Monday, March 31, 2008

Cantaloupe Watercolor 8x10

Set Up
Initial block in
I have avoided painting cantaloupe because so many have done it so well. However, I tackled it today and although it needs more work, I'm posting it. Some of these daily painters just knock me out with their focus and ability to paint one beautiful piece after another. I'm trying to live up to my own expectations which is tougher than living up to anyone else's. Amen. Notice, I am using the kitchen ;) as it should be used.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cloud Study 4x6

Florida might be the sunshine state but it is also the land of the cumulus cloud. This view, looking eastward from my studio toward a golf course, always has a dramatic sky. These three palmettos survived Hurricane Wilma amid a line of trees that was changed into toothpicks by a small tornado that ripped through this swale. I premixed my colors which I find helps me once I get going. I don't have to work through trial and error color mixtures.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Palmetto Palm watercolor study

Here in Naples it's getting hotter and yesterday, around three o'clock, I took myself to the beach. I broke out the watercolors and did a little study of these Palmettos standing guard. I also noticed that the seagull swarm starts just before sunset. Hundreds of gulls fly in and land on the beach. I left about 7:20, the sun still up, and headed for Publix to do some grocery shopping at the perfect time. Everyone else is home having supper :D

Friday, March 28, 2008

Half a Pepper Watercolor 6x8

Just for fun I played with watercolors yesterday. I did some cropping on this piece because I think it's stronger that way and the cropping shows the color details. The magical look of watercolor comes from the way the white paper shows through the paint.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Edward Hopper fake 6x6

Copying a Master's work was the way students learned at some of the famous ateliers like Ecole des Beaux Artes. That link leads to a site about John Singer Sargent which is loaded with links to everything Sargent. Despite a good start here the devil was in the details as they say. There was a bit of a tilt to this when I photographed it so it looks a tad crooked on the left. It's not. This is my first fake. I kinda like it.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Room In Brooklyn 1932

Edward Hopper Chillin' Flamingo Isle Sunday Afternoon 8x8
Here are some shots of work in progress. One is my fake Edward Hopper which I'm keeping in the fridge until it's complete. Hopefully I'll post the finish tomorrow and get this thing mailed up to Newport, Rhode Island for Spring Bull gallery's Fabulous Fakes and Forgeries show. The other shot is a painting in progress in the studio.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Chinese New Year Offering

I'm way late with the Chinese New Year theme but it's not really about that. This was supposed to be a "simple" drapery study using only ambient light ;) which turned out to be not about drapery at all. For those who paint from photos, take note here. Look how far you can push color in the shadows. It took me forever to learn that shadows aren't dark colorless holes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Doors Project

A group of bloggers is doing a Doors Project today. After laboriously, copying and pasting 30 plus links to the other bloggers, they disappeared which was traumatic. So, please check out Frank Gardner to see the other participants. Sorry 'bout that.
My Old Studio Door in The Codman Building, Rockland, MA
Red Door Parrsboro, NS
WomenCrafts, Provincetown, MA
Cottage at Second Beach, Parrsboro, NS
Pink Cottage, Marshfield, MA
Abandoned Farmhouse East Bridgewater, MA
The Old Post Office in East Bridgewater, MA
Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Friday, March 07, 2008

Colin's Rubber Duckie

I've painted this before but I think I'm going to lose it as a prop when my baby nephew Colin comes to visit me and realizes that he left it here. This is a teeny 2x3 inches. If you want to see some fabulous tiny paintings that look huge check out Joyce Washor.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Beach House 6x8

In reality this is more than a 'beach house'. It's a mansion actually, as are most of the beach houses here in Naples,Florida. I resolved the awkward angles by working out the foreground. Again, I'm not able to get a really good photo of this. What do you think ? This painting is listed on eBay as item number 170199655887. I have to figure out how to create the link.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Beach House detail

I'm posting this detail of an almost finished painting because there is a design flaw in another part of the painting that needs to be fixed. The flaw is that there are several angles that converge too abruptly as well as a few shapes in the foliage (grrrr) that repeat themselves too statically. Part of the problem is that I didn't stop to figure out where I was going off and kept painting. WRONG ;) I think I know what I have to do to get out of it with the painting intact. I'll post the before and after when I finish it and you can decide. There will be some for whom the detail was the whole painting and they might not see the need to add anything ;)
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