Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Casting, Watercolor

Longing for the summer days but not the black flies. Still I long for the cold water on warm skin. That moment of anticipation when your body is say "no no no" and your mind is say "yes please yes".

For all of you who enjoy fly fishing. This one is for you.

 Casting, watercolor 14"x10"
Casting, watercolor 14"x10"

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After, watercolor 8"x8"

Proper drawing is one of the foundation of painting. I know many people think that painters don't have to know how to draw. That probably comes from the modern art movement and its lack of focus on fundamentals. It's like saying you don't have to know grammar to write poetry.

The model is the best way to hone drawing skills. The reason for that is simple really. An artist can fake and fudge a landscape and in the process mask his/her drawing skills, but the model is something you can't fudge. We are all familiar with the human figure and you can't really fudge distortions unless you are going to paint like Picasso. Incidentally Picasso was a great drawer. His distortions come from a deliberate style and not from a lack of fundamentals.

I painted this one in the studio from a reference recently. I hope you enjoy it!

After, watercolor 8"x8"
After, watercolor 8"x8"

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Meditation, watercolor start of 2014

Happy New Year!

2014 has finally arrived and with it the promise of fresh beginning and a year to get things done in.

I took some time off from work at the end of the year and focused on family and friends. Lots of food and drink and smiles and love. The best in life. I hope you all did the same. Work is good, but there must be a time for life as well.

Today I spent the morning in my studio and painted a pastoral scene for the start of 2014. I hope you will enjoy it. I call it Meditation.

 Meditation, watercolor

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Secret X-Mas Gallery

I know, I know. One of the things that artists keep cautioning against is reducing your prices or having a sale or anything of the sort. The idea being that it cheapens your work. I get that. I just don’t buy it.

Algonquin5

http://zanbarrage.com/xmashiddengallery.htm

You buy a work of art because (1) you like it and (2) you can afford it. If you couldn’t afford it you wouldn’t skip a meal to buy a painting right? Well, I mean if you do, I really need to meet you! There are certain time of the year when people are looking for small gifts and I don’t think it cheapens my art if I can make small works and sell them on these occasions for a lower price.

BirdsNest

http://zanbarrage.com/xmashiddengallery.htm

So, if you are still reading this post, I would like to share with you a secret gallery that I have put on my website where you can buy small works of art (5”x7” or 5”x5”) all priced at $45.00 and all matted and ready to put in an 8”x10” or an 8”x8” frame of your choice. I am adding new small paintings to this gallery daily… almost… and you should visit often to find the one you like. But here is the deal, you need to make your choice soon if you want the painting shipped to your address at my expense before Christmas. After December 15, I can’t guarantee that you will get it in time. At that stage you will need to have it shipped by courier and I will need to charge you for that expense. So if I may suggest, visit the gallery and make your choice as soon as possible.

NearColaerBayVermont

http://zanbarrage.com/xmashiddengallery.htm

Why am I doing this? Because I love the season and I really want to encourage art lovers to buy authentic art and avoid posters, prints and made-in-China art. At $45.00 these works are priced below what I would normally sell them for, but come December 25, the hidden gallery will go the Brigadoon way and will not come back until next year (I am referencing Brigadoon because most of you are too young to remember the movie!).

Enjoy REAL art! And Merry Christmas!