Sunday, August 28, 2011

Girl Talk

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
Well, the winds of Irene are raging outside right now. This is my last post before the opening of my show at the F.A.N. Gallery next Friday night, Sept. 2, 5-9 PM. If you're in the area, drop in!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A whole lotta shakin'-sold

Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
Did I not say that something was going to happen? And funnily enough, this is what I was working on when the earthquake hit- a painting of Union Station in- where?- Washington DC. Call me prescient.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Primary colors

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"
In the old city of Quebec, any corner you turn may hold charming sights, like yellow houses with blue doors and baskets of red flowers.

On another note- things artists don't want to hear on the eve of their big one-person show:
- The economy is tanking.
- There's a hurricane due to land on the east coast on the day your work is due at the gallery, 300 miles away.
And if it's true that everything comes in threes, there may be one more surprise coming...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ann and Otis- sold

Oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
From one of my favorite photos, a painting of my friend Ann and her dog. Look who's got the couch...
This will be in my show at the F.A.N. Gallery, coming up very shortly. I really like the work I've been doing the last two weeks- wish I'd been painting like this all along, I would have had all the work I needed weeks ago. As it is, I'm making a last minute push to get everything finished, varnished, and framed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Time to go home- sold

Oil on canvas, 11" x 14"
This will be at my show at the FAN Gallery in Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

T is for tavern-sold

Oil on canvas, 20" x 24"
This is one of my favorite buildings in downtown Providence, and I've painted it several times. The light in the afternoon is very intriguing.
Getting ready for this show at the FAN Gallery, I've worked a lot from photos on the computer. One thing I've found is that it seems to be easy, particularly on larger pieces, to let your darks become too light. Photos on a monitor have so much more light and color than a print of the same image! Before you know it, all your shadows are too light and you've lost the contrast that you need. I had to work back into this to reestablish the darks. It can be helpful to make a print so you can find a happy medium, because prints are hard to work from too- the lights are too light and the darks are too dark. The truth is somewhere in between...