Friday, November 29, 2013

Tasty Good #10 "Freshly Picked"


I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Friday, October 18, 2013

"Tasty Good #9" Strawberries & Espresso #2


I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Tasty Good #8" Strawberries and Espresso


I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Tasty Good #7" Just One Kiss


So I am going to put a few finished framed pieces on the blog that fall into this little genre I started for myself. The piece come just as you see it in a custom 1.5" Dutch black frame, ready to hang. 

   I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Tasty Good #6" Caramel Apple Espresso


So I am going to put a few finished framed pieces on the blog that fall into this little genre I started for myself. The piece come just as you see it in a custom 1.5" Dutch black frame, ready to hang. 

   I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Friday, October 11, 2013

"Tasty Good #5" Caramel Apple

   
   So I am going to put a few finished framed pieces on the blog that fall into this little genre I started for myself. The piece come just as you see it in a custom 1.5" Dutch black frame, ready to hang. 

   I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

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Monday, September 30, 2013

"Tasty Good #4" Cherry Pistachio Swirl



I've been struggling a bit to find things to paint consistently for the blog. I don't really know if it's switching gears from larger finished works to the smaller ones that go on the blog but whatever the reason, I had to give myself a large project to work on and take the thinking out of it and put the painting back into it. Many of the previous pieces that I put on the blog were painted in two short sittings, helping to get a bit more color intensity by painting one layer over the top of another dry one. All of these are painted wet into wet paint in one sitting in a more traditional manner. Starting with a drawing, brushing a thin layer of paint over the entire surface, wiping out the lights with a rage, and then building layers of paint wet into wet to create the desired effects.  

So I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

"Tasty Good #3" The Birthday Candle



I've been struggling a bit to find things to paint consistently for the blog. I don't really know if it's switching gears from larger finished works to the smaller ones that go on the blog but whatever the reason, I had to give myself a large project to work on and take the thinking out of it and put the painting back into it. Many of the previous pieces that I put on the blog were painted in two short sittings, helping to get a bit more color intensity by painting one layer over the top of another dry one. All of these are painted wet into wet paint in one sitting in a more traditional manner. Starting with a drawing, brushing a thin layer of paint over the entire surface, wiping out the lights with a rage, and then building layers of paint wet into wet to create the desired effects.  

So I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Saturday, September 28, 2013

"Tasty Good #2" Strawberry Dreams :)



I've been struggling a bit to find things to paint consistently for the blog. I don't really know if it's switching gears from larger finished works to the smaller ones that go on the blog but whatever the reason, I had to give myself a large project to work on and take the thinking out of it and put the painting back into it. Many of the previous pieces that I put on the blog were painted in two short sittings, helping to get a bit more color intensity by painting one layer over the top of another dry one. All of these are painted wet into wet paint in one sitting in a more traditional manner. Starting with a drawing, brushing a thin layer of paint over the entire surface, wiping out the lights with a rage, and then building layers of paint wet into wet to create the desired effects.  

So I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Tasty Good" Study #1 Chocolate with Cherry on Top



I've been struggling a bit to find things to paint consistently for the blog. I don't really know if it's switching gears from larger finished works to the smaller ones that go on the blog but whatever the reason, I had to give myself a large project to work on and take the thinking out of it and put the painting back into it. Many of the previous pieces that I put on the blog were painted in two short sittings, helping to get a bit more color intensity by painting one layer over the top of another dry one. All of these are painted wet into wet paint in one sitting in a more traditional manner. Starting with a drawing, brushing a thin layer of paint over the entire surface, wiping out the lights with a rage, and then building layers of paint wet into wet to create the desired effects.  

