Posts Tagged ‘candle’


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.



Mini’s – January

February 7, 2015

Something new for 2015. Mini’s are small oil paintings created on gessoed Arches 140″ Cold Pressed paper. Available at a low price, these works fit easily into ready made photo frames.

Hammer - 150118; Oil 6" x 4"

Hammer – 150118; Oil 6″ x 4″

Candle #150105 - Oil 6" x 4"

Candle #150105 – Oil 6″ x 4″

Apple #150107; Oil 6" x 4"

Apple #150107; Oil 6″ x 4″

Chianti Bottle #150110; Oil 6" x 4"

Chianti Bottle #150110; Oil 6″ x 4″

Tissues #150111; Oil 6" x 4"

Tissues #150111; Oil 6″ x 4″

Tea Pot #150114; Oil 6" x 4"

Tea Pot #150114; Oil 6″ x 4″


Christmas 2014

December 30, 2014
Christmas 2014; Oil on Canvas 10 x 8

Christmas 2014; Oil on Canvas 10 x 8

Sorry for the delay. Had this painting done and this post ready for a short commentary. Had intended to post this a week ago. Then life happened and in the rush to finish all preparations for the Christmas, I forgot to publish this post.

A belated greeting of Merry Christmas to all of you that follow my posts. Thank you and may you all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015.



Candle and Teddy Bear Redux

December 13, 2011

Candle and Teddy Bear, Oil on Canvas 14" x 11"

As we move from autumn to winter, I find that I am spending more time in the studio. Over the summer and early autumn I spent more time outside and tended to neglect housekeeping  in the studio. A week ago, I  decided that some organization and clean up was in order. In the process, I opted to clear the studio of a few paintings. A few “clinkers”. Paintings that I realize are not good enough. About couple dozen such works.  The nice thing with oil paints is that you can apply gesso over old, unsuccessful works and start afresh. For now, each evening before leaving the studio, I grab a few paintings, apply gesso and leave them to dry overnight. Within a few days, I will have less inventory of paintings and a greater inventory of “blank” canvases ready for me to paint.

As I was clearing out the clinkers, I came across this work. I created this from life last year during the Christmas season. Before destroying this work, I decided to take some time and play with it first. A few touches of paint to the front side of the table. Brighter, more intense colors to the ornaments, greens and candle. Then, darken up the background. I have attached an image of the original design for your comparison.

Candle and Teddy Bear - Original