Monday, December 28, 2009

Solo Exhibition



2010 starts with a One Man Show (that sounds sexist...so I will call it a Solo Exhibition or One Person Show) at the Jewish Community Center, here in Indianapolis. The JCC has a very nice gallery space and I am pleased to be included as a featured artist. Thanks to Mindi Epstein and Lisa Freeman for all of their help and support. The opening (for those of you in the area) is Thursday, January 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. I have 15 works on display. Hope you can join me at the reception.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

October Reflections



Oil
24"x36"

The thinking behind this painting was to work with a limited palette and mute all of the colors. Lately, these more abstract works begin with a drawing that remains throughout the painting. I like the way line can break the shapes and patterns and the initial color helps pull the overall painting shapes and colors together. Some of the recent works are much more tactile and have been influenced by my other life as an etcher/printmaker.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bardstown Barn



Oil
16"x20"

A little break from the flat brush, this is a work, I wanted to complete from the Bardstown paint-out back in October. I enjoy driving the back roads and discovering an interesting subject to paint. This was late in the day with nice long shadows to break up the foreground field and road.

Sunset Reflections



SOLD
Oil
24"x36"

Another abstract landscape, continuing the abstract representation. I have had a few collectors express some interest in previous works that had the orange and red sky. So...here it is, bold and hot in color intensity. Tonalists beware! It may be more color than you are capable of seeing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Morning Mosaic



Oil
24"x36"
SOLD

This is an ongoing series of approaching the landscape subject in abstraction. Breaking it apart in terms of shapes, lines and colors.I also enjoy playing the warms against the cools, even within the same general color family.

Old Farmhouse



Oil
11"x24"

I have spent the last 2 weeks getting ready for upcoming shows, but managed to finish a few paintings. This was a nice warm up after being away from the studio for the Germany trip. Not what I saw in Germany, just a nice old farmhouse.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Michigan Shapes of Autumn




Oil
24"x36"
SOLD

Last month I was in Midland Michigan teaching a workshop and managed to take some photographs of their beautiful Autumn colors. Outside of town, shooting back East with the morning light coming through, I could see the darkened uprights and branches with the negative shapes of leaves and sky. It looked like a stain glass window. I didn't realize it was going to be this abstract untill I started painting and started to see the geometry of the colors and shapes. (Click on image for a larger view)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Color Quartet.......A Winner




Good News! I posted this painting in June and it was one of 2 paintings I had accepted into the 111th Annual Exhibit at the Richmond Art Museum. It received the Lucretia T. Carr Memorial Landscape Award and also the Allen and Carole Lakoff Brady Purchase Award. Very interesting exhibit...smaller than previous years. It was juried by Brian Lee Whisenhunt, Executive Director, Swope Art Museum.

Autumn at the IMA



Oil
9"x12"

Painted at the IMA this week with my class enjoying some of the last days of Fall. Enjoyed pushing the colors with the late Autumn display. The painting was completed in less than 2 hours as the cool temps were creeping lower. A plein air wimp I suppose.

Madison Main Street



Oil
14"x18"

Back from Germany and sad to say no sketches as promised. Valuable time with family and 2 grandchildren seemed like more fun. This is a painting I completed back in my studio after painting last month in Madison Indiana. The motel balcony was the painting spot as it looked West toward the river.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I will be out of the country for the rest of October visiting family in Southern Germany. So...no postings for a while. I will be doing sketches and watercolors when time allows, so please look in early November for sketchbook works from the trip.

Dow Gardens



Oil
11"x14"

This was the painting demo from the second day of the workshop at the Midland Center for the Arts. The painting session was at the Dow Gardens next to the Arts Center. Thanks again for the students that braved the early Fall weather and painted for 3-4 hours both days.

Class at Midland



I am back from teaching the weekend workshop at Midland Michigan. The workshop was a part of this Fall class offerings through the Midland Center for the Arts. A special thanks to Armin Mersman for the invitation to teach. We painted in the beautiful Dow Gardens right next to the Arts Center. Both days were clear with colder temperatures and the students proved to be real troopers. It was the 1st time to paint en plein air for most and their 2nd day results were very good. Thanks to the students that chose to participate and good painting, stay positive and...paint, paint, paint.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Whiskey Autumn in Bardstown



SOLD
Oil
16"x20"

This was my entry for the Bardstown Paint-out (see story below). It was one of those paintings that just seemed to flow. As it turned out, it was awarded Best Landscape for the Bardstown event.

