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