Sunday, July 18, 2010

July 11-17 in Paint

Maya at the Park Oil 11X14 NFS
Last week my family took the opportunity to visit a well loved county park in the area and we all enjoyed the dappled shade and sand hills at the outskirts of the park. This is Maya from one of the photos I took while there. It captures her joy of nature. From the time she was small, our large backyard was her domain and we are happy to see that has not changed.

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I have always enjoyed finding the "cast aside" items and making something beautiful of them. Old trucks and cars are great for this and I just loved how the rust played against the brighter blues of this old truck, and how the flat tires just made it feel restful.

Puebla Oil 8X10 *SOLD*
I can't remember where I got this photo.....I only have thousands thanks to the digital age! It could be a wet canvas reference, and it could be one Mike took when he went on a trip to Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado a few years ago. I thought the intense blues and oranges played so well off each other and I pumped up the intensity even more.

Ribbons and Lace Oil 8X10
Mike snapped this photo at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival held December 12th here at the Plant City Stadium each year. She was preparing for her turn with a group of children performing folkloric dance for the crowd. These children work for months perfecting their steps and timing and do a fantastic job. It was nice to catch her in a quiet moment.

Fields of Gold Oil 8X10 *SOLD*
Sunday afternoon several of the co-op artists met at the gallery for some fellowship and painting. Working within a group on various subjects and media is something we find inspiring and pleasant. Since we all work different schedules, it is nice to get together and enjoy each other's companionship, techniques and inspirations.

It's all in the Attitude! Oil 11x23

I started this painting on Ustream: but finished it up at The ART Lounge Gallery on Friday while I was there....gotta paint when I can, and the gallery day affords me the opportunity to paint in full view of the public, right in our front window. I worked on this one because it has eye-catching color and it is a little larger than some of the pieces I paint there.

Gossip Girls Oil 11X11

This amusing swan group is a study for a larger painting that I plan to do soon. I wanted to work out the placement, values and color choices before beginning the 38X38 piece. Gossip Girls stands alone as a finished painting, but the smaller scale allowed me more freedom to play with light and shadows as well.

It has been a crazy week! With the Student Scholarship Workshop on Monday, class on Tuesday, Private lesson on Wednesday and Friday, Gallery Hosting on Friday, Classic Car Show on Saturday......I think I need a nap! Still, I managed to record demonstrations for four new paintings, and completed three more......all this week!
Whew! Another week down! Then it begins again..........ain't life GRAND!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

July 4-10 in Paint

Summer Series "Shell" Oil 4X4
This is a fun time for being alive... family,Summer sun, good friends and paint! I couldn't even try to get away from painting if I tried... I have one more little shell painting for the Summer Series for The ART Lounge Gallery, and I have completed four others.

"Jennifer" Oil 16X20
Jennifer is my niece who lives in Georgia, and I begged her to let me paint her Facebook profile picture. She is such a beautiful young woman and the pose was striking. I painted this online as a demonstration on ustream: If you go to the site and scroll through the archived video's there, you can view the sessions. Painting on Ustream is pretty new to me and I am still trying to work out the kinks of the camera functions and placement, and I am enjoying it. The difficult part is to speak as if someone was watching the demonstration, whether they are or not!

"Prayerful" Oil 11X14 *SOLD*
I wanted to try a different technique with my painting of the Dalai Lama, called "Prayerful". In it, I used a mottled foil leafing to enhance this painting. Gold leaf, although beautiful, would not have had the same effect which I wanted to achieve, which was of an indistinct patina on the disc behind the monk. The little wisp of smoke from an incense burner was an afterthought, and was devised to break up the empty space to the left. I was happy with the loose painting technique and the atmosphere, combined with the gilding.

"Meditating" Oil 12X16

I have worked on a few pieces lately with the spa, yoga, zen thing in mind. One of the pieces is a yoga pose, borrowed from a friend. It had an interesting negative space, and I really played up the light and color factors, so, although it has a serenity to it, it is still very vibrant and energetic.

"Family Reunion" Oil 8X10

"ART After Dark" at The ART Lounge Gallery is tonight and every second Saturday. If you are in the area, join us for wine and light refreshments and view the newest artwork on the walls of the gallery. We are located at 119 E. Reynolds Street in Plant City, Fl. and the open house reception is held from 6-10pm. I have hung 20 new paintings this month! Come by and have a look!

"Artichoke" Oil 8X10

Next week I will begin the Student Scholarship Workshop at the gallery, instructing 4 area high school students in a four week class on oil painting. I am very excited to be teaching this class, and look forward to meeting these young artists and offering them instruction and encouragement on their future careers... Exciting!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Series

Pre-gallery release of new artwork; see them here first! The new Summer Series begins with these three small paintings. There will be more to come in this series, and I will post them as I get them completed. Each is 4"x4" oil on gessoed panels.....perfect little gems to bring a piece of that summer beach vacation home to enjoy for years to come. They are nicely framed in 1 1/4" profile coppertoned frames and sell for $50.00 each plus shipping. I will have these on exhibit for the months of July and August at The ART Lounge Gallery, if they are not sold first. Email me for further information or to purchase or commission a painting.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Beach Series

Summertime is in full swing here in central Florida.  The air is turning humid, but there is a nice gentle breeze always seemingly stirring around our patio, so the afternoons are really pleasant.
Thoughts of summer, the beach, and simple treasures have become the focus of my Beach Series.  With the eminent danger to which our beautiful beaches are being exposed, it seems almost necessary to preserve in paint, some of the bounty of beautiful related subjects.  These four paintings are oil on masonite panels, 5"X5".  Abalone and Blue Shell are framed in black, Conch and Starfish are framed in brown, all with 2" profile.  They will be on exhibit at The ART Lounge Gallery for the months of July and August, with more to follow...
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