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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Golden Dusk


Golden Dusk, Oil on Linen Panel, 11 x 14

Hope everyone is staying warm!  I am thinking of summer as you can see.  I can't complain really since I've been in Florida for most of this terrible winter and am returning next week.  I am working on several new cityscapes and landscapes and hope to finish them before I leave.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Early Morning on the Beach Path


"Early Morning on the Beach Path", 9 x 12, oil on panel

This is a larger version of a 6 x 8 plein air oil sketch done earlier this winter.  It is on the grounds of the Bonnet House facing the beach.  I reworked this a few times and in doing so lost the transparency of the dark areas.  I like it overall but wish I had held off on those darks in the foreground.   I had to resort to opaque paint to lighten those dark shadows.  Lesson learned (but I will probably do it again . . ).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Intertwined


"Intertwined", oil on linen panel, 9 x 12

The Bonnet House in South Florida has beautiful Melaleuca trees lining the drive to the main house of an old 1940s estate.  It is a beautiful spot to paint.  This was done in three sessions over a week or so.  Sorry for the poor photo - iPhone!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Moonlight Nights


"Moonlight Nights", 18 x 24, Oil on Panel

This painting is still a work in progress but it is mostly done and I have put it away until I can look at it with fresh eyes.  There is a group of really fine artists who post their work on Instagram and occasionally there is a "challenge" of some sort.  This was done for "the poetry of place" challenge which was started by Donald Jurney and has continued on for the past few weeks.  A poem is posted every Friday and the participating artists design and execute and a painting based on that poem.  This weeks poem is from Bernard Howe:

The clear sky seems to glow,
with the moon so big and bright.
Lighting up our hill sides,
with an iridescence light.

The shadows hide amongst the trees,
whilst I listen to the gentle breeze.
A night time opera in front of me,
a magical moment under a grand marquee. - Bernard Howe from "Moonlight Nights"

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year


"Chinatown Morning," 9 x 12, oil on panel

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!  It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and here we stand in 2015 already!  I am eager to attack my long list of art goals for this year which I will discuss in more detail in subsequent posts.  My work process has evolved over the past year or two and I am trying to be more deliberate and focused in the development of the concept, the design and the execution of an idea.  My plein air paintings are primarily used as a studies right now and I have been doing a lot more drawing in the field which I enjoy.  I do still love the cityscape genre so you will be seeing more of these this year!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Online Gallery





I am happy to announce the launch of a new online gallery called Spa City Fine Art.  This is a new venture that will feature the work of regional artists in the upstate New York area.  All the work included on this site is available directly through the respective artist.  These are paintings not offered at other galleries or venues so check here frequently for new work!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy November


"Rain on the Horizon", 6 x 6 , oil on panel

Wow!  I didn't realize I had been absent so long!  I have been working daily and posting pieces as they are finished on Instagram where there is a great community of like minded artists who do some incredible work.  (You can follow along on instagram at www.instagram.com/eden.compton if you are interested.)  It is tiny painting season again and I have lots of little works in progress for the holidays.  Some will be available at Sorelle Gallery in Albany and some will be available at a new online gallery called Spa City Fine Arts.  I will do a post on Spa City Fine Arts tomorrow.  Hope everyone is enjoying the Fall which seems to be turning prematurely to winter already.