Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Perfect Day Ending

Perfect Day Ending
The end of a perfect day.   Lapstrake wooden sailboat idle in calm shallow water.  Sails are struck.  Oil on linen painting 20 x 16 inches.  The lighting for this photo shows the impasto layers painted with palette knives in an impressionist mood.  The boat was completed with brushes.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Girl With a Horse

Girl With a Horse
Girls have some kind of attraction to horses.  This charcoal drawing was done on 17 x 14 inch 100 lb. Strathmore Bristol paper.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Guardian

The Guardian

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S.   It's a day to remember military women and men who died while serving in the Armed Forces.  This drawing is a 12 x 12 inch done with bone black dry pigment mixed with water and dry charcoal on watercolor paper.  

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Tire Swing

Tire Swing

Simple symbolism of youth.   A tire swing hung from a strong limb of an Oak tree.  Everyone has pleasant memories of hanging out by a tire swing, getting pushed by parents and our friends - higher and higher!  This was painted with oil colors on a 16 x 12 inch linen panel with thick impasto brush strokes in an impressionism mood.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bridge at Milton

Bridges.  There are many ways to guide the viewer to focus on the subject of a painting - color, position, line, depth, etc.  Bridges in art can help facilitate geometric perspective in a composition.  The eye focuses in a somewhat narrow area at any one time.  Lines are drawn to lead the viewers attention to conquer this dilemma;  in this case a bridge can be the lines to lead the attention to the subject.  There are a many examples of this - many bridges in paintings.  A couple more famous pieces include Alfred Sisley's (1872) Bridge at Villeneuve-la-Garenne and Claude Monet's  Bridge at Argenteuil (1874).  

Bridge at Milton (above) is 20 x 16 inches, oil on linen.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Shrimp Boats

I painted 2 shrimp boats with oil on a 24 x 12 inch wooden panel leaving the natural wood grain serve as the background.  The natural grain allows for imaginary water and sky.  I'll probably eventually add nets hanging from the vertical poles, but for now,  set it aside and add a few more details later.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fishing Without Bait

Fishing Without Bait

Charcoal and watercolor on 10 x 10 inch paper on panel (Aqua-Fuse from Signature Canvas).  Child wearing a hat while fishing without bait with toy fishing pole as parents and two ducks watch nearby.  Sign reads, "No Fishing."