Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Small Still Life

As regular readers of this blog know, I work on medium to large canvases unless I'm painting outdoors.  But I recently got the urge to do a small still life.  I have to say, it took me as long to paint this little 9x12 as it did the 16x20 before it.

Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of the original set up, but here is my initial block in.

After the block in was completed, I put in the background, then the shadows and color.

I always like to get the entire canvas covered the first day of a painting.  It makes it much easier the for the next time you work on it.

This shot was around day three of this painting.  At this point I got fed up with the pears and replaced them with lemons.  This worked out very well for two reasons.  One, pears are the hardest fruit for me to paint.  Number two is that the lemons provided a good pop of color that the painting needed.  In the photo above I felt everything looked too alike and it did not make for an interesting painting.

I just finished the painting this weekend.  I'm very happy with how it turned out.  It was a bit of a struggle doing a small still life, but it is always good to challenge yourself. However, the new painting I just started is an 18x24 :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Paintings

Just a quick note to let everybody know that I photographed all my recent paintings and added the photos to the drop down menus above.  I'll post them here as well.  Hope you like them!

Peonies In A Blue And White Vase, 11x14, oil

Blue And White Vase With Fruit, 12x16, oil

Peaches and Grapes, 12x16, oil

Sunflowers And Apples, 14x18, oil

Brass Teapot With Fruit

Pussy Willows In A Ginger Jar, 18x24, oil

Brass Teapot With Lemons, 12x16, oil

White Pitcher With Fruit, 12x16, oil

2015 Members Showcase at The Art Guild Of Port Washington

Hello Everybody.  I have some big news.  Remember my painting of the pussy willows?  It won first place in The Art Guild Of Port Washington members show!  This is very exciting for me.  The first time I have won first place.  The Art Guild had a lovely garden party reception and we all had a great time.

Pussy Willows In A Ginger Jar (sold!)

Some more paintings in the show and the second place winner.

The weather was perfect for an outdoor reception.

Some of the board members of The Art Guild.  They worked really hard to make this a great day.

Me with Gregg Kreutz and Ilene Silberstein (The Art Guild co-president)

We also had wonderful music by Chris Kennear.  I apologize for this horrible photo!  I snapped it at the end when I was running out of time, but the music was a great addition to the party.

We had a great day and thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.