So I went back to what started this blog, my daughter Mae. If you have a young child or have been around one for any period of time you will inevitably here something funny come out of their mouths. They are literally walking crazy quote machines. My daughter is no different. For example she has a couple of words that she adds a 'n' on the end of the word (i.e. ghost becomes ghostn') as in I really don't like ghostn's they're kinda scary. Or I don't want toastn's for breakfast. We don't correct her because honestly we love hearing it and soon she'll self correct and that will be one more sign that she's growing up. I tell you this because one of the other few things that she used to say frequently, but somewhat more rarely now, is when something was "Tasty Good." "Dad, I like chocolate, it's tasty good." LOVE IT LOVE IT. What adult would say that seriously in everyday conversation? So these next 50 or 100 pieces are for all my daughter's "Tasty Goods" and "not so Tasty Goods."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

#336 Red Bowl Study



A small prep study for a group of pieces featuring this little red bowl. It reflected the light so wonderfully in the new studio, I had to design a handful of pieces for it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

#334 Up Close #1



I've been thinking about painting some close up larger portraits lately and this was one of my first swings at it in a smaller version. 

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

#333 Sitting Pretty


Another one of daughter's toys perched on my picket fence. This time from the angle that it was painted   I caught a little of the blue sky in the background so I decided to put it in. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#332 End of Summer


A small study in my new studio space done under natural light that my late nights inspired me to paint. I've been working rather late into the evening and usually a Reds game happens to be on the radio. Other evenings, away from the studio, we take my daughter out to a local ice cream stand as a treat. The days of both are numbered, which is bitter sweet if you like either or maybe both. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

#331 Beach Bike Study #1


Here's another small study for a larger piece that I will be doing for my show in November. I've done all kinds of beach scenes but never a bike rider. I thought this was a nice one to start with. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

#330 Evening Calls


Haven't done any straight landscapes for the blog in a while so I thought I put a couple on. If you've followed my landscape work you'll know clouds, BIG CLOUDS, are one of my favorite subjects. Here in southern Ohio we've been getting some really hot, humid an sometimes outright wet days. When you combine all that heat with moisture in the sky you get some beautiful skies that hang around for just a bit at the evening hours. This one was just before the sun said 'Adios'. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#329 "Three Color Palette" ArtByte Study


This is a preparatory study for an DPW ArtByte that I will be publishing on painting a portrait using three colors, white, and black. I jotted down notes of what I wanted to touch on while I painted this. So it was a dry run of sorts. The subject in this particular painting is my wife but I think that the actual demo is going to be a self portrait, but we'll see. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

#328 "Just Super"


Here's a piece that is a bit of a study for my upcoming show "Head in The Clouds"  at Cincinnati Art Galleries. Most of what's going to be in the show will center around my daughter's toy collection, more specifically here Little People Collection. I've found myself drawn to these little guys for their color, expressions, and story telling potential. I've already painted this Superman once in a finished piece with a doughnut and it jumped off the wall as quickly as I put it up for sale. So to kinda get myself back into the swing of things I put Mr Kent here on one of the pickets of our backyard fence so the sunlight hit him nice and strong. So here's the first of what I imagine will be many Little People pieces. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#327 "Complimentary #3"


The last one, for a while at least, in my little series of yellow espresso cup and plum pieces. It's always fun to paint the fruit when its cut because I end up always using memory as much as my eyes because these darn guys change so rapidly when they are on the table. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

#326 Yum Prep Study


Here's another prep study that I did for a larger piece. This one really focused on trying to get that darn icing looking believable. Thhis configuration of blocks made it's way into two other larger finished pieces, and cupcakes have since this study was done become a bit of a staple along with doughnuts. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

#325 "#2 Tea Study"


I sometimes like to do smaller studies for figurative pieces to work out the kinks and potential problems for a piece before getting into the larger finished version. This is just one of those little studies. I wanted to see what my face would look like almost completely cast in shadow from the above lighting, and also what severe horizontal line across the upper third would be like in the composition. I liked the overall feel of the piece and imagine the finished one will have a similar feel, but maybe with a bit more breathing room around the figure. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

