Friday, February 28, 2014

A question

The winter continues here and I try to enliven the white, cold and windy landscape with an imagined "warmer" one with a rooster occupying his space in it!  This one is titled "out and about" and measures 7.5"x7.5".  I have a question for readers of this blog...what do you do when you hit a creative block?  Leave a comment on the blog so everyone can see your answers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Flipping files

A little 7.5"x7.5" painting I did last year.  I take so many pictures throughout the year that I forget what's in my files and when inspiration is a bit low I peruse those files and each time new subjects jump out at me.  It's time once again to start flipping through and seeing what will appeal!

Friday, February 21, 2014

In the beginning

I love the starts of paintings or see the pencil lines and the initial application of pigments makes my heart beat faster.  The possibilities of where it might go, when it will be done, what colors will come next? etc..etc.. This watercolor (in it's completed and framed stage) is on display at the Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe, where I will be tomorrow from 2-4 to do a painting demonstration.  Maybe see you there!

Monday, February 17, 2014

demo and show

This weekend (Saturday February 22nd) I will be at the Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe for the opening of my show: "A Body of work" and I will be doing a demonstration from 2-4 p.m.  Hope you can stop by and see my figure and portrait paintings.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Value study

As promised here is the Value Lily...Done with Payne's gray in various concentrations.  The lightest values have the most water mixed in and the darkest value are almost pure Payne's just slightly watered down.  In the background where you see the stalks I wiped the damp pigment away with a paper towel and then restated the sharp edges once the paper was dry.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


The pure white of the lily...but the petals have touches of yellow, purple, blue and green...I recently did a value study of this painting, which I'll post soon...Value is's true.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cold and color

The excitement of the Super Bowl is behind us and now we can look forward to the Winter Olympics! It's the little things that get us through the long and snowy weeks...oh that and some pigment flinging as well!  Always good to put those brushes to paper...makes things a lot more colorful :)