Sunday, November 30, 2008

Red dress and tag

Ja 8x6 oil on canvas panel

Wanted to work on making folds, in the dress,  look realistic. It was from a mag photo, just to fool around with.

    Adebanji  Did the tag with me. So, seven things about me and some blogs I follow.

1. Have lived in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, California, Alaska, San Vito Italy.

2. First learned to surf in third grade.

3. First motorcycle  honda trail90

4. First car 1971 camaro

5. Knocked out by pony in 1964, never rode a horse since. Not even the mechanical one in front of Walmart.

6. First flew on a plane by myself at age 5

7. Won 5 photographic awards in the last two years.

Some Blogs you might like to see..

William Wray  

Of course I follow about 50 other blogs, you might only know William from this list.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pattie's Westar energy plant Jeffrey

5x10 oil on paper

This is something I envisioned from Pattie's photo. Just seeing what I could come up with.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Challenge Budda

10x8 oil on paper

This was the challenge for this week. I had just watched a PBS show about an abstract expressionist,  Albert Alcaley.  So I did this weeks challenge in an abstract manner, well that's what I was aiming for. I wanted the viewer to look at the Budda which was back lit.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Leaning on blue

6x6 oil on black painted hardboard

I used  Phthalo, cobolt and ultra marine blues. This was a blue bottle laying on it's side and the pepper leaning on the neck. It was set up on blue paper that had a sheen to it with the angle of the light. The light that was passing through the bottle looked neon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Green cast on Pepper

6x6 oil on hardboard

Tried the green glass to cast on the pepper.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Purple cast pepper

6x6 oil on hardboard

Same shape glass only in purple.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cast in blue

6x6 oil on hardboard

Here is the pepper peeking out from behind blue glass. The blue glass cast a light blue shadow there on the right side. The glass form is tear dropped. I put in the bright red with a knife. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spy Peppers

6x6 oil on board

Peppers emerging from the dark. There is some glare on the back pepper, in the shadows, that is not reading right. I guess I could have rubbed it down smooth but, I didn't.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Big Dipper Ice Cream

This is Big Dipper Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine. I guess that if I paint enough trees i'll get the hang of making them look like trees.

16x9 oil on paper

Here's the image i'll send in to the  challenge. I wanted to put in a starbucks with someone eyeing the lady, but I'm done.

8x10 oil on hardboard

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lone lady challenge

Not sure if this is done and done well. The lady from the challenge isn't  this thick. 

8x10  oil on hardboard
I'm going to think about this before I submit to the blog.
Maybe I should edit out the diagonal light, though it is a counter to her vertical.
Give me some thoughts.

challenge lady start

This is the abstract start to the challenge.

8x10 oil on hardboard

These are the abstract thumbnails I played with to see if there is anything going on.                                                                 5.5x8.5 sheets

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bass harbor home

9x16     oil on paper  click photo

Don't know why it seems so different to paint landscape vs still life. I had been planing to go to a Frank Serrano workshop this week end but, it's canceled. Nothing else new.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tall Pepper

6x6 oil on hardboard

I wanted to show the cool shadow shapes. Not sure I did well on the white cup on it's side, but it was the pepper's shadow I was after.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tres Amigas

8x10 oil on hardboard

This came from the photo for the challenge. The photo was back lit and hard to see the figures well. These people paintings are something t0 start more of. 

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Three on a Plate

Below is an adjusted painting and reshoot. I was  tired last night and came back to the painting after a bit to see if I could adjust, at the same time,improve that weakest pepper. It was reshot in the shade this morning.

this is the first pass
6x6 oil on hardboard

I know that third guy is weakest. I think i went too far the other way.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Dos peppers

6x6 oil on hardboar.d

Thought that these peppers would look nice in the white cup. This was painted over the last lemon painting. Trying on a plate tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


6x6 oil on hardboard

Tried a more wet/thin paint application. Didn't really thrill me. I'll have to review Kreutz's book for some thoughts.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Capital lane

9x12 oil on canvas panel

This was another Challenge, for me for sure. I don't know how Karin can get her brushes to cooperate with her. I tried little, big, round  and flat. I worked on this on for 2 hrs. and don't feel like it is...... Maybe it's the unresolved areas under the trees, and all the cars in the photo that made me feel overwhelmed, in how to paint those little cars to make them look like little cars.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Justin Barn

6x6 oil on hardboard

This is a barn at the end of a road in Justin. Trees give me problems.