Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Residency Benefits

I've come to realize that 
one of the most valuable benefits of the residency, 
was that I began to really see.   
Without any distractions for the whole month, 
I was able to sit still and "be present"
for long periods of time. 
I began focussing on shapes and color,
and the affect they have on each other. 
My paintings are beginning to reflect that,
I think. 

High Noon, Low Tide
24 x 30 oil 

I'm finally getting to work on some ideas using 
images, sketches, and notes I took up there. 
Trying out some larger formats, 
experimenting with paint handling and edges....
stay tuned. 

I did this on a stretched canvas 
which is not my favorite surface to work on. 
I find the "bounce back" factor a little frustrating. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Residency Wrap Up

Another "zoom in" Harbor study 
for a larger piece. 
Having fun with these.....

Harbor Shapes 8 x 10 oil 

I went to Gloucester yesterday for a  
Residency "wrap up" meeting. 

I'd like to thank Ted and Jan Charles,
the generous sponsors of the program,
the Cape Ann Museum, and the Copley Society
for providing me with such a positive experience, 
both personally and professionally.  

If you ever get an opportunity to participate in an 
Artist Residency,
I highly recommend it. 

I can't wait to see what's next!  

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Good Morning Gloucester

 I started this en plein air on one of my last days in Goucester
and just recently got around to working on it. 

Good Morning Gloucester!
10 x 8 oil
(study for a larger piece?)  

The working harbor continues to 
intrigue and inspire me. 
I'm experimenting with zooming in on the large 
colorful shapes of the architecture 
and fishing boats.

Luckily, I have hundreds of images 
to work from this winter!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Glorious Color

Nature certainly put on quite a show this year!
I couldn't let all that glorious color leave
without trying to capture it with paint.

"Last Blast"
24 x 24 oil 

I took the demo I did in class last week,
turned it upside down, drew in some big shapes with charcoal
and laid in some darks. 

Then just 
 "let the painting tell me what it needed". 
Not always so easy! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 
I hope everyone has a 
healthy and safe holiday weekend. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I Teach What I Want to Learn

For our last class of this semester, 
we tried something completely new.

I'm calling it the "Three Line Abstract Approach"  
borrowing from the principles of cubism.  

I've discovered that many modern painters began each painting
 by drawing three straight lines, edge to edge, 
creating a simplified foundation before applying paint. 

I set up a very large and busy still life
for us to "hone in on".

We did a few practice designs on paper first.

We chose the design we liked best, 
and transferred that to our large canvas'.

I didn't give them much direction 
and it was certainly a challenge for most of us! 
However, as always, they were troopers and 
we all learned from each other  

My phone died halfway through the class 
so I wasn't able to get many images. 
Here is a detail of the one I worked on......

And student sent me this after the fact....

If anything, it's an eye opening exercise. 
The possiblities are endless. 

It was such fun to work with this wonderful group of artists.
They were willing to try anything
and it was thrilling to see so many discoveries 
happen each week! 
I'm going to miss teaching for a few months, 
but it's time for me to get in the studio and get to work. 
Stay tuned and Happy Holidays!  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Upcoming Workshops

I'm excited to announce some winter/early spring
1 and 2 day workshops I've got scheduled! 
More to come. 

Some may not be listed on the websites just yet. 

March 21, 22 
(Tues and Wed)

April 1, 2 
(Sat and Sun) 

 May 20

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Surface Texture

Surface texture and interesting edges add excitement to a painting 
and engage the viewer longer. 
However, those two tools are so personal and intuitive,
it's difficult to teach. 
It really just takes a lot of experimenting,
so that's what we did in class this week. 

We applied thin paint in the shadow areas,
thick paint in the light areas,
then broke out the palette knives!  

Some of the class work:

Textured paintings are difficult to photograph,
so forgive the glare. 

There was a lot of discovery happening!