Friday, December 20, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Oil on canvas paper. I've been adding color to the Zorn palette that I usually use, this time some viridian green, and someone gave me a squeeze of cobalt violet for the hat. Not a color I'd recommend, as it has so little tinting strength.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Win a chicken painting.
Oil on board, 7"x 5"
Oil on board, 7" x 5"
Open studio,about 20 artists, all on the third floor of 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket RI. This Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11AM- 7PM. My studio is a little difficult to find, but your reward for finding me is to be automatically entered in a drawing to win a framed chicken painting ($150.00 value). Winner can choose from available chickens. Plus, light refreshments and congenial company.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Oil on panel, 10" x 8"
When Liz Rowley told me she had two models who were going to dress like chefs for my demo, I was a bit startled- you mean I have to paint TWO people in a 2 hour demo- but it was actually a lot of fun. The models were great, and the height difference between them made the composition interesting. The older gentleman was quite a talker, and I ended up wiping his face off twice before he kind of settled into a stance that he stayed in long enough for me to paint.
Liz had tried really hard to get ahold of some chef hats, with no luck, so we improvised by taping 3 sheets of white paper together for each hat.
A big thanks to my friend Anne, who stayed for the whole thing and took the photos.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I'll be doing a painting demo at the Rowley Gallery on Saturday, November 30 at 1 PM. Liz has lined up some live models dressed as chefs, so this could be interesting. In addition to the demo, there's also music, champagne and pate, and a lot of great paintings by other talented artists. (And, it's free.)
Thursday, November 28, 2013
I've been showing work at the Donovan Gallery at Tiverton Four Corners, RI, for many years. The owner is retiring and the gallery will be closing as of Christmas Eve. Hard to imagine Four Corners without it! There is an opening for the newest, and last, show this Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-5PM. My last two skiff paintings will be there.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I photographed these chickens at Coggeshall Farm, which is actually a museum- a "living history farm"- with costumed interpreters, animals and heirloom plants. I was there for the Harvest Fair, and these poor chickens were being chased all over by lots of little kids who were totally fascinated with them.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Another skiff, from this past summer. I like the simple masses and the strong colors. Here's a great quote from David Leffel:
"A painting comprised of many small area of lights and darks will look petty and small. Conversely, a painting with a few major masses will look big, simple, and powerful."
Friday, November 15, 2013
Oil on canvas panel, 12" x 9"
Jessica was our portrait model last week at Kate Huntington's Monday night portrait group.
Yesterday my "Intro to Portraiture" class at the South County Art Association in Kingston RI ended. It was a great group that I really enjoyed teaching. (You can see a couple of the limited palette color charts that we did- useful for referring to if you're not used to mixing flesh/hair tones.) The studio is in a building that was used as a schoolhouse, built in 1759!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A scene from one of my trips to Maine this summer.
$100. + shipping.
The Open Studio is this Friday night and the weather prediction is for wind and rain. Oh well…
560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket RI, 4-8 PM, Room 355. There's also an opening for the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative's 10x10 show in the gallery on the first floor.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Done from a combination of a watercolor sketch done on location and a photo.
It's Open Studio time! This year I have a studio, at 560 Mineral Spring Ave., in Pawtucket RI. Friday November 1, in the evening, 4-8 PM, then the next month on Saturday, December 7 in the afternoon, 11AM-7PM. Third floor. Plan to come!
Friday, October 18, 2013
One of the bennies of plein air painting is the occasional unexpected wildlife sighting. This morning after I left the diner where Ed and I met at 6AM to draw for an hour, I went painting by the Providence River, sitting in my car, when this coyote emerged from the grasses. Pretty cool! I managed to snap a pic before he took off.
And finally broke out my colored pencils...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
This guy sat down at the end of the counter in front of us- I'm getting warmed up.
Then in the few minutes before we left I got this guy captured- I'm really happy with the gesture and the economy of the line.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
If you're in Providence- the painting students at the Handicraft Club, where I teach, are having their first ever show outside of the club. It will be at the Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell St. and opens this Friday night, 5-8PM. Drop in and have some free refreshments.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The last couple of weeks it's been hard to find much time for painting but I have done some sketching around the 'hood. All in pencil in a small sketchbook. Someday soon I'm going to start using color, as soon as I figure out what to use- maybe Prismacolor pencils.
Friday, August 30, 2013
I got a small studio at the beginning of the year with big windows facing north, figuring it would be great for painting still lives, but haven't been spending much time there. It's hot (on the third floor) in the summer, and there are too many other temptations. I did manage to finish this, though. Available through the Donovan Gallery.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Local Rhode Island celebrity musician/ songwriter/ columnist Rudy Cheeks was our portrait model recently. He'll be hosting a show on RI PBS come October called "Meet me at the Met". Check it out!
I'll be teaching a portrait class at the South County Art Association toward the end of September, Thursday afternoons. We'll draw for 3 weeks, then paint using a limited palette of white, black, cad. red light and yellow ochre.
On the painting above, I added venetian red and cerulean blue to my usually limited palette. The venetian was more of a short-cut color, but I wanted to use blue to get a little lavender in the shadows. When mixed with yellow ochre, it also made some nice greens .
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Oil painting on panel, 5" x 7"
$100.00 plus shipping
We spent part of last week in Maine and got to visit a neighbor's barn. A pig with piglets, sheep that had just been shorn, ducks (I loved the renaissance lighting in the barn), hens, and the former girlfriend of our host's dog (after a visit to the vet, she no longer was interested in romance).