Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unknown Boater


So...here is the finished product. I did keep it loose and went along with the squinting that seemed to distort the face. Changed the background reference, but kept the blue. The biggest challenge was to create some contrast in the face.

Unknown Boater

Supplied Photograph

This was the cropped photo I worked with for the DSFDF blog set up by Karin Jurick. The process was to send photos into Karin and paint the one coming back to you. So...I was paired up with a man on his boat (sorry, cropped that out), and with a photograph of the subject squinting. I found it easier working from someone I didn't know as I chose to paint quick and loose.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Sit Chair

Painted Metal Chair

I have started working on my entries for a theme exhibition of "CHAIRS." The exhibition will open in Gallery 10/11 at the Stutz the First Friday of February. My plan is to do several painted chairs as well as drawings and paintings using the chair as the main theme. There are six artists showing from very diverse backgrounds.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Durer Original Drawing

Albert Durer
Drawing of Mother 1514

Durer's Mother

Conte on Arches

This is my drawing for a new blog that Sheila Thornton has set up. It is called Old Master Copy. The intent is to work from Old Master drawings. It was an interesting process in getting into the head of Durer and try to understand what he was thinking. I took the liberty to alter the sketch with a softer conte vs. black charcoal. I never figured out what he was trying to do with the neck area. As with many artists in that period of time, the sketch or "cartoon" was a study for a more finished work in another medium.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Green Fields


This painting was a return to some earlier works I did after a workshop in Jackson Hole. The motivation was to push the abstract and look at shapes of the landscape elements and basically flatten the color and play warm against cool for added contrast.

Evening Silhoutte3


This is the final painting of this series. I changed the foreground on this as I wanted to create a sense of depth. Working on a larger canvas dictates a different approach sometimes from a smaller study and I didn't feel the flatter version of the fields in the previous 2 paintings would work as well.

Young Woman

Graphite on TwinRocker Paper

This is a drawing completed this week based on reference photos I am working on from Polina Osherov. Polina is a very talented photographer with her studio also here at the Stutz. The drawings are a series of works in preparation for the drawing workshops I will be offering at Stutz Art Space in January and February.

The drawing was done on hand-made paper made from TwinRocker Papers. Click on image for larger view.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Work Boots

Work Boots

12"x12" on Board

Latest offering for Karin's DSFDF. I liked the photo, so decided to give this one a try. Finished it in 3 hours, squinted, and increased the contrast. Liked the rugged look and painterly effect.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Evening Silhoutte 2


This was the second variation from the stock photo. I put the photo away and worked from my earlier study. I get bored easily and had no interest in making a copy, but chose to go with the flow and let it come to life. Much bolder...just can't stay away from that orange.

Evening Silhoutte 1


This was a painting I did as a demo for my last painting class. We worked from a stock photo. It was a very dramatic sky and a good exercise. We departed from the photo and every student finished with a good painting. The common element was color as we worked from a limited palette and I mixed the color for my demo and placed a small color note on each of their palettes. I usually don't work from photos, but with the weather change and the drama from this stock selection, I felt it was a good solution. Stock photo was only $10, with full copyright.

Sunday, November 16, 2008



"Reflections" is this weeks painting for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes For Diffeent Folks. After looking at the photographic reference, I thought the reflections, dynamic color changes, and overall contrast were very dynamic. I added to the mystery of the painting with the addition of the bartender, instead of the void in the photo.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Quiet Time

Red and White Conte

This drawing was completed in the Stutz Art Space Open Figure Drawing session, held every Thursday at the Stutz. I wanted to try the 2 color conte on toned paper as I will be demonstrating the technique in my workshop scheduled for January. The drawing time was 1 1/2 hours.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tuscany Field


I saw an image on a TV commercial this past week that reminded me of some of the photos I had in my reference file. Being into big skies and clouds this week, it was fun to work the composition and twist the color a bit.

Ocean View


This reference came from Hawaii. I was there 2 years ago painting on the Big Island and walked up onto the golf course at the ressort. This was the main view from the tee. I took liberty this week to change a few things and add the beach. The green and flag are gone. Brought back some nice memories.

