Thursday, September 24, 2009

Butler Gardens


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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, once again, galleries don't always get it right.

Cupcake Study

Oil on Linen

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