Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's On the Easel - Joshua Bell

Source photo

Warm (very warm!) imprimatura and pencil sketch.

Drawing with thin layer of burnt umber to delineate the sketch 
and beginning to create relative values.

 Blocking in shapes, adjusting values, correcting drawing mistakes, 
and trying to stay loose all the while. One, maybe two, more sessions to go.

Fixing the hand, laying in some color on the arm, and looking at values. Definitely need a couple more sessions. A head, 2 hands, and an instrument - each one is challenging on its own!

Friday, April 4, 2014

"A Yellow Hat Kind of Day"

This was a quick study of an Eric Strachan photo taken in Naples, FL. 
Done in acrylic, 5 x 7.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hahn Home

This small (9 x 12) commission was for a friend who grew up in Pacific Palisades, CA. This was the only remaining photo of the the family house (straight-on - not the most advantageous angle!) The house and gorgeous trees have been bulldozed to make way for a new lot-line-to-lot-line mansion, so she asked me to paint it as a present for her parents.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Return From the Hunt"

I painted this portrait of a Masai warrior in studio. I was inspired by our planned trip to Kenya this summer!
Acrylic, 24 x 36.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Match Point"

This one was painted in the studio from a photograph by Naples, FL, photographer, Eric Strachen. 
Acrylic, 35x40.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Road Not Taken"

"The Road Not Taken"

This was a commission for an Ohio collector who wanted a depiction of Frost's iconic poem. From one of several photo options. Acrylic, 16 x 20, on canvas.

The Road Not Taken
  by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Special Merit Award

"Uncle George's Barn" received a  
Special Merit Award 
in the Light, Space, and Time Online Gallery. The competition was called "Countryside" - artists were to submit their best interpretation of the countryside theme by depicting rural living, rustic charm, the outdoors and pastoral scenes.

Also included in the show is my "Peckin' & Grinnin':
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Four Pieces Accepted Into Meisel Gallery of Art Show

My wife, Holly, & I just had pieces accepted into the Harris and Fredda Meisel Gallery of Art at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. My three pieces are return customers to this blog. 

I think Holly's monoprint, "King of the Forest," was the best piece in the show!

King of the Forest

Owl Eyes

Black Beauty

Maillot Jaune

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Steelhead #1

Study of a Steelhead Trout. 
Painting was easy - holding my breath was the tricky part.
Acrylic, 9 x 12

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Two Pieces in Juried Art Show

Hey, Hey! Just found out that 2 of my paintings, "Black Beatuy" and "Maillot Jaune", have been accepted to the Santa Barbara (CA) Art Association's juried show, "Harvest of Art."

It's in celebration of the SBAA's Gallery 113's 40th anniversary as a gallery.The show is at Gallery 113 in La Arcada Ct, and runs the entire month of October. 

Let's see, what else? Oh, yeah - they're for sale!

Maillot Jaune: $250
Black Beauty: $450

Friday, September 13, 2013

Chautauqua Afternoon

Painted in the studio from a photograph by George Sherwin ( Acrylic, 36 x 36.