Friday, April 29, 2016

Times Square Glow in New York City

Times Square Glow, 12 x 12, Pastel on Sanded Paper

I am pleased to announce that my pastel "Times Square Glow" has been accepted into the International Association of Pastel Society's annual juried exhibit.  This painting will be on view at the Salmagundi Club in New York City from June 6th through June 17th, 2016.  Stop by if you are in or around the city in June!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Super Hero Abstraction

"Super Hero Abstraction", 6 x 8, Oil on Paper

Another little study in my super hero series.  I am eager to take some of these studies and make some bigger paintings out of them.  I love the pose here.  The issue will be to make the composition interesting but still simple and somewhat abstract on a larger piece.   I'll let you know how it turns out!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Misty Newport

"Misty Newport", oil on panel, 6 x 8

I realized there are quite a few studies from last several months that I neglected to post on my blog.  So, you will see them now!  This is a little plein air done in Newport last summer.   I like that combination of deep summer green shrouded in mist.  That is the tony private school St. Georges in the distance mist.  Click on the button above to go to the Daily Paintworks site for purchase/auction.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Blue Hippo

"Blue Hippo", 6 x 6, oil on linen

Lest you think I am only doing portraits these days . . .!  I am still working on my landscapes and small still lifes though not as much as I was in previous years.  This is little ceramic sculpture that was done by my father when he was five years old.  I've always just called him Blue Hippo.  He may not actually be a hippo.... who knows.  This piece is available through the Daily Paintworks website.  They manage art sales and auctions for artists.  I have been a member for a long time but haven't actively used it so I am looking forward to finally getting involved with them again.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Study of Zoe

Study for "Zoe", oil on linen, 8 x 8 (cropped)

Another children's portrait for you!  I am updating my website this week to reflect the new portrait business and feature some more recent examples of my portrait work.  Please forgive the glare in this.  I only have my iPhone right now and have to shoot outside so it is difficult to get correct color.  This piece is actually based on an old black and white photo that I have had for a long time.  I am going to offer small pieces such as the one above for people who are not in my area or want an affordable alternative to the larger, full commission portraits.  These pieces will be done from client provided photos and will not involve a photo shoot or life sittings.  I will describe what constitutes a "good" photo on my website under the "commissions" heading.  Please visit my website for more information.   

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Compton Portraits

"Coltrane", Oil on Panel, 16 x 20

Hello to anyone who is still left out there!  Hard to believe it has been a full four months since I have posted to this blog.   A lot of you know that I post primarily on instagram these days as do a lot of other artists.  It is an easier platform and can be done more quickly than blogspot.  That said, I do like the blog format for announcements and other things that require more than a one line description.   I am still painting though my focus has been shifting from the plein air landscape work of the past several years to more personal subject matter.   I have decided to start my portrait business up again in the upstate New York area (though I can do portraits for people in any area of the country).  Some of you may remember that I was the artist in residence at a resort in the Florida Keys where I specialized in children's portraiture.  I will post more information on my portrait process in future posts.  Hopefully some of you are still around to read my blog!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

And Now For Something Completely Different . . .

"Sunflower", Oil on Panel, 16 x 20

I took a little break from the drizzle of my rainy cityscapes to revisit my Caribbean market ladies.  I did a series of these paintings in pastel several years ago based on our trips to the island of St. Martin. We have not been back to St. Martin in several years so I more or less abandoned this subject matter.  But, I was feeling like doing something a little different so I pulled out the reference files.  This is probably a little more contrasty and saturated in some areas than the actual painting but I am pleased with it overall.  Shout out to Greg Little for the helpful advice!