Friday, October 31, 2014

Directions from the edge.

Perhaps incubation is a good thing for artists. I don't know. This time when you feel a lot is bubbling up but the brush is not cooperating and the studio stove has been cold for a while.

I am fed up with the idyllic pastoral landscape... I think. I am attracted to abstraction, to minimization to economy, but is that selling out? Can I pull it off? Is it another long journey that I am starting and do I have to start at the beginning?

I want to break free. I will break free from the confines of the norm. I never meant to be in the normal, in the main stream of art. I always felt I belonged on the edges. I like edges. Unsafe as they are, they are what you can  push against. There is nothing to push against in the middle.

Steven Daedalus I am not. More like a Leopold if you have to peg me, but my mind is racing far beyond the present art that I am doing. It is not satisfying. I need to do more daring things.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Virtual Exhibition Coming Back Soon!

OK, yes I admit,  I have not been posting my art lately as frequently as I used to. But I have not dropped off the face of the art world and my brushes have not been dry either.

Do you enjoy visiting art galleries, but find that they are too far from where you are or that you don't have the time or maybe the energy to get to one this season? In  the past I have enjoyed putting together an online exhibition event that looks and feels like a real gallery visit, albeit a virtual one. It involves virtual framing, and virtual hanging of actual paintings that will go on sale during the exhibition.

The exciting thing about exhibitions, is that you expect to see works that you have not seen before and you expect them to be of a standard that merits your time and attention.

I am  working on just that right now. A virtual exhibition that will start on the first week of November and go to the end of the month. It will include only new works that have never been seen before, and the works will be priced to sell fast and just in time for the holidays.

I am hard at work to put this together, but I am also open to suggestions and ideas. What would you like to see? What price range would you like to have (no commitments I just want to know what people expect to pay nowadays)? If you have seen any of my virtual exhibitions before, what did you like/not like in them and what would you suggest that I can do to make them better?

In short, I am asking for your help to make this upcoming exhibition a success. Will you help me?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Florida Sky

I spent a couple of weeks in Orlando absorbing the summer sun and heat. I love it!
I was completely taken by the Florida skies and the billowing clouds that form every afternoon. They are amazing. Full of vigor and life and yes a LOT of water.

I sketched a few sunsets, and these lead to Gathering Storm, a 14"x10" Watercolor (below). I hope there will be more from this trip. I just need to let my mind digest what I saw.

Gathering Storm, watercolor 14"x10"
Gathering Storm, a 14"x10" Watercolor

Monday, June 09, 2014

Twilight Gold, Oil on panel 12"x10"

I did this one outdoor on Saturday. I always forget to take work-in-progress shots, but this time I remembered. It is always fun to share these but also a great way to learn what you are doing. In the heat of the moment you don't really get to analyse every step you take. These step by step shots are great help. 

Here to start is the final after a few minor studio adjustments

Twilight Gold, Oil on panel 12"x10"

And here are the in progress shots. Sorry they are not that great but that is all I could do with my iphone.


Friday, May 23, 2014

The Head! A new branch for me to climb.

I've been forcing myself to go back to basics and discipline. Drawing is the back bone of art and this is not easy for a landscape painter. Still, a week into it, and I think this is going OK. I could have done more on the eyes in the portrait, but these are studies. Not meant for show except for you guys.

Seriously painting landscapes seems so much more abstract than drawing figures and portraits. That is because there is more weight on composition and design I guess. Also as long as you have a basic understanding of perspective, you can pretty much get away with a lot in landscapes. Here, not so much unless if you want to go Picasso on the face.

I am really enjoying this. I plan to keep it up as much as I can while not having it take away from my landscapes. There is so much to do in art isn't there?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Windy and Warm!

I just added the following two oil paintings to my website. They represent two steps into a new looser approach for me. I remember during painting these two a rush of energy and focus and an endorphin rush at the end. Notice the different warmth if the colors as the day wanes on. I hope to do more of these this summer and I hope to go bigger in size as well. It is not going to be easy to carry larger panels or canvases on field trips, but I am determined to do so.

 Windbreakers, oil on panel 10"x8" Plein Air
Windbreakers, oil on panel 10"x8" Plein Air
Mid-day to early afternoon

 In The Wind, Oil On Panel, 10"x8"
In the Wind, Oil on panel, 10"x8" Plein Air.
Late afternoon to evening.

So stay tuned! I hope you enjoy these. Leave a comment and please share if you can.