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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