Friday, July 31, 2009

Evening Haze


I tried to keep a limited value range with this one, to try and get that last light feeling.

30" x 24", oil on stretched linen

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Oncoming Storm

...or, Orchard in Peril ;)

Here's today's painting. 24" x 30", oil on canvas. Thanks for looking. Adding a couple of detail pics.




Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Garden of the Gods - 9 x 12 study


This is a small, quick study I did as a possible prelude to a larger piece.

9" x 12", oil on linen

Monday, July 20, 2009

Joyce's Yard


Here's Joe and Joyce Guffey's backyard. Well, part of it. They are kind enough to let the family invade their space 2 or 3 times a year. How brave.

16" x 24", oil on linen

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dr. Gachet's Lemon Tree

I went in search of Van Gogh. Traveling, through Google Street View, the roads and neighborhoods he walked and painted. I came upon this small street in Auvers, France, with old houses, gateways and staircases; named Rue Dr. Gachet. Not far from it is the Rue Van Gogh. I have no idea if the good doctor actually lived on this short street, or if maybe Van Gogh had walked these steps. But in my mind he was there, trying to talk the doctor into sitting for him.

This painting felt so good. From the simple toning of the canvas, to the initial sketch and lay in of colors. You know, the feeling of excitement with each brushstroke. And not a feeling of creating something good, but just a feeling of creating.

Thanks for looking and listening to the short ramble.

24" x 30", o/c




Friday, July 17, 2009

Boat at Saint Malo


A Street View painting done tonight. I'm including the screenshot and the painting to show how much I changed (for better or worse) the comp, colors, values, etc. This was an exercise; in futility? I'll wait a day or so to make that decision. I must admit I had lots of fun with the thick paint.

9"x 12", oil on linen



Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kentucky Farmhouse




Did this one with a reference on the house and field from Street View, around Dubre, Kentucky. Been looking at a lot of Schmid lately, which influenced this one.

16" x 21", oil on linen

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lakeside

Here's today's effort. Did this one from a plein air study and a photograph of the scene, from Dale Hollow Lake a few weeks back. The PA was horrible. Including a pic of me painting the PA.

24" x 30", oil on canvas


Thursday, July 9, 2009

PBS Interview

Had a fun and interesting day today. I was interviewed by the local PBS Station (WKYU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The interview was held at Gallery at 916, which is currently home to many of my paintings.

I was told before the interview that they wanted a few "working" shots. Me applying paint for some close up shots. Turned out I did a small painting, which I wasn't prepared for, during the shoot (about 30 to 45 minutes). I stinkified it up!

Hoping they edit most of that part out, as I was pretty comfortable during the interview section. It was mostly about my use of Google Street View as reference to create my Street View State Series and other paintings, and the melding of technology and fine art.

The spot should run in a couple of weeks.

By the way, the paintings on the wall aren't mine. Mine were behind me during the interview though.


Above is the finished piece. I worked on it for about 5 minutes tonight. Just couldn't leave it as it was. Still not satisfied, but happier all the same.








Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stonington






Here's my latest with some detail shots. This is a big one.

24" x 48", oil on mounted linen

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Barcelona Villa

Here's my latest effort. I'm including a couple of shots as the painting was in progress, and a detail shot of the villa itself. The initial sketch was about 30 minutes. Then a 30 minute lunch break update, along with 30 minutes after work before going to a friend's house for supper. Finishing with a 2 hour session to end it.

24" x 30", oil on gallery wrapped canvas