Painting in Bardstown



Here I am after driving outside of Bardstown to find the perfect spot to paint. This was a 2 lane highway with just enough room to pull over, set up and paint. The trucks racing by just about blew me over and half way through the painting I look around to watch a speeding Camero hit the brakes, do a u-turn and speed back towards me. As I was thinking about dueling banjos in the movie "Deliverence" he pulled up to where I was, jumped out of the car and..... before I could ask him if I was trespassing, he asked if I was a professional barn and farm painter. He smiled, I gulped and said..."sure am." As it turns out, he is building a new barn up over the holler (don't ask me) and took my card. I asked if he would take a photograph of me painting and here it is.

Plein air painting...ain't it fun?

Bardstown Trees



Oil 20"x16"

This was one of the paintings I completed this last weel in Bardstown during their paint-out. It was their first time to sponsor an event like this, and very well planned. Great organization, prize money and right in the middle of the bourbon and whiskey industries. The town and nearby farms were interesting subjects to paint. An added perk was the evening receptions with good food and open bar. No end to the possibilities with so many great whiskeys and bourbons on the table. Hopefully more artists will attend this great event next year.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Butler Gardens



Oil
16"x12"

This is a painting of the gardens at Butler University. The area is behind Clowes Hall, nice and secluded, known only by the walkers and joggers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walking Bridge at IMA



Oil
12"x9"

This painting was done in my plein air class. It is the bridge on the back side of the museum that few people see. The shapes were interresting and I liked the road winding up through the tunnel. Darker values of the trees, contrasted by the sunlit opening on the other side. The work was completed in about 2 hours.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Graveyard for Three Tugboats



Oil
20"x16"

I thought this was a great subject. Painting East of Madison, Indiana over this last weekend. There they were...slowly rusting away, but standing tall and prowd. The whites were still bright as they caught the early sun and the shadows slowly moved across the shapes. One of the other painters said they looked like wedding cakes. The 20"x16" was quite managable. About as large as I want to go for en plein air painting. The painting was completed in less than 4 hours.

Painting in Madison



I painted in Madison for 2 days and followed other painters to an area East of Madison along the Ohio River to find this fantastic site to paint. Three huge tugboats pulled out of the river years ago to their final resting place. They stood high rusting in the weeds, but with a grand dignity above the junk spread around the area.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rad, Red Radishes



SOLD
Oil
12"x9"

Last week in my class, we painted the Sunflowers and it proved to be a bit overwhelming to complete in 3 hours, so last night I chose a more simple subject. There is something about those red, wet radishes in the market bin. The painting results were very good and on my demo, I experimented, using one of Scott Christensen's pre-mixed warm greys in the background mix of colors instead of the usual cool white. It did tie the hues together with some of the reds mixed into the mix.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

T. C. Steele Backyard



Oil
14"x18"

This was a painting completed during the T. C. Steele Paint Out in Southern Indiana. It was held at the beautiful grounds where T. C. Steele lived and painted. I was pleased with the result and didn't feel rushed with this sized canvas. A note on recent paint outs...I have noticed that the artists are painting on larger and larger canvases to gain attention for the judging. That doesn't mean that a larger work will win out over a smaller and better canvas, but the true spirit (in my opinion) of plein air and alla prima works is the beauty of the fresh brush work and composing and finishing in 2-4 hours. A little difficult when one is working on a 20"x30" and larger work. Good thing it wasn't a windy day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunflowers Abound



Oil
18"x24"

This is a still life that I set up for my painting class. I painted along with the class and finished it the next morning. Only the second painting of sunflowers I've done, the first on about 3 years ago. Interesting to see the difference in painting styles as this is much more painterly.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Reflections at the Lake



SOLD
Oil
36"x24"

This is a painting in the ongoing series of abstract landscapes. Instead of blending the various color notes, I have chosen to look at each area of color and paint it in geometric shapes with a variety of hues. It becomes a variation on the theme developed by the Impressionist painters. I also find it interesting to see the change of the color from the palette to the canvas and it's neighboring colors. Thank you Mr. Albers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

ThankYou Mr. Thiebaud



Oil on Linen
24"x18"

This was a painting I completed for the Karin Jurick blog...Different Strokes from Different Folks DSFDF. It is always fun to take a break from my usual subject matter and "take on" a totally new challenge. This subject was of special interest to me, because Wayne Thiebaud has always been one of my favorite painters and I have followed his work from the early 60s. I always thought history would place him among the "greats" of the POP art movement. His works from 1962 that were rejected by so many NY galleries are now selling for over $1,000,000...so once again, galleries don't always get it right.

