Friday, October 31, 2014

#378 Plum Good

A small little piece reminiscent of a series I did this past year for a local arts organization's fund drive. I liked the look of balancing these slices on top of the piece of fruit that I cut them out from. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#377 "In Brightest Day..."

This is one that has been on the easel for a while. I played it in months ago and put it away when I started to prepare for a show. Every time I opened the flat file there it was winking at me. So I finally got around to finishing it, in honor of my daughter brief infatuation with ring pops.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

#376 Vert Sur Rouge

One of my favorite little bowls to paint because of it's intense color.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

#375 Slice of Morning #1

I've painted grapefruits a handful of times and have always loved the ruby reds that pop out when you  take a slice out of them, plus they are super yummy for breakfasts!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

#374 "Chomp Chomp!"

Sometimes a nice little still life subject is a lunch snack away:)

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

#373 Sour Slice #1

I really like the green on black combination of the Granny Smith paintings so I decided to try some lime pieces. These little guys get use a ton in our house, from fruit salads to tea I love em'.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#372 Fuji Slice #2

Another sliced up apple this time in the process of tipping over.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

#371 Braeburn Peel #6

A small break from slicing into the land of peeling once more. 

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Friday, May 16, 2014

#370 Fuji Slice #1

I've got a few more Granny Smiths in me but I decide to "mix it up" a bit with this little lady. I've painted this variety a bunch of times because the speckled reds and oranges always seem to pop next to the black background. 

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#369 Granny Smith Slice #3

Another sliced up apple piece. This time one that features a bit of a balancing act. Trying to get this little guy to hold still was quite a challenge but rewarding in the end. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

#368 Granny Smith Slice #2

Here's another slice shot from my lunchtime Granny Smith ***see #367***

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#367 Granny Smith Slice #1

I'm starting to get some work ready for my upcoming show in Old Town Chicago, and since I just finished 50 4x4 pieces for a recent local project I thought "What the hell" I'll do a few more. The project had a very tight deadline so I had to paint quick and small.  So in order to get that many paintings out in a little under 6 weeks I would paint a single piece of fruit or vegetable, then cut a slice out of it, tip it, chop it, whatever I could do to alter it and paint it again over and over again. This little granny smith will probably have a few reincarnations in the next couple of days. 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

#366 Luminous

Again another piece that is backdropped by the Atlantic. When the sun is high up in the air the light bounce off the water and creates some wonderful effects. I've always loved painting the figure in this setting because so much of it is doused in this luminous light that makes the highlights pop and the shadows sing. 

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Friday, May 9, 2014

#365 Wet T-Shirt

Another from my recent trip to the Bahamas. I never really liked being in the water with a shirt on but they do make for nice paintings. I've always loved painting figures in the water. The reflections and the figure backlit with the wonderful blues, violets, and greens is always a nice departure from figures painted in a studio setting. 

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Monday, May 5, 2014

#364 Blue Shirt on The Beach

The family just got back from a Disney cruise, and along with some autographs from a handful of princesses and tiny tan, I accumulated a bit of references from one of my favorite subjects to paint . . .  the beach. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

"My Favorite Fleece" May Issue of The Artist's Magazine

This was a demo that I did for the 'test drive' article that is featured in the May issue of The Artist's Magazine. The piece was painted with 5 tubes of Jack Richeson's Shiva paint for reasons that you can find in the article here. Suffice to say it was a challenge but a wonderful learning experience for me on how to make the most out a very limited palette. The article contains step by step shots of this paintings creation as well as some technical ins and outs for you painters out there. I've painted myself dozens of times and I guess from one perspective you could say I must be a bit hung up on myself, but it's more of this is the cheapest model I could find and I don't need to look at him any more than necessary:) Which is why this painting is up for sale. Have a look at the article either in print or on The Artists Network website, and please let me know if my writing was close to understandable!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

#363 Just A Slice

A little plum study that is very similar to a series of pieces that I am painting for a project set up by a local art organization. A CSA (Community Supported Arts) program in which shares can be bought by individuals that get you a basket, similar to farm CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture), but instead of fruits and veggies, you get small pieces of art. 50 total shares are available, 9 artists, 50 pieces of art from each artist to make the 50 baskets. So since I'm neck deep in 4x4 studies I thought I'd paint some extras and put them on DPW. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#362 "The Evil I"

I picked this little fella at a local store unwanted and on clearance, which I find to be the best place to acquire things of interest to paint. Figuring out how to paint him was a bit of a challenge but whilst cleaning up a few other still life setups with blocks in them the 'I' hopped out of my hand onto the table and asked me to find him a dance partner. So here it is, in all it's evilness:)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#361 "Jacks"

A little tighter piece that I decide to do. I've had these jacks for a while and have wanted to put them into a piece but just never got around to it. This little guy is kinda a 'warm up' of sorts for a more complex piece that I've got planned. I wanted to play around with how the light hit the jacks and see what I wanted to keep and eliminate. This is what I came up with, and I'm pretty pleased with it. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#360 "Braeburn Peel #5

I've just about worn these apples out. A few more might be on the horizon but I'm starting to see them in my sleep. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#359 Braeburn Peel #4

Another open air Braeburn apple under the bright lights of a cloudless sky.

