Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A change of pace

I needed a change of pace for a bit from land and sky work. My roots are in classic still life painting, and every now and then I just need to dive back into that pool. Simple subjects, pears, but when you really dig into them you begin to see all of these beautiful nuances of colour you realize how real beauty is in the most simple things. I've begun a another that I'll post tomorrow.

This is being offered directly from me, unframed. If you're interested in purchasing it, please contact me via e-mail.

Title: Content
Size: 5 x 8
Medium: Oil on Panel
Price: $150

Friday, November 11, 2011

As The Night Begins

A variation on the theme of moonlight on water.

This painting is being offered through Artists' Gallery, now through December 04th.

Title: As The Night Begins
Size: 6 x 11
Medium: Oil on Panel



The fascination with the sky, it's movement, light and abstraction continues. Many of my students don't believe me when I advise them that one of the best ways to get a realist painting is to approach it abstractly - when we can do that, (it's not that easy) we let go of our "symbol system" and preconceived notions about what we think something looks like and are able to get closer to the real truth of the thing. If we are lucky and get into that state of mind, there's also the strong chance that we can "double dip" into the experience and pull out the emotional qualities of the subject we are studying.

This painting is being offered through Artists' Gallery, now through December 04

Title: Quietude
Size: 9 x 9
Medium: Oil on Panel

Agg, lousy photo of this painting - I really need to get a new camera. I was going to re-photograph it today but it sold in the gallery this weekend! Thank you!

Sunrise at National Elk Refuge, Wyoming

Just outside of Jackson Hole Wyoming is the National Elk Refuge. When you are leaving Jackson Hole to get to the airport, you pass the National Elk Refuge.

As we were driving to the airport very, very early to catch our flight back to Philadelphia, we witnesses a most incredible sunrise. We stopped the car, breathed in the amazing light and mist of the morning and reluctantly, got back in the car to catch our flight. I will never forget the magical, nearly sacred feeling of that morning.

This painting is being offered through Artists' Gallery, now through December 04

Title: Sunrise at National Elk Refuge, Wyoming
Size: 10 x 16
Medium: Oil on Panel


Approaching Rain and Cobalt Blue

Martha's Vineyard has always been a special place for me. One of the most striking things is as that the weather changes, it is so immediate, so "in your face", especially when you are on the beach.

I was going though some old reference photographs I had vividly remembered one day when the weather changed on a dime, the deep blue of the sky was being overpowered by oncoming rainclouds. This painting is about that immediate, nearly overpowering feeling that I experienced as the clouds came in over the bay.

This painting will be offered through Artists' Gallery now through December 04th.

Title: Approaching Rain and Cobalt Blue
Size: 18 x 18
Medium: Oil on Linen

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Galaxy 2011 / NOVA Art Show and Sale

The Galaxy 2011 / NOVA Art show and sale is something I've participated in for 4 years now. An invitational show, 70 regional artists are brought together for 4 days at the Bucks County Courthouse for the event.

It's for a great cause - NOVA (Network of Victims Assistance) an organization dedicated to helping those who are victims of violent crimes including physical and sexual abuse. 40% of the proceeds of the sales of these paintings goes to NOVA to run their programs as they charge nothing to the individuals they help. It is one of the few non-profits that I will either donate or sell my work for - they run a great organization and hold a well juried, top notch show.

So if you are in the area this weekend, the show opens Thursday, November 03 and runs through Sunday, November 06, you may want to swing by and see some really great work by local artists and artisans.

Title: End of the Day
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 22 x 28