Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Daddy's little boy

Daddy's Little Boy
14" x 11" x 3/4"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

A sweet commission for my cousin. He wanted to have a painting done for his good friend who lost his son too soon. He sent me a photo that was his friend's favorite image and memory of the two of them together.

I painted this during class and it came together quickly. Originally I had a bit of a horizon and sky at the top of the painting. Kim, our instructor, suggested that maybe the composition would work better if the water just went all the way up to the top, so I changed it later. I think it does work better. Also-the color of the boy's shorts were very close to skin color and it looked like he was naked so I "oranged" them up a bit and I hope they do read as swim trunks now.

Below is a photo of my set up at the sketch stage. I didn't use the orange underpainting this time. Not sure why, I think I forgot to do it before sketching, but in a later post I'll talk about another reason that maybe it was better that I didn't.

This painting will be off to Florida as soon as it's dry. I bet they do a lot of this kind of fishing down there.

Stay warm everyone!

Monday, January 21, 2013

53 Beacon Street, Boston

53 Beacon Street, Boston
36" x 12" x 2"
Oil with a palette knife on Ampersand Gessobord

This was my project while working at The Art Gallery at Patriot Place this past weekend. It came together pretty quickly and I was able to finish it by midday Sunday. I plan to do several more of these at this size because I think they will look really great all lined up together as they are on Beacon Hill.

I also took a few progress photos along the way. The ivy went in last-great fun to paint.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January Demonstration-Beacon Hill Beauties

Beacon Hill Beauties
10" x 10" x 1.5"
Oil with a palette knife on cradled board

Wednesday night I did a palette knife demonstration for the Foxboro Art Association. What a great crowd came out to see me wield my knives. I chose to paint from a photo that I had taken of some of the beautiful historic townhomes on Beacon Hill, in Boston. They a great mirror that we set up so that everyone in the audience you could see my painting, my palette, and supplies as I worked. Very cool.
I brought along several of my paintings to show the ranges of styles, sizes, and subject matter I have done in the past.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A nice recap of my palette knife demo

If you click on this image to enlarge it, I hope you can read this great recap of a demo I did for the Taunton Art Association back in November.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

More Mini Masters to ring in the New Year!

Mini Homer
3" by 5"
Oil with a palette knife on board

 Mini Degas
3.5" by 2.5"
Oil with a palette knife on canvas

I can't get enough of these Mini Masters. Capturing the essence of the painting with just a few strokes is key. Every mark counts. Below is a photo of them on their mini easels as well as a close up shot of the Homer. There are more on the way!

  Happy New Year everyone!
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