Friday, August 28, 2009

Pig Paintings

Two of the paintings from my One Hundred Paintings/One Hundred Days Project provided the inspiration for larger works. The Sampson County Arts Council is holding a art show entitled "Show Your Swine." I expanded on two of the 4 x 6 paintings to create a couple of 8 x 10's. I know it doesn't sound like it's any bigger but they are over three times the size.

These two are hanging at the show. A note about Sampson County and pigs. The Arts Council 2010 calendar will be exclusively filled with images from this show. They like pigs in Sampson County. A wonderful reception this evening with with a piano player, wine, pigs in a blanket, pork tenderloin and barbeque and a rather large turnout.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to the Beach ( Haven )

I was up in New Jersey, visiting at the shore, when I ran across this painting in one of my collectors homes. I realized that it had gotten away without being photographed.

The painting, which is 9 x 12 oil on canvas, was painted in Beach Haven NJ. from a park which is a block off the ocean. What's so special about a water tower? If you look around you probably notice that water towers all seem to be a light blue, green pale sort of color. When the time came for this tower to be painted, those were the plans for it. But a hue and cry was raised. It seems that the orange tower has been used for years as an aid to navigation by boatmen and mariners. The orange color stands out against the blue sky and its uniqueness lets navigators know that they are off of Beach Haven.

You can see more seascapes at my website

And a number of paintings for sale at my ebay store

Come to think about it, one of my first, "take the easel and oil paints outside" plein air paintings was done a couple of block from here when I was still in high school.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Saratoga Paintings

Here are some paintings of the Saratoga Race Track. These paintings are currently being exhibited (and joffered for sale) at the Beresford Gallery on Union St. in Saratoga Springs, NY.

I am not a morning person, but getting up a dawn to head over to the race track and watch whats going on is worth it.

8 x 10 Oil on canvas

8 x 10 Oil on Canvas

You can also find some small paintings at my One Hundred Paintings Project blog:

Bringing the Mountain Home

Between shows and the One Hundred Paintings Project, I have been away too long from this blog. We returned from Blowing Rock last week after two weeks of painting and showing. The horse show paintings are on my website:

After the shows were over for the day, we would walk about 1/4 mile down the road to a small stone wall with a view of the John's River Gorge. After numerous trips of sitting and watching the sunlight and shadows and clouds move across the mountains and taken lots of photos that looked like nothing when you got home, I finally carried my easel and canvas down and set up on the wall to try and capture the view. I intended to take a small canvas to capture the light and color as it moved across the mountains. I found that I only had a 12 x 36 canvas prepped and ready to go. So it was to be a larger painting. I put them in the Honda Fit and drove down. There are no parking places at the wall so the honda "fit" just fine in what space was available. I began painting, at first getting the shapes of the mountains. Its amazing how much the camera flattens the scene when compared to what you view with your eyes. I painted until the sun was almost beginning to set. One hand holding the canvas and easel and the other shading my eyes from the lowering sun. Or maybe one hand holding the brush and the other jumping between the canvas and my eyes. A second trip would be nessecary.

The next two evenings it rained. Or was it three evenings. Time was running out. Sunday was the last day of the show and it started out foggy and raining. It cleared up by the afternoon. And the evening was looking promising. Theresa had already left with the dogs in the Honda leaving me with the big van so driving was out of the question. I left our display set up and carried the easel and canvas down to the wall. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and I was able to paint long enough to get it on the canvas.

Thinking about it now, it was almost like painting a seascape with the ocean in slow motion. Rather than waves constantly changing, the mountains would be in sun one minute and in a shadow the next. Ridges and hollows would be there but when I looked back up from the painting, the would be lost.

Later, back at the studio, a little touch here and there and after twp years of visiting the site, I finally finished my first painting of the John's River Gorge. I envision spending a week or a month painting that location. Taking numerous canvases and changing them as the day progessed and the weather changed.

John's River Gorge
Oil on Canvas 12 x 36

John's River Gorge is available for purchase. I have a 3" gold leaf "plein air style" frame for it. Painting and frame are $1850., unframed $1650.


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