#324 Complimentary #2


Another little piece featuring my little yellow espresso cup and this time, a couple plums. I always seems so simple to try and capture the deep rich violet-black color of these plums but then when I start the painting I find myself seeing so much more within those simple colors and therefore spending so much more time trying to translate them onto the panel.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

#323 Honey Bear Hot Tub


I gotta give credit where credit is due..... my wife came up with the title for this one. Our house is never without honey and usually it comes in one of these guys. I've painted a couple of these over the past years and have always loved the brilliant colors and contrasts that happen when natural light hits one of these little bears. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

#322 Rose Trio


A small little grouping from my neighbors rose bush. I've been picking blooms from that wild rose bush and putting them into paintings for years now. One day when we move away I'm gonna have to make trips back in the summer just to snag a few for nostalgia's sake.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

#321 Scatter


A small little study of some leftover blueberries and a lime from my smoothie this morning. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

#320 Tropical Fruit


Here's a little sketch I did to get mt head and eyes around painting one of these crazy little flamingos of my daughters. I plan on doing a larger piece where a handful of these little ladies will be featured prominently in front of one of her doll houses. The tentative title is "Tacky". So this is a way for me to work on some of what awaits me as far as drawing and color problems as well as making a small little painting while I am doing it.  

Sunday, August 4, 2013

#319 Reflecting


Small little plum study that I did that featured this nice little green sushi bowl. It's really a bowl for putting dipping sauces in, but I bought it specifically to paint. It has made its way up on to the still life table many times but always gets yanked off because it never feels right with what else is going on. So in this one I made sure it was staying. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

#318 Sprinkles with Pez


I've got another commission that's got some doughnuts flying around in it so I did this small study to get me back into that baked goods space for this upcoming painting.  

Friday, July 26, 2013

#317 Complimentary



I picked this little enameled espresso cup up from a local shop recently and decided to throw it in with one of my little plums I had lying around the kitchen. 

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Monday, May 27, 2013

#316 Bright Clouds Study



I've got a show coming up in Chicago and I'm doing some larger landscapes for it and this guy presented some challenges. I'd actually never painted clouds with this intense almost backlighting, so I wanted to do a small dry run of what I thought it might look like. The paint on this little guy is a bit heavier than I usually use but I kind of just went with it as I started to paint.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#315 "Turnip and Strawberries Sketch"


Turnips are always fun to paint for the wonderful complimentary colors that you find on their skins. The strawberries, well I always love to paint them and the season of the strawberry is just about o us, so I thought I better start warming up. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

#314 Vanilla Bean Cupcake


I've lately been playing around with this method of painting where I lay down a drawing, fix it, wipe a wash of burnt umber over the whole thing, pull out the lights and build the painting from there, leaving the background with the burnt umber wash. I would tell you that I bought this cupcake specifically "for the still life" but we are all lovers of art and lies (other than the ones painted on panels and canvas) do not become us.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#313 A Portrait Mood #1


I get into a figurative mood every once in a while and even more rare is a portrait mood . . . but I find myself in the throws of one now. I like to look at other painters (living and dead) and see what they are and were working on and I came across some old portrait studies by some French painters in the more 'academic' tradition. They had the underpainting showing in the finished pieces and I decided to play around with that idea on this piece and a few that will follow it. Laying in a drawing, brushing over the whole thing with Burnt Umber was, pulling the lights out with turp, and then building on top of this value study leaving the echo of the initial stages in the background. 


Friday, April 12, 2013

#312 "Trio Third Sketch"



Here's the final one of this little series of apples. Unfortunately the color on them is starting to turn a bit and has lost it's luster (in my eyes.) So I thought I throw an old standard into the mix . . . one of my many tiny sketch books and #2 pencils. The lighting from directly above gave the scene a bit of an ominous feel, and turned some ordinary apples into something a bit Hitchcockian (is that a word?)



