Tuesday, August 19, 2014

B-25 Mitchell - In Progress: Day 16

B-25 Mitchell  |  20 x 60  |  oil on canvas


















Underpainting complete. Historically with in progress posts I've held off on presenting any new images once the underpainting is done. I'll follow that pattern again with this piece and wait until the painting is finished for a final reveal. At that point I'll use my "good" camera for the shot then spend some serious time using Photoshop to color match the image as closely as I can to the original.    


Saturday, August 16, 2014

B-25 Mitchell - In Progress: Day 13

B-25 Mitchell  |  20 x 60  |  Oil on canvas




















Karen's mother passed away last Monday. I think she was fortunate in that she didn't suffer too much and was surrounded by her family throughout her illness. We've been slowly easing back into our life, and painting has proven to be a source of comfort during those painful last few weeks. 

During those times when we were at home I've been working towards the nose. The last of the fuselage has been laid in as well as the framework supporting the glass and some of the interior as well. I'm hoping to have the first pass of this painting completed in a couple of days, then it's on to the refinement layer(s). 


Saturday, August 09, 2014

B-25 MItchell - In Progress: Day 6

B-25 Mitchell  |  20 x 60  |  Oil on canvas


















Had time to lay in the top turret, windows and side guns.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

B-25 Mitchell - In Progress: Day 4

B-25 Mitchell  |  20 x 60  |  Oil on canvas


















I've been working on this painting for C. K. Contemporary for a few days now. I had planned for it to be included in their still life show September 6th (it's not a traditional still life I know, but I'm calling it one anyway) but I have some serious doubts that I'll make their deadline. One, it's a large painting and secondly Karen and I are currently dealing with a serious family health issue which has required us to spend a lot of time away from home. I have to admit it's nice to have this to work on when we are home. Concentrating on the act of painting helps to divert my attention away from our current situation. 


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Cape Cod - 2014

Karen taking pictures on the grounds of the Whalewalk Inn

























Karen and I traveled up to Cape Cod last week to attend our two person show at Tree's Place Gallery. We flew out of Atlanta early Thursday morning, picked up a car at the airport in Boston and headed out onto the cape. Mockingjay, the third volume of the Hunger Games, was on the CD player, healthy snacks were on hand and the weather was fantastic.

Our first stop was to drop off our gear at the Whalewalk Inn. It's a terrific B&B in Orleans and our home away from home when we are on the cape. After a quick clean up we drove over to the gallery to check in and see how our paintings looked on the walls. Kelsey and Hannah were there to greet us. Our artwork wasn't up at that point, but on the floor ready to be hung. We talked a little while, but by that point we were starved so we left to get some  lunch. Karen and I have a favorite restaurant there called the Karoo Cafe. They serve south african style food, and it's essentially the only place we eat when we are there. 

Later that evening Karen and I met the new co-owners of the gallery. Donna has taken on a partner, and we joined the Donovan's for dinner at a local tavern called Mahoney's Atlantic. The food was great and we had a really nice time getting to know one another. 

Me, camera at the ready, on the beach in Provincetown





















When we come up for our shows Karen and we always allow for at least one full day in Provincetown. This trip was no exception and early Friday morning we were on our way there once again. The weather that day could not have been more perfect. My thermostat runs on the warm side, and summer in P-Town can, for me, be a little uncomfortable, but on this trip the temp was in the low 70's with a sublime breeze. 

We walked up and down Commercial street, checked out all the galleries, and took a couple of side trips out to the beach. This is a great location for Karen, photographically, because  this is where she gets a lot of the images that wind up in her paintings. 

After a full day there we drove back "home" and headed back to Karoo once more for dinner. The sun was going down as we finished, so we decided to drive out to Rock Harbor and watch the sunset. We just missed it by a couple of minutes, but stayed for the afterglow. 

Karen checking out her prints at the Kennedy Galley in Chatham

























Friday we visited Chatham. We hadn't been there in a while and thought it would be fun to see it again. It was another stunningly beautiful day and perfect for strolling down main street. We checked out a number of stores and a bunch of the art galleries, including what was once the Wynne Falconer Gallery. One of our old galleries with a bitter sweet past. 

We had walked nearly the length of main street when I mentioned that we should probably head back. Karen said she wanted to visit a gallery she noticed on the drive in called the Kennedy Studio. As I rounded the next corner the entrance to the gallery was right there. I looked in the window and there was one of Karen's prints. She began to sell prints of her work about a year ago, but as yet we had never seen any of them in a store or gallery, so this was pretty exciting. We went in and discovered more and more of her work. Karen spoke with the manager of the gallery for quite a while and she told Karen that they couldn't keep her work in stock it sold so fast. That was a really nice capper to our day in Chatham. Then it was back to Orleans to get ready for our opening reception at Tree's.

Karen and Julie Bangert at the opening

























We arrived at the gallery a little before five and the place looked great. Julie was there and it was really nice to see her again. She, Kelsey and Hannah had done a great job of hanging the paintings and it wasn't long before people began to arrive. When the weather is nice most folks are out at the beach, but the crowd was not bad. The visitors came in waves with short lulls in between. There were a number of familiar faces there too. Hilton Pryce Lewis, a great guy from South Africa and a collector of my work, was there with is family. Elaine Coffee, an artist from Arizona who spends the summer painting in an upstairs room of the Tree's Place Gallery came by, as well as Sue and Steve Zafarana. They are type designers, and wonderful people, who always make the trek from Norwood to see us.