Cupcake Study



Oil on Linen
8"x8"

This was a study for a larger cupcake painting from Karin Jurick's DSFDF painting blog.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Small World

I continue to be amazed at the internet and how it brings people together...and I'm not talking about chat rooms. Last week I received and email request from Irit Levy asking for permission to show one of my paintings (Landscape Mosaic) on her blog. She is a painter turned mosaic artist and does fantastic work. She posted her story today and if you are interested, you can see it here: http://iritlevyart.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/landscape-works-birch-trees/

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

October Hues



Oil
30"x24"
SOLD

The color experiment in this work was to contrast the hot reds against the deep blues and violets. The touch of green in the lower trees was to bring the color up from the surface greens.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

San Francisco Street



This is the latest assignment from the DSFDF . Karin posted a photograph that was quite a challenge to paint. It required major editing. There was a lot of stuff that didn't need to be painted. I remembered the Ken Auster tip from a workshop 3 years ago about having a warm side and a cool side of the street. I also took liberty to alter the sky color and introduce the late evening sky.

Oil
14"x18"

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Painting Demo

A Week of Trees



Oil
11"x17"

Friday night was my 2nd opportunity to do a painting demo at Clay Terrace. It was in front of the HOMExperience Store. Paul Estridge has been holding Friday night casual gatherings for artists and patrons to gather, have a glass of wine and listen to music. Nothing too complex in the 2 hr. demo here, and enjoyed the free brushwork, a glass of wine and talking to interesting people. A big thanks to Paul for setting this up.

Friday, July 24, 2009

In the Clearing




Oil
24"x18"

I had started this painting several weeks ago and had a good start, but didn't finish. I went on to some other paintings and worked a little more on this, but felt like I was just adding segments and before long, the work was too tight and the overall color was not what I had intended. This morning I came into the studio with a fresh look and approach. I mixed bigger pools of paint and several greys with the intention of liberal brush work. I painted over the entire canvas in 4 hours and stopped. I like the end result...it is not fussy, very direct and the color pulls together in an impressionistic style.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Citizens Thermal



Oil
11"x14"

The Citizens Thermal plant on the Southside of Indianapolis is a very interesting visual. It is huge and has dwarfed the area for years. In recent years though the city has expanded and now surrounds it on the East and North with Lucas Stadium, the Convention Center and the Marriot Hotel, shown to the right. It is a nice contrast of something that looks like the 19th Century and 21st Century buildings.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Just Waiting



This is the latest assignment from the DSFDF . The blog was set up by Karin Jurick with a distinct purpose for each photograph posted. The challenge this time around was to "get the human figure right." Good drawing is a must, but what I learned from Kim English in a recent workshop was to block in the shape of the figure early in the painting and continue to work the figure and the background at the same time. I thought the painting needed something in the foreground, so...I added Dooley from a photo when he was a puppy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monon Bridge Over the White River



SOLD
Oil
11"x14"

Went down at river's edge to look back up at the Monon Bridge crossing the White River. The early morning shadows were very interesting with the sun still East of the bridge. I really liked the patterns in the water and the various shapes created from shadows. The water as usual was pretty brown and I wasn't back far enough to see the sky reflected on the water's surface.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

August Workshop

INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER
The workshop information for the Art Center workshop is:

Plein Air Painting
All Levels
Jerry Points

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
August 3-August 7
Lab Fee (included): $17
Non-Member Price: $305
Member Price: $290

In this class you will learn how to interpret nature in terms of paint, using light and color to create form. The aim of the class is to teach you to think, see, and express light and form. Color relationships, design/composition, simplifying, and the benefits of painting indoors/outdoors will be discussed, as well as how to design and build a painting with visual impact. The class will offer demonstrations and individual instruction. We will focus on values, shapes, edges, and color as they relate to painting, working wet into wet. We will develop a painting from beginning to end and learn to complete a painting within a three hour session.

I-65 Over Capitol Ave.



Oil
11'x14"

This was a work that I painted with my class at the Stutz. We set up in the parking lot across the street, looking North on Capitol. I was pleased with the design of the vertical trees and the angle of the Interstate. Finished everything with a square brush.

