Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

"Fresh Snow (from the studio window)", oil on gessoed paper, 5 x 7

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!  I had a great time with my family in Saratoga Springs NY and Ridgefield CT.  It's been a busy month traveling which partially accounts for my absence from the blog.  The main reason I have not posted very much is that I am starting to take my work in a different direction.  I took two classes in the past few months that have really impacted the way I create my artwork.  I will discuss these two classes and what I learned from them in more detail in subsequent posts.  I will devote more time in the coming year to doing the the preparatory work that goes into creating a piece of art:  drawing, design, conceptual refinement, color studies.  I am going to use my plein air pieces as real studies and not as just little copies of the scenes I happen to find wherever I may be at the time.  The bottom line is that I want to take my work to the next level in the coming year which will require a lot of hard work that doesn't necessarily result in something that can be posted on a blog everyday.  I will be working on ways to make this blog more interesting for those of you who like to look at art every day and those who create art every day!  I will keep you posted  .  .  .

See you next year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tortola Palms

"Edge of Water", 6 x 6, oil on panel

I am currently in Nanny Cay Marina in Tortola (British Virgin Islands).  It is beautiful here right now.  Sunny and warm!  I know.  Life is tough sometimes!  I have been sketching the trees around the marina as part of the coursework for the design class I'm taking.  I like the colors in this little study.   The assignment was just to do black and white thumbnails but I had my paint bag with me and took the opportunity to do a little painting as well.