Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
This young lady had such a strong cast shadow that I just had to try and paint her...even the subtle shift of values reads as a dark and a light under and on her chin and her cheek. That's one thing I learned this year.. among other things...but a lighter touch with the pigments can be just as effective as a strong hand.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I'll get back to my card sets sometime soon...but thought I'd post some of my newest work. This stately, well dressed, elegant lady looked stunning with her fancy sunglasses and jaunty red hat...I'm glad I had a chance to paint her and use all the red pigments on my palette! 15"x11"
Thursday, December 8, 2011
More cards for you to peruse...I had fun with the four seasons of Vermont Farms (above) and had a collection of wine bottle images that I did for a poster for a local Fine Wine and Food festival. And the roosters are always a favorite of mine to paint. As I said in the previous post there are 8 cards total (2 of each image) and they are photographs of my paintings put on a deckled edge, blank notecard (5"x7"). They are $21.95 per pack plus $3.05 S/H for a total of $25.00
A Fine Vintage
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Today I'm posting some of my card sets which are for sale at two or three Vermont locations, but not anywhere else...so I thought why not here? I'll post some others in the coming days like rooster card sets, Sunflowers, Peonies, poppies, Irises and more...so stay tuned. If you'd like one of these sets just click on the Buy it Now button and I'll send them to you! The cards are blank with a deckled edge and are packaged in a clear plastic box. There are two each of the four images you see for a total of eight cards.
They are $21.95 per set plus $3.05 S/H for a total of $25.00 each.
Friday, December 2, 2011
This post goes along with my last one about my work being licensed...these two images are on "stained glass" and are about 6"x8". I was so excited to get these samples in the mail..the reproduction and quality is really outstanding. It is so much fun to have my work represented on such an array of different products. The company that manufactures these is called Truth in Glass and hopefully they'll show up in a store near you!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This calendar is out there in the retail market somewhere right now, which is very exciting...I happened to find this one at Homegoods! I wish I knew which stores were carrying this calendar...I come to an agreement with my licensing agent for the use of my images for a particular product and that's where it ends...so if you find these items in and around your neighborhood, let me know so I can tell folks where they can buy this calendar! This is the backside....sorry for the crooked picture..
Monday, November 28, 2011
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend...Back to blogging. This was done from a vintage photograph of my grandfather. I had a great time with the "wetness" of the watercolor washes and the very light touch of pigment. Dark doesn't always have to be dark...like his jacket was in the original picture.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving week..I'll pick up again next week with my blog...so I'll leave you with this image (15"x22") of a little girl painted from a vintage photograph...this was one of those paintings that painted itself...well we all know that doesn't happen...we don't have magic brushes like the brooms in Fantasia, but sometimes there is another force at work that just puts paint in the right places! Wish they could all be like that!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
It is not easy to put blue in someone's face...but I do mix in Cerulean with Raw Sienna and Cad Red...here his cheek and lip reflect that choice....now it's all I can see since I mentioned it..but the green in his hair is fun as well...so many pigments...might as well sling them around a bit in unpredictable places :)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Venetian Gondolas...it's like painting cows in Vermont! Had fun with this one..not an easy subject, but a good exercise nonetheless. For those of you who emailed and commented on my last post..it is the interior of the fortified monastery of Abbey Lerins on Ile Saint-Honorat, France. I'll attempt that painting again.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This piece is 8"x8" done from a photo that I've wanted to paint for years now...this was a first attempt, done with just two colors...burnt sienna and ultramarine blue. I was trying for several values. I don't know if you can tell what it is supposed to be...
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
A different painting of my same Grandmother. This one slightly off center, with a bouquet of daisies... the flowers I made up since they weren't in the reference picture. I'm exploring more portraits and playing with composition...sometimes an intriguing design or unique perspective is half the battle to a successful painting.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Another portrait...at this point I think it's official that I've found a new favorite subject..the portrait/figure. I can't seem to stop painting them....so you'll have to endure seeing them here on my blog...not giving up on other subjects, though...just a temporary obsession.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
This is a small portrait...the paper was 6"x8" and handmade at a small mill in Italy...ofcourse on paper that precious the paintings can't help but turn out good....(wink wink, recognize sarcasm here) I still have some Twinrocker paper from years ago that I'm "saving"...I should just use it...if you think about it..it's cotton pulp and water smooshed into a mold and pressed....hmmm
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Warmer climes of times past...but we are in for a b-e-a-u-tiful weekend here in the Northeast. This was a painting done from a photograph of the church in Old Puerto Vallarta it is 12"x12" and done on the "Fluid" watercolor paper. It certainly handles differently than the other papers I'm used to...but always good to experiment with something new.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
These ladies were done in the Jeannie McGuire workshop that I took this summer.. Haven't had a chance to explore her techniques since then..but it was fun piling on the pigment...plus using opaque colors and white! I want to give a quick shout out to all the email subscribers who write me on a regular basis! Thanks for your comments!
Monday, October 3, 2011
How long has it been since I posted a feathered friend? A while anyway...well this summer I went to a poultry museum! Over 200 different varieties...my camera was smoking at the end of that visit! So you can be sure that I'll tackle some of those images for future paintings!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Now that fall is here and the sun is setting earlier..it is time to revisit the figure sessions again at our local art center. Looking back on the last 3 or 4 years..I can say that my recording of the human figure in graphite, charcoal, watercolor and various other media has improved. It's all about observation, relationships and measuring!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
The show opening went well last night...there is quite a variety of work by numerous artists. It's always nice to hear feedback about your work...it seems my new direction was a pleasant surprise for people. So here's to continued growth and exploration of unique subject matter! (French fisherman 8"x8")
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Well hello everyone! That was quite the blogging break...sometimes that's needed. I did this painting earlier this year and it will now be in a show that opens tomorrow. I wonder what the reaction will be to my expanding subject matter...I do have two floral pieces in the show in addition to two figures and one landscape! shaking it up a bit! ("Weathered" 15"x22")
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Hope everyone had a good Labor Day..I've put together 5 pieces for an upcoming show and this is one of the paintings..."elongated lilies" 22"x15". I'll be sporadically posting for the next little while, taking a short blogging break, but I will be photographing some new work and hopefully painting a bunch.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Some more pieces where I've applied the pigment differently than usual...this was done during the Jeannie McGuire workshop...I got such a kick out of using white and mixing it with my other colors...I can see where I could get in trouble, though...never knowing when to stop for one!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
As you can see the figure painting obsession continues...This was cool to do because of the graffiti.. I used a watercolor pencil and crayon to "write" in the letters behind the bearded guy. I even signed my name on the lower right side of the wall in a tagging style...well maybe sort of, but a graffiti artist I'm not (12"x12")
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
This was an experiment in taking away pigment...the white shirt of the person under the umbrellas and the highlights of the items around the figures was all pigment applied and then later lifted with a damp brush. You can also see some of that in the figures by the water.