Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lunch with a View

Lunch at Fanizzi's
24" x 24" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

I painted this large painting while working at the Artists Studio and Gallery at Patriot Place this weekend. It was painted from a photo I took while in Provincetown. I really wish I was there right now, don't you?

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet Cute Cassie

9" x 12" x .75"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled artist board

Jeremy commissioned me to paint a portrait of his family's beloved pet, Cassie. Unfortunately they lost her recently and wanted a painting done of her from a time when she was so happy relaxing in the grass. You can see that she had the most beautiful smile. What a sweetheart. Look at this cute face.

I took this photo to show my work area as I painted Cassie.

And just for fun, always remember to....

Monday, July 2, 2012

Just put down the knife, and step away

Biking on the Boardwalk (v1)
18" x 18" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

This was done from a photo I found of my sisters, my mom, and me biking in Atlantic City one summer. I think it was probably taken somewhere around the mid 70s. I love that my mother looks just like one of the girls. And my dad is actually in the photo too. Can you spot him?

I've put this painting away for awhile because I'm not sure if it's done yet. I figure if I look at it with fresh eyes again in a week or so, I'll know what it needs. Right now, I think the boardwalk could have more obvious planks painted in and the background could use a little more detailing. But sometimes you need to just put the knife down and step away. Don't you wish you could hire someone to look over your shoulder as you are paintings and tell you when to stop? "It's done, put the knife down... now!"

I also took some photos of it after each stage so you can see how it progressed along the way.

I started painting the people first since that is usually the most difficult. I am getting used to and liking this orangy background color.

I'll keep you posted on any changes I make. Now-I'm off to paint a new commission I received last week!
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