Friday, September 27, 2019

Late Afternoon Light, Late September

oil on paper mounted on board 6"x6"

A painting I just finished- painting in a mad frenzy so I can get to my evening job. Painting quickly has its benefits. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Arch Street Deli

oil on paper mounted on board 10" x 8"

Here is Perkasie's Arch Street Deli, where men gather out front in good weather and shoot the breeze for hours.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Twin House with Trees, Rooftop View

oil on board 7"x 5"

When I'm painting up on the roof, and the sun comes out, there are so many beautiful scenes that I think I'll never live long enough to capture them all. When the sun goes behind clouds all the magic is gone. Painting landscape, for me at least, leaves me entirely at the mercy of the skies. Today I started something, the sun disappeared and I sat waiting and waiting, then went downstairs to do the dishes, wash my hair, answer emails. A couple hours later the sun returned and I scrambled up the ladder to begin another. It's pretty handy to have my outdoor studio right above me, but I feel like nature is in charge, not me!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Suspended Radishes

oil on board 7"x 5"

I had only a four-hour window to work on this radish bunch, then when I returned to them the next day they had moved mercilessly out of position. Frustrated, I worked on this from memory today.

Lately nothing holds my focus unless it's a subject that I have to grab quickly before it changes or vanishes. Landscapes, still lives of fresh vegetables or fruits, or life drawings- all are of living things and seem so much more interesting to me than inanimate objects.

Here is a figure drawing from Sunday: