Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Morning Light in the Park -

Meadows Foundation, Dallas, Morning Sunlight, Daily Painting

12x9 oil on masonite panel.
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 probably deserved it.

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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.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Good Mornin' Alley, How Are Ya -

Deep Ellum, Dallas,Plein Air, Oil Painting,Daily Painting

12x16 oil on masonite panel.
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.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brody -

English Pointer, Oil Painting, Daily Painting

6x8 oil on canvas panel.
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

6x8 oil on canvas panel.
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.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Norman's New England -

Stockbridge,Massachussetts,Norman Rockwell,Studio,Cupola,Weathervane,Daily Painting

6x8 oil on canvas panel.
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.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Maddie's Chair -

English Pointer, Upholstered Chair,Daily Painting

10x10 oil on canvas panel.
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.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Streaming Light -

Stream,Sunlight,White Water,Daily Painting

10x8 oil on canvas panel
A bit of light catching a few leaves and highlighting the rushing water.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Frostville Sunlight - NFS -

Frostville, Ohio, Olivia Dad collaboration,Daily Painting

8x8 oil on canvas panel.
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.
Three Daughters!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Erie Collaboration - NFS

Olivia's painting, Lake Erie, Daily Painting

12x9 oil on canvas panel.
I am back from a long absense. I spent the month of September in Ohio with my family. My daughter Olivia had a brain surgery that will end her epilepsy related seizures. All went perfectly and she is doing great. We spent the week prior to the surgery together painting and sketching. She would pick the subject and I would paint it and then she would add a brushstroke or two at the end to finish it up. It was a special time that I will always treasure. This is one of the paintings we collaborated on. More to come. Also there are a few from a research trip to southern New England for the project I'm working on.