Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fields of Blue (favorite vase)

 

pastel on pastel card 11.5" x 20"

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Standing Peppers

pastel on pastel card 10" x 8" 
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I've been hosting a "Paint Your Veggies" group on Sunday afternoons, and this past Sunday the subject was peppers. Our group has fun together, and we inspire each other. 
 


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Peace Valley, January Afternoon

pastel on pastel card 12.5" x 11.5"
I'm still finding my way with pastels. Heck, all art-making is finding your way. Usually the vision in my mind at the start stays maddeningly difficult to capture, but sometimes a week after giving up, I find that I might have something after all. Something different that snuck in through a back door that isn't all bad. 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Eventide

pastel on pastelbord 6"x9"


Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky! Goodbye 2020! 

It's wonderful to work on a scene quickly, limiting myself to 1-2 days, before my strong feelings for the subject have a chance to die down. 

Still entranced with pastels, I'm finding they are sweetly agreeable when tackling the soft subject of clouds. Photo credit goes to Roger Brown, a lifetime good friend. 



Sunday, December 27, 2020

Turban Squash


pastel on pastel card 14"x17.5"
 

I'm continuing to try and teach myself pastels. My likes and frustrations are probably the same as other artists who struggle with the medium after being comfortable with using oils. I'm entranced by the texture, and the way areas can be left showing either lots of pastel strokes or else easily blended softness. I'm frustrated at not always having the exact colors I need (I have a somewhat small supply), as sometimes only a pure color is what is needed. 

This drawing took me two weeks, and is larger than I normally work. An oil this size would have taken me at least a month. So that's a plus. A minus is the way the dark colors of the background would rain down on the squash whenever I worked back there. And that I can't spray it!! I did purchase some expensive fixitive made specially for pastels and tried it on something else- it darkens and dulls the colors just like any other fixitive. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Half a Shell

pastel on pastelbord 9.5" x 19"

An instructor of mine from my days at PAFA (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) thought that the practice of cropping a subject is a detriment to the world of painting. He would say that it broke the illusion of a "poetic" dimensional space by bringing too much attention to the edges. Since then I've become a fan of cropping intentionally. I like the tension it can create, and the element of surprise. 





Saturday, October 24, 2020

Turnips on a Box

 

oil on paper mounted on board 6"x 7"

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6"

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Delaware Canal Towpath

oil on linen mounted on board 6" x 8"

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Quiet Los Angeles

oil on paper mounted on board 6.75" x 9"

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

John Robert Lewis

 

oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6"

Saturday, June 27, 2020

White Leghorn

oil on linen panel 12" x 6"


So much depends upon the beauty of the ordinary.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Eyes Shut, Mouth Open

oil on board 8"x 6"

A few years ago a friend told me that if I painted "any more zoo animals" he would grab my paintbrushes from me (I had just painted a rhinoceros). Which I think was silly.

Anyhow, who wouldn't want to paint a monkey? Especially one with such great color, and with an expression that holds great significance in the charged atmosphere of late? 

Photo credit goes to Steve Evans. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

I Can't Breathe

oil on board 7" x 8"
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Here is you-know-who headed to Lafayette Square right after it had been cleared of protesters, briefly seen in front of a wall of graffiti.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Jack at Five Months

oil on linen mounted on board 8"x6"

My grandson Jack! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sour Cherries

oil on canvas mounted on board 5"x 7"
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I've never painted cherries before, and although it seemed very hard at first to paint them as looking obviously like cherries, I discovered that it's all in the reflection and highlights, plus of course the selectively saturated reds. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Grand Canyon

oil on paper mounted on board 6 5/8" x 10"

Still traveling in my mind, I painted from a photo of the Grand Canyon that I found on a Wikipedia page. I love trying to capture great distances in a painting. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Belgian Lighthouse

oil on paper mounted on board 7" x 7"

Since it's near impossible to do much traveling right now, I'm enjoying finding photos of some faraway places and turning them into paintings. 

This photo is from Facebook's "Artist Reference Photos", a free resource for artists.  

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Oregon Coast

oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6"
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It's time to loosen up, after two months of working slowly and trying to put down everything I see. I painted this study in one five-hour shot and will continue this method until I feel like slowing down again. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Fruit Machine

oil on linen panel 10" x 10"

The still life allows me to slow way down, and so does Pennsylvania's Shelter-in-Place mandate. 
I love painting slowly, sometimes even setting up a peephole viewer to get the colors just right, and work in little sections at a time.