Friday, December 30, 2011
Concrete and Cactus -
Highway Overpass, Cactus, Roadside,Daily Painting
Concrete and cactus, too interesting to pass by. Sometimes the idea or concept for a painting is better than the painting. I think this is one of those times. This isn't really a concern, the goal was to commit to this concept quickly for later execution or at least consideration.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Roof Top Warm Up -
Dallas, Parking Garage, oil painting,Daily Painting
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Noon, Near The City -
Dallas, Bryan St.,Daily Painting
A very limited palette. Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue were the main color elements for this painting. I added Alizarin Crimson at the end to get the deepest darks, I might have also picked up a little bit of Burnt Sienna (my palette tends to get a little sloppy). I piled on the lights with my knife.
This is my last sketch for a few days, I am heading home for Christmas tomorrow.
I have decided to bump my prices in 2012. Costs have gone way up and my sale are sluggish, kinda/just like like the the economy... I think it might be better for my ego to be not selling at higher prices. I may try ebay but I'm not sure yet.. it might cancel out all of the ego gains from the higher priced non-sales.
A very Merry Christmas to everyone
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Morning Rush -
Dallas, Rush Hour, Live Oak St, N. Haskell St.,Daily Painting
Stop and Watch the Sunset -
Dallas, Deep Ellum, Gaston St., Malcolm X Blvd.,Daily Painting
This is an intersection close by my workplace. My interest is the contrast of the large AT&T office building catching all of the beautiful setting sunlight and the small buildings and businesses in deep shadow and the birds watching.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Pine Trail -
Myles Standish State Forest, Daily Painting
Another sketch from a trail through the Myles Standish State Forest.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Morning in the Pine Forest -
Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, Massachusetts,Daily Painting
The challenge was to simplify a complicated lighting condition. I think it works ok.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Liberty Street Fountain -
Fountain, Sunlight, Dallas, Daily Painting
I held this painting to work on for a few days because I just couldn't decide if it was done. I think part of my reluctance to call it complete has to do with the surface I worked on. I recently purchased several types of boards from Raymar and this was my first painting on their Double Oil Primed Belgian Linen. I love it! It is my all time favorite surface. Unfortunately, it is more expensive than any of the other choices...I have nine more linen boards left, I will either use them up immediately or jealously hoard them.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Plimoth Watch -
Plimoth, Plymouth Colony, Pilgrim Woman, Daily Painting
A woman from 1621 watching the strange visitors from 2011 strolling down her dirt street.
In The Colony -
Plymouth, Plimoth Colony, thatched roof, Daily Painting
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Plimoth Fashion -
Plimoth, Plymouth Colony, Pilgrim Woman, Clothing, Bench, Oil Painting,Daily Painting
Another sketch of a woman from Plymouth Colony and the colorful clothing of the 1600's.
Sun in the Forest -
Myles Standish State Forest, Pine Tree in Sunlight, Oil Painting, Daily Painting
Another sketch of Myles Standish State Forest. I had a great time painting these trees. The graphic design quality of the branches and needles of these pines seem to paint themselves. I just kind of followed the brush.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Shore Pines -
Myles Standish State Forest, Pine Trees, Oil Painting,Daily Painting
7 5/8 x 12 3/8, oil on masonite.
This is from my trip in September. We spent a glorious morning at the Myles Standish State Forest. We began to follow a trail into the woods when we came upon a sign, which was coincidently about the same time I noticed the sound of gunshots off in the distance and some that wern't too far off in the distance...I decided to stay close to the road.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Plimoth Color -
Plimoth, Plymouth Colony, Pilgrim, Woman,Daily Painting
11x8 oil on masonite panel.
Another from my recent Plymouth Colony trip. I use the original spelling in the title but the modern version in my text. One of the things I learned on this trip was that the pilgrims didn't wear the black costumes and buckle shoes and hats. In fact their clothes were quite colorful.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Main Street, 1621 - SOLD
Plimoth, Plymouth Colony, Pilgrim Women, Daily Painting
10x10 oil on canvas panel.
This isn't just Main Street, it's the only street at Plymouth/Plimoth Colony.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The English Pointer -
English Pointer, Dog Portrait, Oil Painting, Daily Painting
I used a photograph I took a few weeks ago as reference for this sketch. I am not a fan of using photo reference for my work. It isn't an aesthetic issue, it's that after years working as an illustrator, it feels too much like work used to. I rarely do any preliminary drawing before painting but after a futile start on this picture I had to scrub the panel down and do a quick drawing and it helped quite a bit.
