Friday, November 13, 2015

American Artists Professional League, 87th Grand National Exhibition

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a painting hanging in the AAPL's 87th Grand National Exhibition.

Brass Teapot With Lemons, 11x14, oil

The exhibition is on view at the Salmagundi Club in New York City and will be hanging until Friday, November 20, 2015.  I saw some of the show while it was being hung and it looks like it will be a great exhibition.  This Sunday, November15th,  is the reception and awards presentation.  Artist John Traynor will be doing a demonstration from 12-2 and the awards and reception will take place between 2:30 and 5pm.  Check it out if you can!

Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A New Still Life

I finished up a new still life yesterday afternoon.  This painting was a bit of a departure from my normal style, but it was fun to paint - at the end anyway.  I was a bit nervous in the middle that this one might not make it, but I'm happy to report all turned out well in the end.

Before I start, please excuse the quality of the photos.  For reasons I have not been able to figure out, my computer keeps rejecting photos from my camera.  I had to shoot everything with my phone and iPad.

This is the set up.  I painted the large black vase years ago, and it was fun to do it again, though of course I added a little blue and white to the mix.

This was the initial block in.  I was very happy to have the canvas covered the first day since I was painting over an old cityscape.  Once I had the colors in I could begin the real work of turning this into a painting.

This was my second time working on the painting.  It was around this time that I started getting nervous as to whether or not this one was going to make it.  It was very difficult to get the paint to look the way I wanted it to, but after completing it I realize it just needed many coats of paint to achieve the desired effect.

This was the end of day three.  The painting was starting to look somewhat like I wanted it to, but I was still concerned that this one would be a bust.

This was the fourth and last session.  I feel like I finally got the colors the way I wanted them and the grapes, which I did about fifty times, finally look like grapes.  I shot this on the easel with my iPad.  As soon as I figure out my camera issues I will update this post with a new photo.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Brass Teapot With Peaches

I'm excited to show you a new still life I just completed.  I've painted this brass teapot before and it's always fun to make a change from my usual blue and white porcelains.

This was the original set up.  The teapot is a little crooked after getting knocked on the floor, but I simply straightened it out in the painting.

I blocked in the painting rather quickly.  That does not always happen, but when it does, the painting usually flows without too much aggravation.

I proceeded to get the canvas covered.  I know it looks a little crazy, but it really does help to get the colors and shadows in right away and worry about the rest later.

This was my third session working on the painting.   I'm always happy at this point, when it starts looking like a real painting.  That is when I know that I will be able to complete it.  It does not matter how many paintings I do, I always have that little bit of anxiety until I get to this point.

You may have noticed in the previous photos that the teapot did not have a handle.  I was having trouble getting it right, so I decided to wait until my background was completely dry and then paint it in.  That can be the easiest way with a hard to paint item or a pattern because then you can wipe down your mistake without messing anything up.

Next it was time to put the pattern in on the teapot.  That is what really makes these old pieces come alive.  I am also quite happy with how the peaches turned out.  I'm rarely successful with painting peaches so it's nice when they do come out well.

This is the finished piece.  In a few weeks when it is dry I will varnish and photograph it.  This was a fun piece to work on and the first painting I've finished since I had my accident a few months ago.  It's great to be back in the groove.