Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Couple of Apples 5 x 10 Oil on Panel

This little Korean Tea cup has been a little friend of mine since I first started to paint back in 1998. My father in law was stationed in Korea in the 50's and, if I have my story straight, purchased it while there.  If you've followed me long enough (I tend to remove paintings from the internet after 3 or more years) you may have seen the teapot from this set show up in quite a few paintings as well.  Old friends I enjoy painting. Recently sold this painting via a friend sharing one of my Facebook posts on his feed.  Different world from when I first started doing this but a fun way to have someone find out about my work.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dried Flowers 10 x 5 Oil on Panel

I got stuck in the studio last week due to various family care issues and lack of planning on my part.  Even though the weather was fantastic I was stuck inside with very little painting time.  It doesn't always go the way you want it to, but often a forced change of routine allows the brain to come up with creative solutions.  This little painting was a surprise.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fall Tree's

We have had no rain in Tuscaloosa for over 8 weeks. Bad for the plants, great for keeping the extreme color contrast of blue and orange in check.  I certainly enjoy the bright colors of fall, but the dull colors this fall, in my opinion, make better paintings. Here is my shot at if from last week.

The magic painting hat at work.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Not even really sure why I painted the Buoys.  Their red, which is always fun and the light was interesting, but it wasn't exactly the type of painting I expect people to respond to.  The best part or the experience was my middle daughter drawing with me while I painted.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Black Warrior River Color Studies

I really hope there are some artist who read this blog.  I am a painter with life circumstances that make my free time almost non-existent.  So when I do have time, I paint.  This leaves me very little time to dialogue about painting which I've always found valuable. So I may be talking to cyber-space, but this post has artists in mind.

When painting on location I am trying to keep my values between a dark mid-tone and white. Obviously, this isn't about a finished painting, it's about learning. Specifically, learning how to make contrast changes with color rather than dramatic value.  It would be easy if the world were full of bright color changes but the reality is that the world is full of grayed down color. You might not believe that at first. You can see just how grey it is by taking a small strip of cardboard or paper and painting your purest primary colors in stripes along the strip.  Take the strip outside and place it in the same light thats falling on your landscape.....grey, gray, grey!

The studies below are all either 6x10 or 6x8.  Each was done in about an hours time.