Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Apple Store

I recently took a class at the Apple Store 
to learn more about the camera on my new phone. 
While playing with some of the new features, 
I captured this scene. 
I was initially attracted to the arrangaement of all the shapes of color, 
then I couldn't help 
making it a "narrative" of the 
Apple Store experience. 
(Little eye contact and a lot of waiting 
in a sterile environment.) 

The Apple Store
24 by 24 
oil on canvas 

Here is the reference photo I used,
so you can see some of the changes I made along the way. 

A fun subject! 

The year long on-line class I've been taking 
ended last week.  
I'll miss the weekly lessons and challenges 
and the interaction with the other artists. 
That said, I'm looking forward to discovering
where it all will take me.  

Bring on 2019! 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Small "Abstract" Watercolors

While watching the Pats game
I played with a small pad, marker and watercolors.
Trying to think abstractly 
I started with 5 shapes of varying sizes and color.
No reference.  

That didn't last long. 
This became the pizza we had during the game. 

This became an appetizer plate

And of course, a beach scene. 

It's funny how our brain reads shapes and 
we immediately identify them as something. 
I find it a challenge to think of 
just shapes and their relationships with each other. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Works in Progress (WIP'S)

I've been working on the series of paintings using 
New England architecture as a thread. 
I currently have several 
"works in progress" 
of varying sizes, mediums, and surfaces. 
I'm working on them simultaneously 
and over numerous sessions. 

Still focussing on color harmonies, 
edges, and texture.  
Here are some of them in different stages. 
8 x 8 oil on carton board 

8 x 8 acrylic on Canson Canva paper 

 8 x 8 Acrylic on canva paper 

6 x 6 acrylic on canva paper 

I'm trying to let the paintings evolve over time. 
All of these need more "tweeking" one way or another
an some may not even survive.

We'll see where that goes!