Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Stand-Off"

10 x 10"
oil on panel


I've spent the last three days working on this new painting - all the while trying to find something to binge-watch after finishing Lost.  I tried several and poo-pooed all of them before settling on The Walking Dead.  Good one to paint to, I must say.

This moment happens more than you think - a viewer stands in front of Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'Portrait of Balzac' and naturally takes the same pose.  Especially men.  It's like a stand-off.

From the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Dropped Buy"

8 x 10"
oil on panel


A new painting featuring one of my favorite paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago - Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks'.  On a bench that faces this Hopper, I sit and watch people's reactions and I swear, I want to shout out loud when someone passes it by without so much as a glance.  "It's a MASTERPIECE!'  I want to scream.  

There are those who stop and stare, those smart ones.  Like this fellow, who dropped his bag to share my awe.

Please click here for a larger view and purchase information thru the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Immobile"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


And now, for your moment of Zen.

A woman choosing to be idle for the time being.

From Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.




Monday, October 6, 2014

"Flower Power"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


Geezaloo.

I'm back from the dead.  Mostly.

I brought back a nasty cold from my trip to Chicago, despite all that diligent hand-washing. It knocked me out for the week.  All I could muster was laying around watching post-season baseball.  My brain is working a little better today.

Back to the paints with this new piece - a young woman admiring Georgia O'Keeffe's  'Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy' in the Art Institute of Chicago.






Monday, September 29, 2014

Chicago



I've just returned from my favorite city - Chicago.

Perfect weather, thank you so much Mother Nature.

The sculpture is one of four in Millennium Park by the artist Jaume Plensa - on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his Crown Fountain, pictured below, which features 1000 portraits of local Chicago residents.




GREAT city.  You must go.

I'll start painting as soon as I get caught up.




Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Bella Donna"

6 x 9-1/2"
oil on panel


Today I delivered this new painting to Anne Irwin Fine Art for a group show opening tomorrow night.  This is a scene from Little Italy in New York City, a pretty woman I spotted relaxing outside one of the restaurants on Mulberry Street.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"True Grit"

10 x 10"
oil on panel


This new painting will be one of three included in the Hilton Head Art Auction taking place on November 8th and hosted by the Morris & Whiteside Gallery.

I wanted to paint a museum scene and chose one of my personal favorite paintings, Andrew Wyeth's famous 'Christina's World', which hangs in New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

Please click here for a larger view and contact information for the Morris & Whiteside Gallery if you are interested in registering in the auction.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Royalty"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I was in the mood for something calm to paint yesterday and the horizontal stripes of grey-blue caught my eye and I zoomed in on these cool birds.  It took time to find out just what kind of birds are in the foreground - they are the North American version of the Lesser Crested Tern, which is primarily African, called the Royal Tern.  How cool.

From Hilton Head Island during low tide, two Royal Terns mingle with other shore birds.




Friday, September 12, 2014

"Curvy"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold 

I finished just in the nick of time.  The cracking of thunder over my painting hut means time to turn off the computer and go home.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a curvy woman admiring a curvy woman in Joseph Stella's 'A Vision'.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Shape Up"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


From the second floor in the American Art Gallery, one of six 'Chicago Panels' by Ellsworth Kelly hangs above patrons standing in line for an exhibit in the Art Institute of Chicago.


Friday, September 5, 2014

"Hat Day"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


A patron enjoys some French Impressionism in the Art Institute of Chicago.  In full view is 'Young Girl With Hat' by Berthe Morisot.




Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Under The Dome"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


The sculpture 'Cloud Gate' in Millennium Park reflecting the Chicago skyline, visitors and the clouds above.


As I was going thru earlier photos of Chicago, back in 2004, on Halloween, Brett and I were at the new 'Cloud Gate' when about 50+ Star Wars fanatics descended on the scene.  People loved it, the guards, not so much.



Just thought you'd get a kick out of that.




Saturday, August 30, 2014

"Ticket Please"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I l-u-r-v-e this painting.

And I loved this whole afternoon holed up in my little hut, away from the traffic jams and long lines and crowds of sweating people all over this city.

That's my idea of a holiday.