All in all it was a good show. By the time it was over Karen had sold, an impressive, five paintings and I had sold "Shiny Loaf". We chatted with the staff for a little while before they closed the gallery, then we all said our good-byes. The sun was beginning to go down as we left the gallery so we headed over to Rock Harbor again to try and catch the sunset. This time we arrived in plenty of time, and we weren't alone. It seems the entire community gathers at this location every day to watch the sun go down. We were really fortunate that evening because there was a wonderful breeze that kept the gnats away that had plagued us there the night before. As the sun dipped below the horizon, the crowd began to applaud and cheer. A perfect end to a pretty perfect day. 

Me taking some shots of the sunset at Rock Harbor


















Our trip home was easy and comfortable. Karen and I watched the movie Midnight in Paris on our laptop during the flight back to Atlanta. Then we drove home, unpacked, ordered chinese take out then called it a day. Monday it was back to work.

Sunset at Rock Harbor our last night on Cape Cod



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Single Coke

Single Coke  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel


























Karen and I have just returned from Cape Cod where we attended the opening of our two person show on Saturday at Tree's Place Gallery. I'm going through the pix of the trip now and I'll post a blurb about that in a day or so. Presently, I've finished my second piece for the still life show at C. K. Contemporary Gallery opening September 6th in San Francisco. I've had this composition in mind for a while now, but wasn't sure if a single bottle would fly. Personally, I really like it, but ultimately its' success will be determined by the public. Now I think I have just enough time to do one more painting before that September deadline.


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Big Drill No.2

Big Drill No.2  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel


























I will be participating in a still life show at C. K. Contemporary Gallery in San Francisco on September 6th. Big Drill No.2 is the first of however many paintings I can get done in the time I have left for that show. My friend Jeff Cohen, owns this mighty drill and used it himself in a painting he created (that should be in a museum) titled 21 Century Woman. Jeff was kind enough to loan this piece of equipment to me for my own artistic purposes before he and his wife Leslie left us for the beaches of Wilmington North Carolina. As the title indicates, this is the second incarnation of the drill, and I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't make another appearance one day in the future.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Karen and I in the July issue of American Art Collector













Karen and I got a write up in this month's issue of American Art Collector. They put together a nice little two page spread, and the reproduction of our artwork is actually not bad. It's so nice seeing your work in print. 

It's a little easier to read from my website.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Shiny Loaf

Shiny Loaf  |  12 x 24  |  Oil on hardboard panel















Karen is a fan of my bread paintings, and she has told me, more times than I care to recall, "you should always have a bread painting out there". Well, I hadn't done one in a long time, so I decided to take her advice and paint one for our show at Tree's Place this July. This will be the final painting I do for the show, because I'm taking part in a still life show at C. K. Contemporary in San Francisco scheduled for early September, and times a wastin. 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Out of the Box

Rocket Racer | 6x24 | Oil on panel







































I don't usually do whimsey but I needed to cut down an 18 x 24 cradled hardboard panel to 12 x 24 for another painting I have planned. This left me with a 6 x 24 piece left over. Twice in the past I've used this remainder to paint a tall stack of children's blocks but this time I thought it would be a good opportunity to finally paint my Rocket Racer. This piece will be going to Tree's Place Gallery for our show in July.


Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Sharp

Sharp  |  10 x 20  |  Oil on canvas














This is the second of two smaller paintings I'll be shipping to Tree's Place Gallery for a two person show I'm sharing with Karen in July. The painting of the crayons got me in a kind of nostalgic mood for my childhood so when I came across this pencil sharpener I thought I'd give it a try. It really reminded me of the one that sat on the teachers desk in elementary school, and you'd have to ask permission to come up to the front to sharpen your pencils. I remember it always had that wonderful aroma of cedar shavings. 


Friday, May 30, 2014

Pocket Knife

Pocket Knife  |  8 x 8  |  Oil on canvas


























I'm currently working on two shows for 2014. I'll be sharing the billing with Karen at Tree's Place Gallery the last week in July. A few weeks later I'm participating in a still life show at C.K. Contemporary Gallery in San Francisco which is scheduled for the first week in September. Needless to say, I may have I've bitten off a bit more than I can chew. Since my timeframe is so short I took Karen's advice and decided to do a few small pieces to flesh out my part in these events. Working small like this really took me back to my old ebay days. For years this was my stock-in-trade. So far I've done two of these smaller paintings. I'll post the second in a couple of days. It has been fun, but I'm really looking forward to a new larger painting that I can sink my teeth into. Two of those are on the drawing board now. 



Monday, May 19, 2014

Crayola

Crayola  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on canvas

























Karen discovered this box of vintage Crayola crayons on ebay a while back and I've wanted to paint it ever since. I asked her permission to use it, and it was granted. The box says 64 different, brilliant colors, but I think the total of this box is somewhere in the fifties. I guess some got lost or just used up over the years. I'll be shipping this painting up to Cape Cod for a show Karen and I are sharing at Tree's Place Gallery this July. However, it was so fun to paint that I think I'll do another for a still life show I'm participating in at C. K. Contemporary in San Francisco this September. 



Monday, May 12, 2014

Chronology: a new book

























I officially quit my day job in 2004 to paint full-time, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a book highlighting some of my favorite pieces created during the last ten years. My archiving process is not perfect, so I'm sure on a few of these paintings I've written either the date, title or dimensions incorrectly, but I'm pretty confident that the majority are labeled accurately. 

The books dimensions are 12 inches by 12 inches, hard cover with a dust jacket. It's 86 pages long and available for purchase through blurb. The book is expensive, but 90% of the cost goes to blurb. There is an eBook version for those who have iPads. It downloads into the iBook app and is only $9.99. 

The link below will take you to my bookstore on blurb where you can preview 15 pages of the book and if you like make a purchase.