View From the Beach


I've been on a cloud binge and have looked over some of my photo references. This one was enjoyable, and I was trying to capture that big sky effect and the time of day when the shadows reveal nice color in the shadows.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Capitol View


Another small work from the Karin Jurick, Different Stroke From Different Folks. A difficult challenge working from the photo reference. My decision was to make a change in color from the very cool, blue reference. As I tell my students that want to work from photos, it is so difficult to sense the space and depth that plein-air painting sessions provide. On the other hand, in this case, security may frown from a painter setting up an easel in this location.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

They Call It Mellow Yellow


This is a painting completed Sunday after several changes in color. The style is impressionistic with very evident brush work showing. In many areas the underpainting color is seen between brush strokes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Here's Lookin' at Ya

Oil 9"x12""

This is the 2nd attempt this week for the Karin Jurick, "Different Strokes From Different Folks. The 1st painting is 6"x8" and is posted on her site.If it doesn't sell before the Stutz Holiday Show,November 21, I will have it in the exhibit for $100 (unframed) $50 will be donated to the Indy organization, Care for Kids.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cloud Gate Sculpture


The latest painting in the Karin Jurick's...Different Strokes for Different Folks. A nice challenge to get the reflections following the bean-like form. I did take the liberty to straighten the buildings in the background as the photo was quite skewed and not what the eye would see.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tastey Dessert


It happened on the way to class. Flowers for my painting class were chosen, ready to check out, when I glanced in the direction of the colorful desserts in the case. Hmmm and Mmmm at the same time. A change of plan as I chose an assortment of goodies. It was enjoyable and a challenge to paint and our theme for the night was we eat what we paint. Next week it will be wine, bread and cheeses. Never to late to join the class.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Three Whites


This is my submission this week for the Karin Jurick...Different Strokes From Different Folks. A fun project and one that has brought a lot of artists together.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Keystone Bridge


This was a painting I completed for my class. It was the first meeting, so we actually painted from a photographic reference. Not ideal, but lessons to be learned, especially in editing. They got a great start and I will look at the end products tomorrow when we meet on the actual canal and paint en plein-air.

Ride Along the Canal


This was a plein-air painting I did over the weekend along the Broad Ripple Canal. The challenge was to create an interesting contrast among the shapes of the buildings and the nature and activity along the canal.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Checking Out the Movies


This painting was completed for the new: http://differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com. The blog and concept were set up by Karin Jurick. Take a look at the many variations on the photograph she furnished.

Friday, September 12, 2008

September Sun


This painting was more of a color study, using a different palette of color. I love the rich, warm colors achieved.

Into the Woods


This was the painting I completed at the New Harmony Paint-Out last April. It won a merit award, but after hanging it in my gallery and seeing it every day, I decided to go back into it with major changes in the sky. I also increased the darks in the wooded area.

Friday, August 29, 2008

House at IMA


This was the final painting session from my class. We painted from the shade, looking toward one of the Lilly houses on the grounds of the IMA. The challenge was to capture the light of late evening and keep the house simple, looking for light/dark and warm/cool contrasts. I took the liberty to change the sky to a warmer yellow rather than the blue, but kept the same value. The class did a great job considering this was only their 5th painting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Entry at the IMA


This was a 2 hour painting a day before the class. After working on this for an hour, I decided this would be too hard for the beginning class as it is a difficult architectural shape to draw and paint. So, tomorrow night we will keep it a little more simple.

Sculpture at the Art Center


This was a painting completed with my class. We painted for 2.5 hrs and tried to capture the late light on the trees and sculpture. The background was simplified, trying to create atmospheric perspective.

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Gallery/Studio

Many of you are not aware that I have moved my studio at the Stutz to a bigger space in the B Building. The new studio is B300 and it will give me about 600 sq ft of gallery space and a well lit studio. It took several weeks to prepare and move and I am really enjoying the new space. For the First Friday in October the artists on the B Floor are having openings in their studios. More to follow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pond Fountain at Butler


This was a painting completed at the Butler campus with my class of 6 students. The class is going well, students showing improvement in this 3rd week.

