Monday, September 29, 2008

Another in the coffee series: Coffee/Comix

"Coffee/Comix" 10"x10" oil, as always. SOLD
An aspiring comic strip artist bought this. How fitting!
I have a few more of these in mind...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Painting for the day: Coffee/Crossword

"Coffee/Crossword" 10"x10" SOLD

Boy could I use a cup this morning. Up too late working for a client's deadline. Excuse me while I go and try to master the coffee pot... (see ya later, percolater...!)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Painting for the day: Golden Wings

"Golden Wings Deux"
Based on a simple five petal rose in our garden. I've painted a few so far in a series of these.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Painting for the day: Basket of Lemons

"Basket of Lemons"
Oil, 24" x 24" SOLD
from an Italian market in Rio Maggiore, Cinque Terre
A few years ago, I asked my mom to pick anywhere in the world to go on a trip, and she picked Italy. We went for three weeks in late October, and it was lovely (if chilly). I ending up mostly taking pictures of artfully arranged fruit in the outdoor markets, unusual signs, and Italian graffitti. I'm still painting from the images. Because it was overcast most of the time, the paintings have a different kind of light to them, more diffuse than what I normally look for, with less shadow pattern to hold them together. Still, I think they have a nice feel. I must not be the only one; this painting sold this week. I also heard that another couple returned to buy the painting only to learn it had sold.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

So what have you been working on lately...? : Heritage

Okay, total confession here. This painting took over 8 years to complete, possibly 10 (I've lost track of when it was started). Not 8-10 years of continuous painting, mind you, just that long passed from inception to completion.

I like to get most canvases done in a matter of weeks, at the most, but this one got started just before a very tumultous time, and subsequent multiple upheavals, moves, etc. Just the life in general thing. It even survived a flood, in just its first-wash state. I had always been attracted to the idea and the composition, though, (I loved those little yellow pear tomatoes that I grew in my own tiny raised bed garden back at the old place) and I had spent good hours making a very detailed underpainting.

Over all those years, I kept it in a back room, pulling it out now and then, trying to find the guts to complete this painting it or throw it out. At some point recently (with a show looming) I decided it was time to finish this for once and all. It took a couple weeks, maybe three, of pretty concentrated effort. So; Ta, da, here 'tis..

"Heritage" 20" x 32"

Monday, September 1, 2008

Painting for the day: Golden Triad

Golden Triad, 48" x 24" SOLD

This image is from a rose in our garden aptly named Golden Wings. I'm working on another version of this flower, hoping to have it complete this week. Also a couple of orchid paintings.....stayed tuned.