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Pot and Rose Buds

April 16, 2018

Pot and Rose Buds – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

On a visit to a local antique mall, I picked up this brown pot. I realized that it could yield some interesting reflections. Began to put together a still life grouping. After I started to play with folds in the fabric, I decided to remove some of the items. By reducing the set up to the pot, I could really play with the folds in the cloth and the resulting reflections. Initially, the set up only included the pot and pink roses. As I was nearing completion, we decided to add the purple flowers to add a change of color.

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Calm Morn

April 11, 2018

Calm Morn – Oil on Canvas -22″ x 28″

During the deep cold of January, I worked this painting from a plein air sketch completed last summer. I took liberties with removal of a railroad bridge and some trees. Augmented the effect of sun pouring across the ripened fields.

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Boone Barns

March 26, 2018

Boone Barns – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Flipping through a stack of old watercolor paintings, I came across a farm scene. I decided to utilize the original design and do some cropping to generate this design. Once sketched onto the canvas, I set out to paint the scene quickly. Basically had this done in less than a day (which is fast for me).

Over the next couple days, I decided to make a major change before calling it complete. Initially created as white barns, I decided to alter the design to amend the work to aged, red buildings. For such a stark bare scene, I think it works better.

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Because Tradition

March 22, 2018

Because Tradition – Oil on Canvas – 16″ x 20″

Visited an antique store with my son. Found an interesting silver tea pot at a very attractive price. Sent a photo to my wife for her opinion. Helen replied “No.” Later, found a more interesting pot. Again, I sent a photo. Helen replied “No. We already have one”. I was puzzled. I do not recall having one in the collection of still life props.

Later that evening, Helen showed me the tea pot. It was part of a silver set given to us at our wedding by her brother. It’s tradition. I requested that Helen set up a still life. Getting the base color of the silver was a challenge. Had to go through a couple ideas to get comfortable with the background. The configuration of cardboard and canvases to shield the set up from the other light sources had the studio in disarray.

Happy with the results.

 

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Truck at Sisson’s

March 18, 2018

Truck at Sisson’s – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This past summer I created a plein air painting at the entrance to a farm. Although I had often seen a truck at the farm, the day I created the painting, the truck was away. The truck had side panels that were obstructive, which was the reason I had passed this opportunity.

I am happy with the plein air painting. A few weeks ago, I gave thought to the painting and decided to play with the idea of improvising a truck into the scene. This is the result.

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Apples and Marble Jar / Boone Outbuilding

March 16, 2018

Apples and Marble Jar – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Rebuilding inventory of these small paintings. The galleries do well with these as point-of-purchase displays. Both of these were started as demonstrations for my Oil painting students. The barns were gleaned from a watercolor painting created a few years ago. The jar with the marbles was a fun find when I was at an antique mall looking for something else.

Now, to finish a few more of these before I make a delivery in a couple weeks to a gallery preparing for the summer season.

Boone Outbuilding – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Teapot Reflections and Tea Kettle

March 1, 2018

Teapot Reflections – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Worked these two designs for my oil painting students. Although both designs use the same elements in the same formation, the format makes a dramatic difference. I urge my students to quickly work at least six thumbnails of the scene. Designs can be worked panning out, zooming in, crop, horizon up, horizon down, alter the format (ex. 8″ x 10″ vs 8″ x 16″, etc.). This forces an artist to look beyond the initial excitement and beyond the obvious. Often I find that the second or third is design is a stronger composition and offers a better opportunity. I find that instead of one painting, I have up to half a dozen or more good opportunities. I do this and hope to convince students of the success. Unfortunately, this lesson is too often neglected by students.

Tea Kettle – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″