A visitor waiting at the ticket counter in the lobby of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"A Casual Look"

9 x 12'
oil on panel
sold


Brand-new, hot of the easel, a woman looks closely at Grant Wood's iconic 'American Gothic' in the Art Institute of Chicago.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

"The Blues"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Often I am asked how I am so prolific with painting.  First there's motivation and mine, right now, is to raise enough money to take a trip to Chicago in September.

As for prolific - I have a simple method - I find something to binge-watch while I'm painting.  I once finished 32 paintings in 2 months while watching the entire series of The Sopranos.  I kid you not.  The trick is, I stay put in my seat and cut out any distractions except what's on the tube and on my easel.

Lately,  I've gone thru Top of the Lake, Durham County and now Lost.  I will take this opportunity to plug Roku, which streams in Netflix and tons of others.  

And that's my method of cranking out painting after painting.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman in blue views Claude Monet's 'Irises'.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Shorter Version"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I wanted to do a larger version of this scene, so I thought I'd get a better idea of colors and composition with a smaller study first - then I got a bit carried away.  That's what happens with painting a Sargent, it's mesmerizing.

From the Art Institute of Chicago, a woman stands before John Singer Sargent's 'Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)', one of my personal favorite paintings in the museum.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

"A Look Of Disapproval"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


A museum visitor getting a seemingly disapproving look from 'Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle' by Vincent Van Gogh.  She does look a little disheveled.

 From the Art Institute of Chicago.




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"How Thoughtful"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I'm so very pleased with this painting I did today.  It's just the right balance of tight and loose.  Yay.

From the side garden outside of the Art Institute of Chicago.




Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Mercato"

12 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I was in the middle of painting this piece earlier in the year and had to put it aside to jump on paintings for a group show and frankly, I forgot about it.  I discovered it a few weeks ago in my storage area and decided to finish it.

This was a scene from No. Market Street, in Charleston, South Carolina - just across the street from the Charleston City Market.  The restaurant is now closed, but I did see a new French restaurant took it's place.






Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Purple Bell"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


I thought I'd take the day off of painting but that would mean cleaning the house. 

I did, however, take a break from painting people.  In fact, anything that required sketching out first. It's nice to just start painting freely.

My recent acquisition at the local farmer's market - a lovely, vividly-purple bell pepper.





Friday, August 8, 2014

"The Day's News"

5 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


There is a place I like to go to fuel up before I hit the Art Institute of Chicago, just a few blocks from the front steps.  And it's always a great people-watching spot.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

"A Rainy Night in Chicago"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


This was a tough one.

I started out wanting to keep it very impressionistic and loose, then I started painting in each window like a nutball - took a break for dinner - came back to it and forced myself to paint the remainder with a wide brush.  I'm kinda amazed I finished it, and just the way I pictured it in my head in the beginning.  Yay.

This view is from a high floor in the Fairmont Hotel on North Columbus Drive - on a very rainy night in the city.  You can make out the Sheraton Towers on the right with its glowing tower.




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Red Heads"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I spent my high school years in a suburb of Chicago and I'd occasionally cut school and spend the day in the city where I'd prowl the Art Institute of Chicago all morning, meet my dad for lunch, go back to the museum, then ride the train back to the suburbs with my day around 6.  My idea of a perfect day.

This Renoir painting, 'Two Sisters (On the Terrace) is a crowd pleasure, one of his most-recognizable oils.   And yes, this really happened. 




Monday, August 4, 2014

"Bare Market"

11 x 11"
oil on panel
sold


I spent all weekend and today on a couple of paintings that had a deadline date - including this new piece that may be included in the Hilton Head Auction in November, unless it sells before.  I wouldn't argue that.

Inside the Museum of Modern Art in New York City - women admire Picasso's masterpiece 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon'.   In case you didn't know, his title is a reference to a street in Barcelona famous for its brothel.

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 4 x 6"
oil on panel


This is a smaller painting I am donating to a charity auction taking place in Connecticut in October.

Now I move on to more Chicago scenes and a start on an upcoming solo show in Atlanta sometime in November.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Benched At Wrigley"

7 x 5"
oil on panel
sold


I'm starting a fundraising effort for a return trip, in the fall, to my favorite city Chicago.  

This taken from the side of the famous Wrigley Building, on Michigan Avenue - a couple of weary tourists resting on the bench in the shade.

More Chicago scenes to follow.  I thank you for your bids.