Spring Cleaning #2 "Something's Missing"

Another piece that I've held onto for a little while now and needs to find a good home. This guy was painted roughly around the time that I ventured back into oil painting after a long hiatus and reflects the style and subject matter of what I was painting at time. Lots of tacked and taped things on walls sprinkled with some stupid humor. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

#358 Braeburn Peel #3

We've had few sunny days of late so I thought I'd take advantage of this one by giving this little apple some fresh air underneath a wide open sky. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning #1 "A King, A President, An Artist"

I'm gonna post a few pieces that have been hanging around the studio for a bit that need to find good homes. This one is the a pastel that I did quite a while ago, and is very reminiscent of the style and feel of work that I was doing then. Almost everything I painted was taped, glued or tacked to a wall in unusual arrangements. As well, I worked exclusively in pastel, and is one of only three pastels that I have left from the bygone era. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

#357 Queen of The Kiwi

This is little lady I started before I got on the Braeburn apple kick. I've painted dozens of pieces with playing cards featured in them but I recently saw a painting somewhere that had a torn paying card in in and I wanted to try to incorporate one in a piece and well to be perfectly honest, kiwis where 2/$1.00 at the store so I said what the hell!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#356 Braeburn Peel #2

Another little apple piece in this Braeburn series. This one was a bit more fun messing around with the lost edges of the apple as they worked into the background color. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

#355 Braeburn Peel #1

We go through apples fairly quickly in our house so I bought a nice sized bag of some smallish Braeburns. If a few went missing and ended up on the still life table I don't think any tears would be shed. The wonderful stripping pattern of these apples have always been wonderful to paint.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

#354 A Kings Card Trick

I was rifling through my still life closet recently and came across my little repository of playing cards which happens to be an old tattered box. There was a time that almost every other piece I painted in pastel or oil had one of these little guys in it. So I thought I'd give a couple of them a bit of fresh air and light. As I've stated in past posts, the fun of these little paintings is sometimes in challenge of the setting up of them and getting them to stay a still life, rather than a "roll off the table and bruise the hell out an apple life."

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#353 "Just SUPR"

Another of my little box pieces. . . this one featuring the man of molded plastic standing atop one of my favorite things to paint, alpha blocks. Each one of these little blocks has developed a personality of it's own over the past year or two of me painting them. The get dropped, knocked, taped, glued, etc... in service to the greater silliness that is my art. Every time I paint them I find something new about them that I like. I used to put them into pieces to compliment another object, but now I find that I search for objects to compliment them. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

#352 $.80 Lemon

I've always loved painting money not matter what the currency. I've painted American dollar bills and coins as well as some foreign currencies as well (some of the Asian countries' bills are works of art by themselves.) Coins are fun to work with because so much of it is what you leave out rather than what you put in. The idea is to give the viewer just enough to let them fill in the missing pieces. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

#351 Turp

Sometimes finding still life subjects can be hard for me, and the usual answer that I come up with to get me out of whatever funk I'm in, is to paint something that's already in the studio. This little guy, in a former life, was a bottle of vanilla extract. When all of the vanilla'y' goodness was used up it was reborn as my turp holder. I buy the giant gallon size containers of it and needless to say they don't fit on my easel tray so this little guy is a nice in between holder for me when I need to loosen up some paint on the palette. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tasty Good #11 "Dioxazine Oranges"

A small warm up study of oranges using a very special color on my palette. A long time ago in college illustration class far far away . . .  I had a brilliant teacher who worked as a professional illustrator in the 60's, 70's & 80's. He was a wealth of knowledge that was wasted on me at the time, being a 19 year old snot nosed college student BUT his insights did stick with me and years later I put many of them to use in my work today. One of them was the use of Dioxazine Purple or what is more commonly know as Winsor Violet. The technique he taught was to lay a drawing down on board, fix it, cover the entire piece with a wash of D.P. (sometimes neutralized with a tiny bit of Permanent Green Light), wipe out the light areas with a turp loaded rag and build on top of this wash with transparent washes usually leaving a bit of it showing through to tie the piece together. A more contemporary Venetian method. Though this piece is not indicative of the finished illustrations that Mr. Cox was having us shoot for, it is though in the spirit of his teachings. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#349 Stick and Stones

A little trip down memory lane with this one, at least as far as the type of painting it is. A few years back I painted a handful of these little 'box' paintings. It was always a nice little challenge to see what I could cram into these little guys to make something interesting. It's almost as much fun trying to get these setup as it is painting them.

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#348 Cherries Jubilee Rehash

This is a rehash of an older piece that I did that I thought needed some updating. I've only done a few pieces with flames in them but this one hung for a while without the lighter being lit and it just seemed to want to be struck. So here it is in all it's lit Glory:)

347 iPhone Reflecting

Now that Christmas is over one can find any number of deals on Christmas related bobbles to fill three still life closets. Among other things I found a sleave of cheap ornaments that reflected light, me, and my iphone quite nicely.

#346 Holiday Reflections

Another one of my clearance shelf ornament pieces. I wanted to get around to using this Santa pez dispenser before Christmas but it just wasn't meant to be. All the wonderful darks in this ornament countered by the intense greens made this guy a lot of fun to paint.