Sunday, July 17, 2016

Muscovy Ducks Painting

Muscovy Ducks
This pair of Muscovy ducks pass by year after year.  Over the years, they've become a little more short of breath as they paddle by.  Although these ducks aren't as regal looking as some other types of ducks, they make a cute couple.   Oil applied in a heavy impasto layers on 20 x 16 inch canvas.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Psyche with a Red Box

Psyche (revisited)

Psyche with a Red Box is an oil drawing on 16 x 13 inch Egyptian papyrus paper.  The soft contours of the winged figure are contrasted by the vertical and horizontal lines of the natural construction of the papyrus support.

This piece was inspired by Psyche painted by Nikolaos Gyzis (1842 - 1901) done in the Symbolism style.  An image of the original work can be seen here at Wikimedia Commons and I think it was painted in 1893.    Psyche was a human, but became the Greek goddess of the soul after marrying Cupid.  Gyzis’ painting appears to show a box on Psyche’s lap.  This could be the box of sleeping potions Psyche retrieved from Persephone in the Kingdom of the Dead which was the fourth and last task assigned to her by her mother-in-law, Aphrodite prove her love for her husband and to restore her marriage to Eros.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Rainy Day On Wall Street

Rainy Day Monday
Charcoal and watercolor on 20 x 16 inch paper.  Red umbrellas scattered in front of the NYSE.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sitting in Profile oil drawing

Sitting in Profile

Sitting in Profile is a study done in charcoal and oil on a 12 x 12 inch canvas.  The image quietly emerges from the canvas with the model's eye in contrast to the remainder of the artwork creating the central focus.   This piece explores the transformation from line art to the depth and form created by soft brush strokes of color.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Boat on Blue painting

Boat on Blue

Boat on Blue.  Oil painting on 40 x 30 inch canvas, 2015.  A wooden lapstrake sailboat is reflected in the calm waters of the infinite expanses of the blue sea and skies in this waterscape. The painting is executed in a vertical portrait style separated into two primary planes by the mid-canvas horizon.  The boat’s mast extends vertically from the boat in the lower plane upward and off the top of the canvas connecting both planes of the scene.  The subject is painted in a heavy impasto style.  The painting is also shown on my website’s Nature Gallery.  Posters and art prints are available here. Boat on Blue will be featured at Artel Gallery, Pensacola, FL,  March 13th through April 17th, 2015.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mother & Daughter Walking in the Rain charcoal drawing

Mother and Daughter Walking in the Rain
Mother and Daughter Walking in the Rain.  Charcoal drawing on 24 x 18 inch art paper.  The umbrella was painted with oil color.  This seasonal genre piece was drawn with considerable simplicity keeping the subjects in the middle of the scene; the red umbrellas create the focal point.  The subjects are holding hands while walking down the pathway with their umbrellas open and reflected on the walkway behind them.  Posters and giclee prints are available here.  Also can be found in the Living and Breathing page of my website.

Red Umbrella charcoal drawing

Red Umbrella
Red Umbrella.  Charcoal drawing on 24 x 18 inch art paper.  Created for an art collector who had seen a previous charcoal drawing with an umbrella I did years ago.  This piece is similar, but rather than a male subject, I used a female model.  This piece inspired the charcoal drawing above.