Thursday, December 20, 2012
December has been kind of busy, but I finally got back to portrait painting the other night. I'll be teaching my limited color portrait class in March at both the Portsmouth Art Guild and the
South County Art Association. Both sides of the bay, take your pick!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
I'm willing to let them go now, they'd make a nice decoration for your favorite child's room.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Once in a great while, we meet friends at a bar in Providence and actually stay long enough to see the band come on. This painting is not so much about the musicians as it is about the split complementary color scheme (yellow/orange/purple), and the way the light travels across and around.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I like watching videos of painters whose work I admire, and recently I found this Passport and Palette series which was created a few years ago for PBS. Kevin Macpherson, Joe Anna Arnett, Kenn Backhaus and James Asher are all plein air painters who are filmed working on several different paintings each.
For $1.99 mo., you can watch all of the episodes as many times as you want. And since there are only four episodes, you can easily watch all of them in one month (and then cancel your subscription). I've watched all four of them and can honestly say I would have paid double or triple the price! I'll probably watch them a few more times before I cancel.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
I did a smaller version of this some time ago, but wanted to revisit it. I've been trying to find that sweet spot where there's enough detail to tell the story but enough looseness in the paint handling to keep the painting fresh.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I met this gentleman at an event not long ago and couldn't resist asking him if I could take his picture, then did this little painting. Who could resist? Kind of like Santa wearing a flag. He's holding a jar of jelly from the church fair. I'm trying to decide if I should do a larger painting of him.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I'm loving my class at the Portsmouth Art Guild, I've got a great group of students. I start each class with a short demo, trying to illustrate the planes of the face and how to use the limited color palette. The model yesterday gave me a great compliment, saying that she's modeled a lot and was really impressed with the work being done by this class and by the amount of attention I lavish on them. I'll be teaching it again in the spring, and we're discussing doing a plein air class with a model next summer. How great would that be! I'd sign up for that, if I wasn't already teaching it...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The RISD Alumni Sale happened recently. Several blocks on the east side of Providence get closed off so people can shop for paintings, jewelry and other good stuff. If it's a sunny day I like to go and take photos, the people watching is always good. I liked the hats on these two ladies, backlit by the sun.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
I was in Maine last week, painting on the coast. This is at a beautiful beach called Birch Point State Park, near Rockland. It was a gorgeous sunny day with a 10% chance of rain. Then this storm rolled in and suddenly it was raining. An hour later, the sun was shining.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
From the same morning at the beach.
Tonight (Wednesday 9/19) is the Providence Rotary Club's Paint Off! $45.00 at the door, 8 artists painting for 2 hours, all for charity. At the Providence Art Club in Providence RI.
And, my limited color portrait class starts on October 3 at the Portsmouth Art Guild in Portsmouth, RI.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Another painting from Stonington, looking uphill.
I found a great book when I was there, it's called "How Photography Can Make You A Better Painter" by Michael Weymouth. He is a professional photographer, designer and painter. His paintings are quite loose and beautiful, they don't look at all like they were done from photos, and he has some good advice on what to do and not do when using photos for reference. (I paid $30. for it at a touristy shop in Maine but it's $22.80 at Amazon.)
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Tickets are $35.00 in advance, $45.00 at the door.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I just got back from a stay at a lovely old house on the water in Deer Isle, Maine with some other painters. We had fantastic weather, sunny almost every day except for one morning when it rained, and you need an excuse to go shopping anyhow, don't you?
This was the first painting I did there, that cute little skiff providing the perfect accent.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
This is my second one, a pochade box by Open Box M. I bought the lightweight tripod from a friend who bought a bunch of them off Ebay a long time ago. It cost me $15.00. It has a quick release mount so it sets up in seconds.
The first palette bit the dust so I made another. It's a bit smaller than the original, which fit so snugly that in humid weather I had a hard time getting it out of the box because it would swell. I tape wax paper to the palette before I lay out my paints so it makes clean up a lot easier. Wax paper is somewhat porous, so some paint residue does get through.
Recently I bought a Coulter Plein Air System so that I could paint larger pieces outdoors but have to admit I haven't used it much.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Oil on panel, 8" x 10"I was painting on the bike path one evening and had packed up to go home. I was stopped dead in my tracks by the sight of this house. I looked at it for a few seconds and thought, should I or shouldn't I, because I knew the light would only last a couple of minutes. I decided to go for it, dropped my backpack on the ground, set up my painting gear (love that quick release tripod and pochade box), took a quick photo for reference, and practically threw paint at the panel.
I ended up reworking the house somewhat from the photo, mostly to correct architectural details. I'm pretty happy with it, maybe I'll try a larger version.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
While on Cape Cod for a few days I painted these little cottages at the top of Corn Hill (another place you want to get permission before you paint). One of the few places on the Cape where you're up high and have a wonderful view.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Saturday morning Mike and I painted in Barrington along the river. Very hot and hazy. The color in the original is a little pinker and softer than this.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Painter Mike Rooney stopped in East Providence on his way to Cape Cod this weekend and I had fun showing him how beautiful the East Bay area of Rhode Island is. We painted this view of Pomham Rocks lighthouse from the grounds of a condominium complex. If you want to paint there, be sure to get permission from the board of directors first ( :
Friday, August 3, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
My goal is to show, fairly quickly, how to get started. I want them to see the big light and dark shapes, and to understand the structure, while still leaving most of the class time to do their own painting. I'm finding that painting demos is an art in itself.
I'll be teaching this again in the fall at the Portsmouth Art Guild (once a week for 5 weeks), and have tentatively scheduled a one day workshop at Jerry's ASW in Providence in October. Stay tuned for the date if you're interested.