Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quiet Pond 2

This was the last painting from my recent paint out with Plein Air Austin. I threw down a few color notes (I should have photographed them)and packed up. I printed out a pretty poor picture to work from and finished it up. I must admit I didn't use the photo a lot and that's a good thing. We were guests of a ranch in Buda, Texas.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quiet Pond

This was created during a recent paint out with Plein Air Austin. My focus was on water reflections. The property was beautiful with livestock in the distance, beautiful trees, and a meandering body of water.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Bird Watching

The title is about the bird in the lower right hand corner that appears to be watching this down on his luck fellow. The scene is from the downtown area of San Francisco. This person was sitting in front of a store with his spare change cup nearby.

8 by 8 inches $135.00 plus taxes and shipping.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Expression 3

A Facebook friend and colleague told me that yesterdays post was disturbing. That critique actually fit. These sketches are from the series called Waking the Dead.
I'm currently watching the first season. I love the lighting and the characters have interesting faces.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Expression 1

I recently finished a book on sketching fast. The author suggested sketching while the dvr or recording device was on pause. I did that yesterday while watching a little telly. My pause button works for about 10 minutes before I lose the still image. I worked small (3.5 by 5 inches) to get in a full image. I will call this series my expression series.

$40.00 plus shipping and taxes

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sing It

This young lady is part of the duo called Justif. They play frequently at our gallery openings. The crowd tends to stay around longer when we have music. The initial study was in ink. The first painting was a 5 by 7 watercolor. This is the first pastel version.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Can I Hide Behind You

This is a still life from 2000. I worked with oil pastels which in my opinion deserves a bit more respect. I worked from life a lot back then so the angles can be a bit distorted as I didn't always paint from the exact same position at my easel after taking breaks.

125.00 plus taxes and shipping

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Exploration Sketch

The first painting of the outing last weekend. The first painting for me is usually timid and unsure. At this stage I'm thinking about the scene more than feeling it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Distant Tree Stand

This was the second painting of the morning. I noticed the color on the trees and the nice consistent shadow line below them. My eyes have a macro way of drilling into a larger scene to pick out what moves me.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Part of The Landscape

A fellow painter engaging in the same struggle as me. This was the last painting of the day. It's fellow painter Ann Seago. Beautiful day of painting even if my hands were cold.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Food Not For Thought

I'm going through old paintings and getting them into storage. I reworked this one a little. The original final version was too fractured for me so I went back into it to unify some shapes. I like this version better. The scene is in Boston, MA downtown near Government Center. I love my time in New England. It was a good time.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Gentle Flowers

I am in the process of organizing and storing off site some pastel paintings. I finished this one in 2009. Yes I have them from that long ago sitting on tables and every other surface I can find in my living space. The goal this year is no more clutter.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Twilight Highway

On Monday evening I went for a little walk around my neighborhood. As I was walking back I saw this scene. I quickly sketched it using Copic Markers along the side of the road. Today at the gallery I worked from that sketch to produce this little painting.

8 by 8 inches
135.00 plus taxes and shipping

Friday, February 3, 2012

Rock Reflected Pastel

This painting is smaller than the plein air sketch that I worked from which is 12 by 16 inches. We were back at our rediscovered beach for this painting. I've noticed that very few people interrupt me when I'm painting on site. I wonder why that is. It's nice not to have to divide my attention when painting however it's good to have people engaged with your work.

8 by 8 inches
150.00 plus taxes and shipping

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shoal Creek 2

A sketch completed on site inspired this painting. I worked on it during gallery duty last weekend. I showed it to Marilyn and told her I wasn't satisfied with it. She said add branches. Thanks Marilyn.