Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Zooming, Cropping; Adding Textures and Patterns

This week we talked about cropping, 
and adding textures and patterns
to our Expressive Figure Paintings.  

The idea is to focus on the whole painting
fitting the shapes of both the figure and background 
into the picture plane. 

The addition of texture or pattern can
lead the eye and add interest.

My 20 x 16 quick demo
incorporating some of the techniques.

We all agreed that this approach may be easier with acrylics. 
Layering with oils can be tricky and frustrating. 
Mud can happen. 

NOTE 2: 
Admittedly, the reults are surprising and unexpected. 
A terrific shake up for all of us. 
Sadly, I was so excited about the work everyone did,
I forgot to get any images! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Flattening and Pattern Painting

Today in our Expressive Figure class
we talked about the approach known as
Flattening or Pattern Painting.

Milton Avery 
"Artist's Wife" 

The form is flattened and the design is arranged by 
one shape next to another 
Use of repeated patterns break up some of the flat shapes.
(Her sweater and the chair)
Proportions are distorted.
(Her feet)

This abstract approach uses just shape, line and color
to design an exciting compositon;
a definate challenge for representational painters 
who focus on value and reality to make the statement. 

My quick demo

and some student work:

None of us were thrilled with the results but
recognized the value of opening new doors.

That is what summer is all about.

Friday, July 6, 2018

"Hat Paintings"

I'm excited to be part of a show at the 
in Wellfleet, MA
that opens Saturday July 14 from 6 - 8 pm. 
Some of my newer "hat paintings" will be showing with 
new still lives by well known Cape artist 

Here are a few: 
"Looking Forward" 20 x 16 oil

"Retired" 8 x 20 oil

"Spring Clean Up"
16 x 16 oil 
Sun Hat 
16 x 16 oil 

Day Off 
20 x 16 

Orange Hat 
20 x 16 oil 

If you are on the Cape I hope you can stop in! 
The show will be up for two weeks. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018


I've been working on a commission 
for a marketing company that wanted three small paintings 
representing the Cape,
to be used in ads for the company that makes the famous
Cape Cod Bracelet.

"The Cottage" 8 x 8 


"Heading Out" 8 x 8 

"Meet And Greet"
8 x 8  

The creative director had found three paintings of mine 
 on line that I'd done 3-4 years ago, 
and he wanted me to re-create them. 

This was a bit of a struggle as most commissions are,
but I'm glad the client is happy!   

I'll keep you posted when the ads "go live". 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Non-fictional Painters

We have a brave group of painters in my 
class and I'm challenging them 
with all new exercises. 
This week we painted the figure using black and white images
using "made up colors". 
(any color combination other than what would be expected
ie. blue skin tones) 

This is a daunting task for those of us who are 
"non-fictional" painters.
(have difficulty making things up and 
generally paint what they see)   

I did this quick demo

from this image

This exercise is meant to free you from being so literal.
It becomes more about design and 
making an expressive statement.   

Some of the inspiring class work:

This exercise was adapted from a course I took with 
called "Own Your Own Colors".
Some of the photos we used are reference photos 
from that class. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Composition Considerations

The 13 week Composition class
"Look Here, Don't Look There"
 I've been taking with
Mark Daniel Nelson
is ending this week.

We've been talking about leading the viewer's eye 
around the painting intentionally or  
"manipulating the viewer's expectations"

My intention was to bring you to the girl's hat, 
then to the light on his hat (surrounded by that dark shadow),  
then up to the flag that points you back the main hat! 

 I'm somewhat new to thinking this much about 
designing my paintings. 
It's confounding and thrilling. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer's Here!

Summer is the time to 
"stop and smell the roses."    

This morning, I started teaching a summer class 
at North River Arts Society 
in Marshfield Hills.

 Walking down the street for an iced coffee at the General Store 
before class is real summer treat.  

And I get to bring Cello, who's been coming so long,
she waits for the students to arrive.   
I didn't get any images from the first class.  
Too busy talking! 

After class, some of us went over to see 
The Coastal Quilt Artists Show next door. 

Another treat! 

I'm hoping to explore, experiment, 
enjoy, and embrace everything 
that comes my way this summer. 

Happy days ahead.