Saturday, March 30, 2013

In the studio- sold

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
At the club where I teach painting, there's a lovely corner room with a lot of windows and a skylight. It makes it difficult to set up a still life because the light changes all day long, but if you're feeling light deprived it's a good place to be.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sushi chefs-sold

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
Say "Sushi chefs" 10 times fast, if you can. I can't even say it once.
I love painting bright lights against a dark background. The secret is to paint it wet into wet, so you can get the degree of softness that you want. Keep the dark paint thin, then pile on the light. Use a warm transition color, like a reddish-orange, to keep the feeling of warmth.
I'm saving this one for my show in June.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Come along

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"
More dogs on leashes, on a spring day in New York.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Canine criss-cross- sold

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"
Sometimes I stare at snapshots that I've taken and start seeing meaning where none exists. For example, these dogs. They represent all of the forces of good and evil in the world, working at cross purposes, barely restrained by their handlers. The woman in white (angel) vs. the man in dark (you know who he is) and the spectator wearing the red scarf (you, or me).
Perhaps I'm missing something? Do let me know.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The lady in lime

Oil on canvas, 24" x 24"
I've painted this scene several times, because I like the colors- the turquoise umbrellas, the pink roses, and that woman wearing the lime green jacket. Without her it just wouldn't be the same.
This will be in my show in Philly in June, at the F.A.N. Gallery.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Take two- sold

Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
My second try with this subject, the first was several months ago, I'm happier with this one. The first one was on a "professional quality" pre-stretched canvas, which I hardly ever buy, as I usually stretch my own. I was shocked when I realized that it wasn't square, in spite of the braces on the back. It was off by over an inch from one side to the other. So much for that.

This will be in my show in June at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia.