Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #207 "A Block Down"

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Every day, just a block down from our house, sits this oddity , in my opinion. This BIG MANLY pickup in powder blue . The color seems oppose the very nature of this truck. Loud, rusted, big, utilitarian are not words that I relate light blue with. I have painted this truck in various states a few times now. It as a subject never gets old for me, though I wouldn't mind if it's owner finally saw the absurdity of it and had it woed away!

DAILY DIAPER #206 "Vice" **SOLD**

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Something a bit different to kinda break things up. This is a fairly common scene from my studio, or at least the subject is. If I don't make my own, purchasing a cup of coffee is a must. My paticular method of caffination is "The Red Eye" (tall cup of coffee with a shot of espresso.) Add a little sugar and you're in business. I set my empty cup (no way I'm wasting the coffee) with one of my sugar spoons on a brick paver and here you have my vice (or one of them:)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #205 "The Flapper " **SOLD**

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This is a small sketch for a larger/finished piece that has been in the making for years now. My wife, Jen, happens to be a huge fan of all things fashion/design of the 30's, 40's, & 50's. This little hat she bought some time ago at, I believe, an antiques fair and we have talked about doing a portrait of her in it from the time she bought it. I even have made one or two attempts that seemed to fallen a bit short. Now that we have Maddie, space in our house is at a premium and Jen's decided to donate this wonderful little time piece so that another artist can find it and inspiration at the same time. So we thought I should take one more swing at the flapper fence before we let her go. So here they (they being the hat and my lovely wife Jen) are. To the actual painting: the handling of this, especially it being a portrait, is much much heavier than I usually work. I had a Sargent book on a table by my easel and (not saying that I am comparable to Sargent or even in the same solar system but...) maybe a little bit of "Fumee d'Ambre Gris" (see Sargent painting **** MY FAVORITE****) wafted over my way and caused the paint to load up.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #204 "Out For A Walk" **SOLD**

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Another shot from Ault park a few weeks back. A nice sunny day around one of the pavilions, I really liked this one because the gravel path, the dog, and the woman all had relatively the same coloring. So it was all about the subtle shifts to separate the three from one another. Also the wonderful overlook in the background which living in a fairly hilly part of the country, is prominent in many of our parks.

Friday, October 21, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #203 "Mother & Child" **SOLD**

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Another challenge on DPW, this one ia a fundraiser for:


Every Mother Counts - a non-profit dedicated to improving maternal health and co-founded by Christy Turlington, director of the award-winning documentary, No Woman, No Cry.


This is a scene from Ault Park. This woman was holding her daughter, barefoot whilst walking down a HUGE flight of steps. Probably about 50 steps tall, the pavilion at Ault is a bit of a hike to get up and down to, but with a little girl and no shoes, only a mother would do that for her daughter!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #202 "Sunday's Finest" **SOLD**

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This is a piece done for a Daily Paintworks Challenge. The challenge was to use a photo posted by Carol Marine of this little girle holding a bag with a few other people in the background. Obviously I omitted quite a bit from the reference and chose to do a vignette sketch of this little lady. It gave me an apportunity to really place with the cool darks in skin tones since her face was mostly in shadow. The dress in itself is quite a subject but the expression (or the one that I saw in my mind's eye) on the girl's face was quite captivating. Having a one year old daughter I am in a constant state of wandering "What will she look like in two, three, ten years? What will her expressions be?" As I painted this I couldn't help but wander is I would be doing a similar piece in a few years.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #201 "Big Sky Country . . .Kind of" **SOLD**


To bid on this painting click the diaper below.Another in a series of numerous paintings painted in between Cincinnati and Indianapolis. When you get into the country and away from any and all obstructions you really do get sense of just how small you are in comparison to the enormity of the landscape and sky. The clouds on this doy seemed to stretch forever but every now and then you got a hint of that beautiful cerulean blue peeking out.

Monday, October 17, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #200 "The Red Earring" **SOLD**

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Number 200!!! Something a bit different to mark this special occassion. Some of you may or may not know that my official training to become a painter began when I started my apprenticeship at The Atelier School of Fine Arts in Minneapolis in early 2001. This little portrait (or the style that it is done in) is very reminicent of many of the drawings and paintings I did in my three years there. Every now and then I get an itch to fall back into my traditional training and paint one of these pieces. Studying skin tones and form to create the illusion of skin and bone is always a magnificent challenge and every now and then when I start to get it right, and the illusion starts to happen I expect the person in the portarit to give me an ever so slight nod as to say "Your getting it."


Unfortunately one of these takes a few hours longer than one of my normal studies hence the larger starting bid.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #199 "Catch"

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This was done from a scene at Ault Park a few weeks back. It's kinda crazy to think about it being two piece weather a couple of weeks back and we are in the middle of October. This little lady was throwing frisbee with her friend out in one of the many open grassy areas in Ault Park. The sun was pretty high in the sky at this point and the grass seemed almost electric. Good thing she had those shades on!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #198 "Moonrise" **SOLD**

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Another house piece but a bit different for a few reasons: First it's a nocturne, not something that I do very often but fun none-the-less. Secondly I'm not going to be painting many homes with the ocean in the background (I live in Ohio not too many of those around.) Lastly this one was unique for me in that the moon was popping up as the sun was just dropping behind the horizon, so the windows of this beach house lit up with a really warm glow that created an interesting effect.

DAILY DIAPER #197 "Sandals and Surf" **SOLD**

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Painting people walking on the beach is one of my favorites, but not for the nostalia of the ocean or the longing to go back on vacation (although both of those are very nice), its all about the water. The water changes everything. On a bright clear day the ocean and the puddles left by it are like thousands of little mirrors shooting light everywhere, but on an overcast day the water does something all together different. It swings from the blues into the violets and greens due to the sand underneath, and don't even get me started on the reflections that the people walking on it cast, 1000's and 1000's of paintings could be done from the same ocean scene all because of that wild mysterious liquid that laps back and forth on a beach.




Saturday, October 1, 2011

DAILY DIAPER #196 "Working Class" **SOLD**


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Nothing to flashy about this one but it was still great to paint. People may turn their nose up at homes like this because of their sparse space and "Plain Jane" look but I always see these and think that this is someone's home. Their place away from the rest of the world that they call their own. This one is a pretty typical looking house around where we live. The huge tree in the background made it all the more fun to paint.