Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chinese Girl - NFS

"Chinese Girl", 24 x 18 In, Oil on Museum Board
This is an older painting done in 2009 and I think it must have been done from a photo from my trip to China, but I don't remember. It is interesting comparing the old with the new--I often use more paint now, but the brushwork that I like is apparent. I always think I will remember everything, but so many things are forgotten. I am sometimes just lucky there is an actual memory right there on the canvas.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Young Woman

"Young Woman", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

For me the portrait is the most difficult in terms of the obsession of the mind that seeks perfection. The compulsion to get a likeness takes over and the process becomes one of fixing and re-fixing--not a happy place to be. In this portrait, I just quit after basically the first take and despite those thoughts trying to hammer me about this and that in the painting, I'm very happy to just leave it. My goal is to actually think differently about it--get out of that old moldy thought process. Make it as unfinished as it wants to be.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Still Life with Oranges

"Still Life with Oranges", 12 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm always glad to get back to the still life. It is no less a challenge than a portrait, but I can more easily dismiss the battle with the mind and its seemingly incurable determination to exactly capture the proportions of every nuance of the model. You can basically do what you want with flowers and oranges and vases.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Grand Canyon Rapids

"Grand Canyon Rapids", 6 x 6 In, Oil on Museum Board

This was one of the paintings that went to one of the 6 x 6 In shows over the holidays.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Woman in Blue

"Woman in Blue", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

Recently at a demo of a well-known artist, I took photos of my fellow artists, who were watching intently. I hope they now do not mind if I publish the paintings that I did of them. The expressions were unique and beautiful

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Portrait in High Key

"Portrait in High Key", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This painting was an experiment in high key. Its a little straight on and I think it looks better in the photo than in actuality, but they are all experiments, right? Sometimes that is all I can ask of myself--to paint and put it in the box and go on to the next one.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chinese Girl

"Chinese Girl", 12 x 9 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm still experimenting with portraits and I feel like I'm on the open road--not sure where I'm going!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015


"Dana", 14 x 11 In, Oil on Museum Board

I painted this portrait in early December and then couldn't find it. I finally found it today!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Yellow Dress

"Yellow Dress", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

My experiment with a limited palette is over, at least for now. A limited palette is good for a value painting and its interesting to see how far one can go with it. But I'm not sure I want or need to return to the days when all the wonderful colors we have today were not available. This painting uses a full range of color and it was so much more enjoyable to paint and its much more in the direction I want to go.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Man Watching

"Man Watching", 12 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board

This is another experiment with limited palette and if I remember correctly, it was blue, orange, black and white. Doing this type of exercise is interesting, but the paintings are more value sketches than color sketches.