Monday, August 18, 2014

Value to Color Study

Value to Color Study
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel

I'm teaching a painting class at River Arts in Damarsicotta, which is really fun. Today was our third class, and we worked on adding color to the value sketches that we'd painted last week. Check out the small spots of color (blue) on the background, and (red) on the top apple. The idea is to first mix what you think is the right value of the color needed for a given part of the painting. Then put a spot of it on the value sketch, squint, and if the value is right, it will disappear. If it's lighter or darker than the value sketch, remix and add another spot. It took mixing three spots of light blue before we all agreed the middle one was right. Once we'd agreed on the two reds, I painted a bit of the still life, and we had some fun with the reflected color on the right-most apple.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sun Seekers

Sun Seekers
9"x12" oil on Raymar panel

Our local vet's office has a magnificent stand of sunflowers surrounding the building, and they've been kind enough to let me paint there. Tomorrow I'll show them the result of my first effort. I plan to paint there again.

Join me at River Arts in Damariscotta on Friday at 5PM for a demo of, you guessed it, sunflowers.

Only three spots remain for Paint Night at the Gallery on August 23rd. Call Yarmouth Frame and Gallery at 207-846-7777 if you want to reserve one of them. I'd love to have you join us.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Professional Photography

"Boatyard" 10"x10" oil on canvas panel 
Photographed by Jay York, reduced to 72 ppi

"Boatyard" 10"x10" oil on canvas panel 
Photographed by me, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Photographed by Jay York, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Scanned, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Photographed by me, reduced to 72 ppi

In preparation for offering prints and cards of a few of my favorite paintings, I wondered how much better they'd look if I had the paintings professionally photographed. Jay York, in Portland, had been recommended, so I took four paintings to him. Above are the results for two of them. Note how much clearer the color is in those taken by Jay. I don't know if you can tell with all of them reduced to 72 ppi, but his are also much sharper. I've also included a scan in the case of "Lobstah", done on my home printer, with no adjustments made. What do you think? Was the ~$9 each worth it?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kodiak Pet Portrait

Kodiak
7"x5" oil on linen panel
SOLD

A portrait of my friend's Grace and Ryan's dog, Kodiak. Isn't he a sweetheart?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paint Night at the Gallery - Saturday, August 23rd

Paint Night Sunflowers Try 1
14"x11" acrylic on canvas 


Paint Night Sunflowers Try 2
14"x11" acrylic on canvas

Sunflowers Try 2 drawing

In conjunction with our show opening Saturday at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery, which includes three large sunflower paintings, we're doing a Paint Night at the Gallery. I'm teaching it, so I've been practicing sunflowers in acrylic, and trying to come up with a composition that anyone can manage, while sipping their wine.

The top image is my first try (not counting the one where I used a hog brush - such a bad idea with acrylic!). The gallerista and I though this might be too complicated. So Try 2 is a simplified version. Both are much simplified over my 20"x16" Sunflower oil painting in the show. The bottom image shows the drawing for Try 2, where marks are made to indicate the middle of each side, the top and bottom, and also the center. That's part of the approach I'll use to teach the drawing.

I'd like to send a big thank you to JanettMarie, who gave me some good advice on how much to simplify the painting.

If you'd like to participate in Paint Night at the Gallery, please call the gallery at 207-846-7777 to register. I'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery Show opens on Saturday

Let's Go Boating
6"x12" oil on Raymar panel

Tidal Cove
5"x7" oil on linen panel

Above are a couple more paintings from the Castine Plein Air Festival. These will be included in the  Yarmouth Frame and Gallery show "Dipping the Brush", which opens on Saturday, August 2. I'll be at the opening from 4-7, and would love to see you there. To see all my paintings in the show, click here.

Today I had a nice visit from Fay Terry, a follower of my blog from North Carolina. We had such fun having lunch and painting at one of my favorite Maine marshes. Thanks, Fay, it was fun!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Castine Plein Air Festival

Sentinel
7"x5" oil on linen panel
SOLD

 Bev's Garden
5"x7" oil on linen panel
SOLD

After the Rain
6"x18" oil on canvas panel
SOLD

I returned this morning from the Castine Plein Air Festival, which was a great success. Forty artists participated, and most of them sold paintings. I sold four of the nine that I painted, and am thrilled. I neglected to take a photo of one of the sold paintings, a sunset from Wadsworth Cove. It was dark when I finished it, and I was painting by feel. I was surprised at how well it turned out when I got a look the next morning!

I especially enjoy meeting other artists at these events, particularly those whose work I know. I'd never met Phil Frey before, though I'd admired his work for years, and enjoyed painting with him. And I was so pleased when he won first prize.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sister Island

Sister Island
4"x10" oil on Raymar panel
$150

A little plein air piece done on Maquoit Bay. If you're wondering how I get Raymar panels in these wide formats, it's simple - they can be cut with a table saw. It can be a little unnerving when the painting is already painted.

I'm off today to the Castine Plein Air Festival, which I thoroughly enjoyed last year. It runs tomorrow morning through Saturday evening, with the show and sale at the Alfond Student Union, Maine Maritime Academy, on Pleasant Street, 6-8PM on Saturday. Last year the event was packed, so be there at 6 if you want your choice of paintings!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beach Roses
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel
$150


Some nice women who attended the Ocean Park "Meet the Artists" event, expressed interest in flowers. I found these near the beach on Porter Road. I'd like to paint more of them, it's quite a challenge!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Setting Sun

Setting Sun
6"x8"
oil on Raymar panel

The painting above won 3rd prize at the Ocean Park Plein Air Festival. I'm thrilled!
And below is a piece I was asked to paint, which turned out to be a fun exercise in painting white. That reminded me of fellow painter Mary Sheehan Winn, who is a master white painter. It's a challenge, but I was very pleased with the effort.

31 Crosby Ave
8"x10" oil on linen panel
SOLD