Fountain at Butler


Back from Germany and enjoying some plein air painting with my class at the Stutz. I spent 2 weeks moving my studio to a new well lit space including more room for a gallery. I will post pics later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Trees on the Hill


This is another small study with liberal brush work and heavier paint application. Leaving for Germany for 2 weeks and will be doing some watercolors. Will post when I return.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Late Summer

Completed this painting today as an attempt to play up the strong contrasts in the trees and sky, looking from the shaded side. After working on a commission for several days, this was a nice 2 hour break.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Show Invite

Postcard for Exhibition

Three Person Exhibition. We finished hanging the show today and the opening is set for Friday night. The show will be up through June. The theme was: ACT 3. We wanted to show what three men can do after we leave those nasty old day jobs. Now, the only IRAs we invest in is (Individual Retirement Art)

Sunset On the Wabash


This is the final painting from the Wabash River series. Interesting to work in larger formats. This was a 30"x40" canvas and as usual, the painting takes on a life of its own in the painting process. I went with brighter colors that the previous two works. The feedback I got in my studio was positive, so I decided to enter it as one of my two entries in the Hoosier Salon. Whoops...wrong choice. It was rejected. Bummer, but that is the way juried shows go...completely subjective. Oh well, I'll try again next year. I had been pretty lucky anyway, winning awards in the last three shows.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Flooding Wabash 2


This was the 2nd painting from the same location in New Harmony. I ended up making several changes in the studio after I returned. I liked the brush work on this one and the color adjustments I made.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Flooding Wabash


Well...I have been a little busy with the Stutz Open House, but wanted to share some work done the week before the big show. I attended the New Harmony paint-out and a 4 day painting workshop led by Debra Huse. A good painter, a good teacher and a new friend. Debra is an Indianapolis native but works and paints in California. Check out her site at: www.debrahuse.com. I enjoyed the workshop and this is one of the paintings we did near the end of the workshop. We may try to bring her into the Stutz Art Space next year for a workshop, so if you are interested, please contact me through my web site: www.jerrypoints.com.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Early Morning Mist


This painting was a low key example I painted for my class at the Stutz Art Space. I have them working on a limited palette and wanted to demonstrate how to grey down color without the use of black. When I taught color theory years ago, I used the Munsell theory which is based on color relating to 10 values of white to black. The problem is translating that as many of us choose not to include black with our color choices. The cool or warm greys from mixing complimentary colors were good discoveries by all. Good results, lesson learned.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

October Palette


Well, it has been too long between paintings, but have been working on the Stutz Association business. We just completed our grand opening of the new STUTZARTSPACE gallery with 400-500 attending. And, now more graphic work to do for the April Open House. I have 4 works in the 4th Street Gallery in Covington, Indiana. A beautiful new gallery on the town square. October Palette was another attempt at being more abstract. Painting with a large flat doesn't give one many choices and that was good. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Trees at the Lake


This is a painting I had started and put away for a couple of weeks as it was not working as well as I wanted. When I decided to go back into it, I was a little more liberal with my brush strokes and saw a need for contrast. Sometimes it helps to get away from a larger work and come back to it with fresh eyes.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Yellow Lily


This was a painting I completed prior to my painting class at the StutzArtCenter in Indianapolis. I wanted to show how a still life subject would appear with a dark value for the background. The painting was completed in 1.5 hours starting with color notes painted in and observing the changes as each subject was added. The final work in the last 15 minutes was thicker paint with some color adjustment and liberal brush work. The class responded with finished paintings within the 3 hour period.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dusk Delight


This is a new work completed this week for an upcoming show in March. I will be a part of the Stutz Artists Association Members Exhibition in the new StutzARTspace Gallery. It is always a challenge working on a square format. All of the works in the exhibit will be the same 16"x16" size.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Evening Service


I started this painting Friday with the intent of doing something different in color and just getting out of a comfort zone. Instead of my usual choice of colors I decided to use the invasive thalo blue, napthol red, and a few supportive colors. I finished it up Saturday with a little more contrast and a color contrast with a warmer color in the sky. My underpainting wich drove the darker approach was thalo blue and burnt umber. Not much fuss and completed it under 3 hours.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fall Trees


Fall Trees was a quick study I did before working on a series with similar composition and color. What I like about some of the small studies is that the brush work is so free. And because of the time constraints, it becomes a no fuss put it down and leave it alone. The challenge is to carry this look to the larger, in studio works.