Monday, November 26, 2012

Masterwork Study

This is a 6 x 6 oil study of a Chauncy Ryder painting.  Copying a masterwork is a great way to learn about color, value and design.  I have done many of them in the past but am doing more these days as part of an online design class with Deborah Paris.  I will post more about the class later this week but so far it's been very educational.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Marsh and Dunes

"Provincetown Dunes",  6 x 6, oil on panel

I have been revisiting my Cape Cod pictures.  They remind me of summer.  The small paintings continue . . .

"Marsh at Twilight,"  6 x 6, oil on panel

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Oil Painting on Paper

"Newport Field Study", 6 x 6, oil on paper

I have been looking for an inexpensive surface to use for oil sketching.  I hate to use an expensive panel or piece of linen for "doodling"!  I hit upon the perfect solution this morning.  I took a piece of heavy etching paper and coated it with three layers of gesso.  The surface is smooth but there is enough texture from the brush marks to make it interesting.   This is basically the same process that I use for my homemade sanded pastel paper but without the addition of grit or marble dust.  I like this surface a lot - the paint kind of glides on in the first layer.  The downside, though, is that works on paper always have to be framed with glass which negates the cost saving aspect of using paper instead of linen!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Miniature Painting Season

"Saratoga Fields, 6 x 6, oil on wood

Nine small paintings and counting!  I don't know when it happened but the Christmas season is now the season of miniature paintings.   The galleries want to offer their clients a broad range of moderately priced artwork for the holiday buying season hence the current rash of "little paintings" everywhere.  I always paint small studies anyway to determine if I want to spend the time and effort on a larger version.  I actually would have kept a few of these minis for larger pieces but they had to get to the gallery.  You can see these paintings and a lot more at Sorelle Gallery in Albany.  The show opens Saturday so stop by if you are in town!

"Maine Cove", 6 x 6 , oil on wood

Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Oil Painting "Train Trestle"

"Train Trestle", 6 x 6, oil on panel

It may feel like Fall but it is actually Christmas painting season!  Yes, it's time to get all those small paintings done for the holiday shows.  I usually participate in two holiday shows:  the Sorelle Gallery Miniature Show in Albany and the Mark Twain Library Christmas Fundraiser in Connecticut.  So, lots of little paintings for the time being.  I really like the texture and color in the above painting.  As always, the color in the photo is a little off.  The trestle bridge is a more faded color than the saturated red you see in the jpeg.  One of these days I'm going to fix this jpeg problem . . . .

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Pastels

"Dropping the Traps" Study, 6 x 8 pastel on sanded paper

Finally back in the studio!  Hurricane Sandy disrupted plans for our boat preparation but it all ended up OK and the boat is on its way to the Caribbean.  I hope everyone is safe and enjoying electricity at this point!  These are two new compositions in my Lobstermen series.  I like the diagonal energy of the top pastel but I am not convinced I like the color harmony.  I may need to do another color study for this one.  I also like the study below but may add a little more space around the main figure if I do a larger version.  It's nice to have all my pastels out again.  Unfortunately I can't paint on the boat with my pastels.  It's just too messy!

"Weighing the Catch" Study, 6 x 8 pastel on sanded paper