Friday, April 18, 2014

Red Flowers - oil on panel, 8x10 inches

You can buy this painting here. $120 + $25 shipping, unframed, no additional fees. We got a little rainfall yesterday, and the lingering humidity left a fog over the landscape all morning. By the time I painted this, the sun was shining full-force from behind these trees, but you could still see some of the fog in the distance. I noticed these little red flowers in the right foreground, in defiance of all the green.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Above the Pond - oil on panel, 10x14 inches

$250 + $25 shipping, unframed, no additional costs. You can buy this painting here. It's fun doing a design like this with so many squiggly lines (technical term) and nothing parallel to the frame. The color harmony in this picture is also different for me, but I painted it as I saw it. I think after a while you just start to see things differently.

I've been trying to really increase my output lately, so there has been plenty of opportunity for exploration. I approach the next painting with ideas fresh in my mind about the previous one, and that on its own can produce interesting results. Sometimes the end of one painting is a launch point for another, and you can refine your thinking or continue an idea on new work. As Neil Young says, "It's all one song." I've been putting mileage on my brushes and using a lot of paint, and progress is being made. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mallard Cove - oil on panel, 9x12 inches

$160 + $25 shipping, unframed, no additional costs. You can buy this painting here. This one was a lot of fun, with the abstract pattern of reflections on the water. I'm still fighting with the Spring greens. The sorta chartreuse color of the new-growth grass isn't easy to live with, so I try to paint it a tamer color than it actually is. Here's an action shot:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

She Was Born on the 4th of July - oil on panel, 8x10 inches

Click here to purchase. Just like the John Prine song says. We finally had a sunny day with minimal wind, and I saw this house with its strong, geometric light and shadow shapes. This is a pretty small painting, only 8x10 inches, and I had to do a lot with the palette knife. I dragged little bits of paint and texture over the bush and grass in the foreground so it would sparkle.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Quietude - oil on panel, 8x12 inches

Click here to purchase. Gray days give such a nice color harmony, since everything is enveloped in a diffuse, silvery light. There are a lot of opportunities to play with subtlety, and I think this painting is an exercise in that.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Marshland - oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches

Click here to purchase. This marsh made me think about Dennis M. Bunker when I saw it. He handled similar scenes to this so well (see here for examples). I'll be turning 29 this month, which is how old he was when he died tragically from meningitis. He's one of my heroes -- his paintings are very dynamic, unusual, and tasteful. Like Jimi Hendrix, I wonder what direction he would have taken if he'd lived longer.