I also used Maroger Medium. I have known of this oil medium for years but only just purchased a tube. I'm unsure of how it should be used but plan on experimenting with it for awhile.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Morning Light in the Park -
Meadows Foundation, Dallas, Morning Sunlight, Daily Painting
Every morning, afternoon and evening I walk my dog in this park. After my limited palette attempts I think I probably overstated the color and value here but it feels right to me.
On a separate subject, today is the eight week anniversary since my last cigarette! I think I may finally be getting past the tense, clenched teeth, clenched fists phase.
I would like to offer my apologies to all of those folks I have barked at in the park. To everyone else...you probably deserved it.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Woman of Plimoth -
Plimoth,Woman Pilgrim,Daily Painting
10x10 oil on canvas panel.
I used one of the photos from my recent trip to Plymouth Colony as reference.I tried to paint this outside of my comfort zone. My palette consisted of Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Medium, Ivory Black and Titanium White for the majority of the painting and then at the very end of the painting I dipped into Ultramarine Blue. Lastly, after I blocked in the painting I switched from brushes to palette knife for the rest of the painting.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Good Mornin' Alley, How Are Ya -
Deep Ellum, Dallas,Plein Air, Oil Painting,Daily Painting
I started this painting a few days ago before work. It had a pretty good start and I was looking forward to returning this morning to finish it. Thanksgiving morning in Dallas was more like London in a horror film...dense fog everywhere. I didn't want to waste the morning so I painted a small sketch in the park and then went home to play with this painting. While painting I listened to "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie which led me to Peter, Paul and Mary to Judy Collins to The Seekers to John Denver to Bob Dylan and then back to Arlo Guthrie and the "City of New Orleans" hence "Good Morning America...". The sentiment fit the location and the lyric fit my life over these past 7 years.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
English Pointer, Oil Painting, Daily Painting
Brody is my daughter's English Pointer. I asked Caroline to email a photo so I could try another dog sketch...btw, Merry Christmas Sweetie!...that's one down.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Maddie in Profile -
English Pointer,Dog Portrait,Daily Painting
I painted this from a small drawing in my sketchbook. Thankfully Maddie was lounging right next to me while I painted this and that helped provide the information my drawing didn't. I used a limited palette of Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Norman's New England -
Stockbridge,Massachussetts,Norman Rockwell,Studio,Cupola,Weathervane,Daily Painting
This 20 minute sketch was painted using one of the photos from my recent trip to CT and MA. This is the roof of Norman Rockwell's studio in Stockbridge, MA. It is one of my favorite places. We used to visit the Rockwell museum and studio often when I lived in Connecticut.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Maddie's Chair -
English Pointer, Upholstered Chair,Daily Painting
I purchased this chair at a thrift store when I moved to Dallas. I chose this one because it looked clean and, mostly because I could pick it up (which is important if you are going to have to move furniture by yourself). I got it home, set it in place and sat down on it and, uh oh... it was tiny. The seat cushion is only 16 inches from the floor. I sat on so many chairs at the store. I never noticed that I hadn't sat on this one. It is so uncomfortable that I can't really sit in it for more than a few minutes. Maddie seems to love it though.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Streaming Light -
Stream,Sunlight,White Water,Daily Painting
Friday, November 11, 2011
Frostville Sunlight - NFS -
Frostville, Ohio, Olivia Dad collaboration,Daily Painting
This was the first of the father / daughter collaboration paintings. Livi liked the quirky little addition with the wagon wheel and the plow decorations. She painted a couple of the yellow flowers on the bush.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Edge of the Lake - NFS -
Lake Erie, oil painting, Olivia Dad collaborationDaily Painting
12x12 oil on canvas panel.
Another father / daughter collaboration with paint at Lake Erie (see below) and with clippers (see above).
At first Livi told me not to cut off my hair. She said it was my only asset (only a daughter can get away with that). After cutting her hair, the hospital barber offered to cut mine as well...Livi tearfully said no, her "older sister was a dog groomer and would do it" (again, only a daughter could get away with that!). That night Caroline came over with her dog clippers and cut my hair...Tina just watched and laughed when she wasn't horrified.