Archive for the ‘Still Life’ Category

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Flyer with Gourds

January 4, 2018

Flyer Jr with Gourds – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

I had created a painting of an empty red wagon. It was requested by and displayed at a gallery for several months. The gallery swapped out the painting. Back at my studio, I pondered about the painting now setting in my inventory. I decided to modify the painting by improvising and adding pumpkins. I utilized some pumpkins from our garden ts models. I like the results.

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.

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Sunspot Jr. and Pumpkin with Water Can

December 30, 2017

Sunspot Jr. – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

One of the classes I conduct is for Studio Painting in Oil (and Acrylic). Trying to cater to my students interest, I aim to offer one landscape and one still life option at class each week. As if that is not enough strain for an instructor, I also have each scene started on small canvases to help my students visualize a looser beginning to their paintings. Once I get back into my studio, I like to complete the works for sale through my studio or by the galleries which represent my work.

Pumpkins and Water Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

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Candy Canes and Christmas Package

December 24, 2017

Candy Cans and Ornaments – Oil on Canvas Panel – 10″ x 8″

Christmas greetings from my studio to you.

Christmas Package and Ornaments – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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September Apples

December 5, 2017

September Apples – Oil on Linen Panel – 12″ x 9″

I host a class called Open Studio. It is a combination of painters in oils and acrylics. Every week I offer an option of a still life set up (live) or a landscape (photo resource). The first week of class, following a brief discussion concerning the format of the class, I begin a painting to help the students understand how to start their paintings.

Most times, the start is good enough to help my students feel comfortable and eager to start their own paintings. Usually, by the time I get home, I wipe off  the start and save the canvas for another day. This day however, the start was good enough to keep me working it through most the class. It needed a couple minor tweaks back at the studio. Good enough that one of the galleries has requested a consignment to sell the work.

 

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2

November 15, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 2 – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

While out of town on vacation, I received a call from one of  the galleries which represent my artwork. They called to let me know that they sold a painting which I had recently finished. The gallery assumed that I had the painting at my studio and could forward the work upon my return to Rockford. Slight problem. The work in question was currently on consignment with another gallery.

I offered to create a painting similar to the desired painting, but with a kicker. The gallery contacted the buyer-to-be and offered the deal. The buyer agreed to consider the idea. Upon return to Rockford, I set off to work on this painting. As soon as the painting was finished, I forwarded a photo to the gallery. Response was that the buyer was very interested, get the work to the gallery as soon as possible. A sigh of relief when word came back that the buyer was thrilled with this painting.

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Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3

November 9, 2017

Milk Bottle and Blossoms 3 – Oil on Linen Panel – 10″ x 8″

I grew some Sunflowers in the garden this year. Always a treat for the many songbirds that visit. One morning, I noticed that a squirrel had damaged a stem on one of the plants. The branch drooped and the blossoms did not look to good. Decided to cut and trim the branch and bring the blossoms into the house. I figured we might get a few hours out of the group.

Within a couple hours, the blossoms were back up and looking good. I decided to use them for a painting. Started this late in the day and was unable to finish the painting. Almost wiped out the work because the blossoms were all on the same plane and facing my light source. I decided to think about it overnight.

The next day was nice and I went out to paint en plein air. It was almost two days before I was able to get back to this painting By then, time and nature intervened. The blossoms sagged a bit and gave me alternation for the design. I incorporated the changes. Happy with the outcome.