Sky Over Rising Sun



Oil
24"x36"

After looking at this painting for several days, I felt there were some changes that were needed in the sky area at the top and I wanted to bring out the color near the horizon. So...the changes involved some glazing in both areas.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Reflections




Oil
9"x12"
SOLD

Class got rained out yesterday, so I went back to the studio and did this small color study.

Sky over Rising Sun



Oil
24"x36"

In May, I was attending a workshop in Rising Sun and late in the day the sky to the North started to form the most fantastic cloud formations and colors. The trees at the horizon formed a great silhouette against the lighter sky. I took several photographs as it changed every 15 seconds. And, finally, this June I started the studio painting. Although the trees in the photograph were one dark green hue, I introduced some lighter highlites and some violet at the base.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

FallScape



Oil
16"x20"

This painting was the result of an unusual painting gig. I was invited to do a demo painting at Clay Terrace shopping center. The complex has a new concept of businesses, restuarants, retail that allows people to walk around and enter from the street. A break from the mall concept. Anyway, people gathered to watch 2 painters and listen to live music while enjoying a glass of wine from the Estridge store, HOMEexperience. A big thanks to Paul Estridge, president, for sponsoring this Friday night activity. And, the purchase of 2 small paintings

The Flooded Wabash 2



SOLD
OIL
18"X24"

This is a second version of the Flooded Wabash. The first was completed 2 years ago after being in New Harmony and painting the flooded river. I usually don't try to come that close to an earlier work, but that painting was chosen for inclusion in the newly rennovated Eli Lilly and Company corporate offices. The first version was sold, so this was the 18"x24" selection. The work is a part of a collection of 8 Indiana painters in the new space.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Paintout in Zionsville



Margaret Hanke, one of the other painters in the Kim English workshop painted me from across the street where I was set up and sent me this photo.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Students Painting the Canal



Three of my students painting at the canal in Broad Ripple. Sandy, Connie and Karen. Just a reminder that I will be teaching a plein air workshop at the Indianapolis Art Center in August and again at the Stutz during the Fall. Classes will be posted in August on the Stutz Artists website.

Monday, June 15, 2009

LOVE Sculpture at the IMA



Oil
9"x12"

Set up in front of the sculpture at the IMA at 8:30 and completed the painting in 2 hours. Wanted to tighten the process after the Saturday morning painting. Basically: find the subject through the viewer, sketch it on the canvas, block in the big shapes, choose the color notes, lay in the color shapes, look for value and color contrast. add a few details with heavier paint, and clean up because the riding mower guy is headed my way.

Zionsville Farmer's Market



Oil
11"x14"

This was a painting I did last Saturday at the Zionsville Paint-out. I wanted to challenge myself after taking the Kim English workshop there, so the inclusion of people. Maybe missed creating a focus and too much color to please the judge, but I enjoyed the painting process and the activity of the colorful market.

Color Quartet



Oil
18"x24
SOLD

Some of my newer works have been on linen with a clear coat, so the result is the linen color. No orange underpainting on these and I've found that the paint looks darker, so adjustments are made in the final color notes.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Noblesville Paint-Out



This was the start of the Noblesville Paint-Out. I took a little longer on the drawing. Correct perspective is a must in urban paintings.

Noblesville Courthouse



Oil
11"x14"

This was done on the 2nd day. I liked the courthouse view from a block away and looking over the buildings to see the vertical tower of the courthouse. The paintings were juried Saturday and I was awarded an honarable mention.

Noblesville Barn



Oil
11"x14"

This was the Thursday painting I did for the Noblesville Paint-Out. The 3 day event was well organized combined with good weather. This was the barn just North of town.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Warm October



Oil
12"x18"

I experimented with a variation on my color choices and used the cool greens to contrast the warm chroma of the trees and sky.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pennsylvania Farm



Oil
11"x14"

This is the painting for the DSFDF blog. Karin gave the challenge of working from a B&W photograph. So, with no color reference to hold to, I cut loose with a play of contrasting colors. I really enjoy pushing the color and placing warm and cool color combinations together.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Reflections



Graphite
18"x14"

(Click on image for larger pic) This is a drawing I did after a 2 day workshop with Armin Mersmann in Rising Sun, Indiana. His work is fantastic, going well beyond what a photograph would provide. The drawing was completed in 20 hours, using mechanical pencils. Armin spends 20 hours on about 4 square inches, so this proves that I am not as compulsive as he is. Check his work out...you will be amazed.