Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

"Farm Pond Pines in Winter"
"6x6" digital over photograph of painting, using ArtRage

Happy 2015! I love the new year, it's a time to plan, and think about new things to do, and things to do differently. I like to make New Year's resolutions, my favorite being "Learn more about wine". My artist's new year's resolutions are probably shared by many:
  • Practice making art every day. It can be hard to do this, with the other commitments we all have, but the feeling of satisfaction from doing it is powerful. More sketching and iPad painting when it's too hard to get out the gear is my plan. And, I'm going to try to make art every day in January.
  • Learn to paint better. For me, painting small paintings regularly really helps. And I love taking workshops!
  • Explore more mediums and techniques. So far I'm signed up for a knife painting workshop with Leslie Saeta in March, and a pastel workshop with Tony Allain in June. More to come.
  • Share art with others. It's a lot of work to blog and share on Facebook, in 2015 I want to better differentiate my content.
  • Help others to enjoy art. I've found out in 2014 that I love teaching painting! Thanks to my students for making that so. I'd like to do more of it in 2015.
Today's painting was painted in ArtRage over a photo of a plein air painting I did four years ago. I've tried this before, with a painting done at the same location. I hope you like it because I'm going to experiment along this line for a bit. Here's the painting underneath.

Farm Pond Pines - SOLD

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Little Fauvism Goes a Long Way

"Fauvist Clouds"
6"x6" oil on Raymar panel
spoken for

I'm teaching a class at Artascope in Yarmouth, Maine, on creating your own style with color. Monday is our last of 6 sessions and we've had a lot of fun. The students have been great, and eager to try new things. We've done toned canvases, bold color under paintings, and studied drawing, values, and mixing clear bright colors. This is my demo from class 4, where I went a bit wilder than everyone else, with a Fauvist rendition of a painting from my past.

We also had some fun doing value paintings over photographs. Below are some of the student paintings. Everyone really enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Show at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery

"Waiting for the Lobsterman"

"Red Sailboat Boothbay"


"Delivering the Catch"

Saturday night we're having the opening for the Holiday Show at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery. It's from 4-7PM and is always fun. These are my paintings in the show, and there are many more from 37 other artists! Please join us.