Posts Tagged ‘cloth’

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Flowers in the Can and Flowers in a Pot

June 20, 2018

Flowers in the Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 16″ x 8″

Twice a year, Rockford holds ArtScene, an event intended to showcase the works of area artists. The event runs Friday and Saturday from late afternoon through the evening. One challenge is that generally 35 to 40 venues scattered around the city host artists. Another of the difficulties is that the event gets very little useful notice or promotion from the local media (sorry, but a photo in the Sunday paper or a short film clip on the Saturday late news, does not help). A few artists post invitations to their friends, but attendance is spotty.

The most recent event was challenging and we knew before the event started. Weather was predicted to be rainy and cold, not conducive for folks that might attempt to visit multiple venues. Rather than risk sitting around all weekend doing nothing, I decided to use a portion of my space to place a small Still Life display, set up my French Easel and create a painting during the event. I thought that my painting demonstration might stir up interest in my art and perhaps result in an off-the-easel sale. The painting, Flowers in the Can (above) was created Friday night. It was so much fun that I tackled the larger, Flowers in a Pot (below) on Saturday night (close to finish on Saturday, but needed a few finishing touches at home).

As any plein air artist knows, painting in public leaves one very vulnerable to comments. Several people did not realize that I had the display set up and wondered if I was making these paintings up out of my imagination. One person asked if I was painting in watercolors. I replied that these were oils, her response was that she felt that I should be painting in acrylics.  There were additional interesting comments, but I will refrain from sharing at this time.

Slow weekend. No sales, but I did walk away with two good paintings from the event. I plan to paint again at the next ArtScene this October. Hopefully to more favorable financial results.

 

Flowers in a Pot – Oil on Canvas Panel – 24″ x 12″

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Copper and Blue

June 19, 2018

Copper and Blue – Oil on Canvas – 20″ x 16″

On a trip to a local antique mall, I came across a copper tea kettle. Good condition. It was very dirty, but it was offered at an attractive price. After getting it home, I used some bartenders polish on it. May have removed too much of the patina, but so what. Great reflective qualities.

Used the pot and flowers in the blue vase as a prop for a quick, little demo in my Oil Painting class. Decided to work this opportunity a little further and add a few more elements. Loved working the folds of the cloth. Happy with the motion in this work. That is, the raw shapes of the Still Life elements and the flow created by the shadows in the background. Getting the “color” of the copper was a tough task. I am happy with the results.

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Chianti and Cronies

April 25, 2018

Chianti and Cronies – Oil on Canvas – 24″ x 18″

I started with the idea of putting the Chianti bottle, glass of wine (or, in this case, Cranberry juice) and grapes together for a still life. It needed something more. A stronger vertical could be had with a candle. I had to dig through a few boxes of props to find this candlestick holder. It needed more. I played with the tablecloth to get this play of folds. I liked it and was ready to start when my wife intervened. Helen felt that the set up needed something on the left side. In came the small blue vase and flowers. Challenge after challenge to complete this work in time to deliver to a gallery for the start of their season.

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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.