Thursday, April 11, 2013

#311 "Trio 2"



Here's another in the three multicolor apples series. The small turquoise pot is one I've had in my still life closet for years and never painted. It seemed the right size and added enough contrast that I though it should make its first appearance. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

#310 Trio



A small study of some tasty apples we had in our kitchen. I love the multicolor contrast that the yellows, greens, and reds make on these guys. I'm going to try and paint these guys a few times this week with in a few different setups. 


#309 Just A Bite


When I do these small warm up sketches I like to still keep things relevant to my everyday goings on, this keeps me interested and my eyes fully 'awake' to what I'm looking at. On this particular day I was getting some of my seedlings (we do a bit of vegetable and herb gardening) ready to transplant and I had just bought another few grapefruits for us. The number 2 pencil, well I've been painting those since I can remember painting.  

Thursday, March 28, 2013

#308 "Jump!"


Another small study for a larger piece. The final size of the piece that I planned on doing from this one kept growing as I painted this small study. There was so much I loved about his shot. All too often figures in paintings are stagnant, posed, lifeless. The boy in this is the antithesis of all of those things. Nothing posed about it. As I started the figure was the primary focus but as I kept painting and moving, removing, and adding elements to the piece, color became the focus. At the end of the day as the sun drops the color become more intense and the shadows more pronounced. The boy's back had a glow that just popped and the water seemed to have millions of violets and greens mixed into the blues and oranges. Paintings like this are a splash of cold water on the senses, most specifically the visual one!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

#307 "Hot Sand Cool Water"

I've got a figure show coming up and I needed to start getting some pieces together. My old standby are my self portraits. I love painting them for the historical tradition of the genre, for the challenge of trying to represent oneself accurately and truthfully, and simply for the fact that it's the cheapest model in town. Though I didn't want the entire body of work to be self portraits. . . . that seems a bit self centered (pardon the pun.) So I went back and forth with ideas I had been kicking around and settled on something that I loved to paint. Figurative scenes with the ocean or beach. Maybe it's the long winter, or the desire to get back to South Carolina where my parents live but the pieces I came up with just felt right. This guy is a small sketch for a larger piece that I'll be doing for the show. . . I wanted to really try and capture the intensity of temperature in both the sand and water. As usual the figure is simply an element in the piece rather than the sole focus. 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

#306 Laughing Cow


We've usually got a small wheel of these little Laughing Cow Swiss cheeses in our fridge and there are always apples of varying colors and sizes rolling about. So to break away from toys and flowers I wanted to do something a bit more simple. Don't know if its any simpler than the others but the creamy notes in the cheese along with the foil wrapper made it a fun little challenge. 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#305 Farmhouse Study


A small little study for a potential larger piece of a nice little farmhouse all by it's lonesome. 



Saturday, March 16, 2013

#304 The Orchid Echo


One of the first "real" works that I did and was extremely proud of was a piece called Orchid and Asian Pears. It was 12x24 (if I remember correctly) and was a pastel on sanded paper. A really nice piece that won an award in the Pastel Journals Pastel 100 competition almost a decade back. As much as I loved that piece and painting that orchid, I can think of only one other orchid painting that I have done since. So here's a much smaller and simpler one, but nonetheless one for you "Orchid and Asian Pear" wherever you are. 


Yellow Rose Study

I painted a pink rose study similar to this for a client and decided to try a yellow one to go into a gold frame that has been hanging empty in the studio. So here it is in all its glory . . . (The frame is included in this auction so the shipping will be a tad more to get it safe and sound to whomever wants it.) 


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#303 "Super Fruit"


My daughter is a HUGE fan of Little People toys . . . and so I have become sort of a fan as well, at least for painting subjects. We've got brainy kids, princesses, pilots, animals, aliens, and even super heroes (Wonder Woman and her jet was a Xmas gift that she loved!) So anyhoo . . . . as I started looking at these guys one day as I was picking them up I had one of those moments where the mental spicket opened way up and out came the painting ideas and no pen and paper could be close enough. This little guy and the ones that follow are test fires for me for BIGGER things that I had rolling around in my head that day and now reside in my sketch book.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013