getting used to.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sunset on the River 8"x8" oil

This is the Tennessee River at sunset. Decatur, Alabama is in the distance. For a lower perspective, I sat on the ground, also because I forgot to pack a tripod to attach my paint box to.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Big Tree, Big Sky 7"x8" oil

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i 2 i chat 8"x16" oil NFS

Usually Kathi and Caroline stay connected with i chat, last week they were able to chat eye to computers. They are trying to talk me into this technology...maybe after I learn how to use my cell phone. I did receive an ipod for fathers day so I am becoming more hi-tech, of course my daughters set it all up, I just put on the headphones.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gray Morning on a Great Lake 10"x10" oil

This is the first sketch from the last day of my trip to Ohio. From Edgewater Park you get a great view of Cleveland. Gray and overcast with a few sprinkles really fit my mood, I was leaving home the next morning for work again.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rushing Water, Standing Tree 6"x8" oil SOLD

The early summer heat must be getting to me...I forgot to photograph one painting and completely forgot that I did this one. I have been out late, sketching sunsets this week for a commission. Yeah, thats it...the heat and exhaustion...I'm not getting old!

Gray Day in the Flats 10"x10" oil

This is the second of the sketches I painted on my last day in Cleveland but, I forgot to photograph the first one. I really enjoy painting in the "Flats".
The Cuyahoga River runs through it. There are bridges everywhere you look.
It is urban, industrial, decayed and full of character. I felt as if I was in another world and other time. The RTA trains were going by on the bridge in front of me and a huge barge and tug boat on the river behind was great!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

River Willow 8"x8" oil

This spot was pretty far from any trails or road. I had painted near here previously and wanted to explore it a little more. I chose this view for completely non-artistic reasons - I was tired of lugging all of my paint supplies through the brush and I had packed a great lunch and couldn't wait any longer. In the past I have found that I would search and search for a subject and find nothing, using up all of my available time. Now, I pick a location, unpack my gear, sit and look...eventually the subject of the painting finds me. By the way, while I was painting this, the biggest turtle I've ever seen came by. He walked/swam right up the middle of the river going against the current. Another treat and reason to paint and explore outside of the studio.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

River Rocks 5"x7" oil

A loose and spontaneous sketch, as I try to capture my reaction and impressions of this scene. The contrasts of the solid, almost immovable rocks and the shallow,transparent and constantly moving water as well as the sunlight and shadow was a delight to study and paint. Water is always a challenge for me to paint. It is so easy to become confused, the reflections, what lies beneath the surface, the movement. Every look between brushstrokes is different."Squinting" often, really helps simplify some of this. I'm pretty happy with this sketch. An alternate title for this might be "You First".

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The River Falls 8"x8" oil

These falls are found in Berea, Ohio. I completed a couple of sketches there.To see my first painting at the falls (May 6, 2007 post)
The blue shadows on the water were from my "block in" and are overstated but I liked them so I left them. It was a pleasant afternoon, no one took any notice of me at all.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Down River 8"x8" oil

There is a lovely covered bridge on this river...I am standing underneath it! A few feet behind me are two small boys, fishing.
I chose this spot for its shade, privacy and the view down river. About half way through the painting, the boys came over with their fishing gear and set up a few feet behind me. They were very happy and excitedly discussing strategies for catching fish. I felt as if I were in a Rockwell painting. Their father walked over, stood on a rock almost directly in front of me. The boys began casting their lines as if they were fly fishing. Not very effective if you are under a bridge and frightening if you are 3 or 4 feet away with your back turned. Within seconds their hooks were caught up in the rafters and floor joists of the bridge, whew! not in my back, neck or ears. I finished my sketch quickly and moved on with out a scratch.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Broken on the Bank 6"x6" oil - SOLD

The third sketch on the river, a tree that has lost its footing from the high spring run off. I was attracted by the strong direct light as well as the reflected light off the the exposed river rock. If you ever find yourself on the west side of Cleveland, check out the metro parks. There are lots of hiking and bridle trails and beautiful river views everywhere.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunlight on the Riverbank 6"x6" oil

My second painting on the river. It is a great day when I can spend a few hours beside a river. I had a few new brushes with me and seemed to do more "dabbing" than usual. I love new brushes...the sharp edge and the point. I don't have a very delicate stroke and tend to beat brushes into an early grave. I mostly use Utrecht bristles and I carry a few Princeton bristles, all flats and brights and cheap.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Rocky River Saturday 6"x6" oil - SOLD

I had a great trip home, it was so much fun. I was able to paint...a lot because as anyone with teenage daughters knows (and I usually forget), they have their own lives,always have plans and always have friends they have to meet at the dad had plenty of free time to paint (after the yard work was done).

This is a sketch in the Rocky River reservoir. There are tall cliffs on both sides and the river runs for miles. I was able to complete 10 sketches at the river and will be posting them over the next week or so.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Broken Sunset 6"x6" oil

The last of the sketches. This was started just before the sun fell behind the hills. This is the "loose-est" of the 4 with the quickest and fewest brush strokes I could make.

After four months away from home for work, I am heading home to celebrate my daughters high school graduation. I will paint and post if there is time...but I wouldn't bet on it! this is family time.

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Light at the Edge 6"x6" oil

The third of my 4 sketches. I was facing south west, I think. The sun was low and just to the right, peripherally (gotta love spell check). I like this small lone tree catching the light at its edges and bathed in reflected light from the field.

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Northeast View 6"x6" oil

The second of the series of sketches. There is a gravel road in to this farm and it is up and down steep hills. Both sides are fenced off with barbed wire. As I was painting I was treated to a chorus of cows moving up and over the hill. Way off in the distance there were mules and donkeys braying. You can't get that in the studio. I am convinced that there will come a time when I am able to infuse all of this stimuli into my painting, it's just a matter of practice and discipline...I hope!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Near and Far Hills 6"x6" oil

This is the first in a series of 4 paintings. I began shortly after 5pm and raced the sun. As each sketch was completed, I would turn the easel to find the next picture and begin again. This was fun and forced me to simplify and make very quick decisions. Best of all...I am 4 sketches closer to becoming the painter I want to be.

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