Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pool Bowl No. 27

Pool Bowl No. 27  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel

I occasionally paint on canvas, sometimes on MDF or Masonite, but mostly I use an Ampersand Gessoboard, toned to a, somewhat, neutral grey in acrylic, then sanded with 220 grit sandpaper when it's dry. More often than not that provides me with a pretty nice base to paint on, but every once in a while, for reasons I don't understand, the paint just wants to reject the surface. When this is the case I know I'm in for a long hard battle. This was one of those paintings. It turned out pretty good in the end, but I'm still bruised. Once this has dried and been varnished it's going to Rehs Galleries in NYC.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pool Bowl: Work in Progress

Pool Bowl: Work in Progress   |   16 x 16   |   Oil on panel

I haven't posted a work in progress image in quite a while, so here is what I'm currently working on. One of my Pool Bowl paintings. Closing in on the completion of the first pass. When it's done it will follow the Sunbeam Mixer to Rehs Galleries in NYC. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Print Pack Boardroom

Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art has been working as liaison between Print Pack Inc., and me for years procuring commissioned paintings of products they produce the labels for to hang in their boardroom. A few days ago Spalding sent me a cell phone shot of the wall as it looks today. It was really fun to see them all together. We're currently working out the details for adding a possible Starbucks Coffee piece sometime in the future.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sunbeam Mixmaster

Sunbeam Mixmaster  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Before I comment on this painting I want to thank Karin Jurick and Brett Trowbridge for giving me this mixer. They found it at a flea market and felt I could make good use of it. They were correct, so again, thank you! I'm not exactly sure how many times I've painted this appliance but I think this may be the most detailed version so far. When it's dry and ready it's off to Reh's gallery. The next painting will be a "Pool Bowl" by request. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Five & Under Show at Arcadia Contemporary

Honda: Aft   |   12 x 12   |   Oil on panel

Honda: Fore   |   12 x 12   |   Oil on panel

The reception for the Five & Under Show at Arcadia Contemporary took place Saturday evening and from what I can glean from the internet it went pretty well. I haven't heard if anything sold yet. Fingers crossed. Thank you Steve and Nora for inviting me to participate.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Detail of Paintings for the 5 & Under Show at Arcadia

The Five and Under Show at Arcadia Gallery is coming up August 18th and they wanted the artists to refrain from posting images of entire paintings until the show opens. Build up curiosity and enthusiasm, so here are two "details" of my two 12 x 12 paintings. Same bike but different locations. When the show opens I'll post full images of both paintings. 

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Corporate Commission: Goldfish

Goldfish   |   30 x 30   |   Oil on canvas

This was a tough one, but it's finally done. I'm pretty happy with it. Goldfish aficionados may have noticed that the little starburst in the big guy's sunglasses is missing. It was added after I had already shot the photo of the completed painting. Now, onto something a little smaller.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Honda Metropolitan

Honda Metropolitan   |   24 x 24   |   Oil on panel

Finished up a Honda Metropolitan last night. This will be shipped out to C.K. Contemporary as soon as it's varnished. I'll be starting a corporate commission tomorrow. I've had to delay them for over a year for various reasons, and I think they've waited long enough.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Karen's Solo Show: Principle Gallery 2018

Karen and Frank checking out the gallery prior to Friday's opening

Karen and I just got back from Charleston where we attended the opening reception of Karen's Solo Show Friday evening at Principle Gallery. 

Airliner over Charleston

Our drive was a breeze and when we arrived we were greeted by spectacular weather. After we met up with Frank, Thomas and Greer we made our way out into the streets of Charleston. 

View from the steps of the Gibbs Museum

One of the greatest things about Charleston is its architecture. 

Queen Street

After a long walk and our traditional dinner at CO on King street we headed back to the gallery to check in one more time before we called it a night.

View of the Gibbs Museum from our apartment Friday morning

Thursday night we made the decision to finally visit the Gibbs Museum. It's right next door to Principle Gallery but we've never gone in, so Friday morning after a walk down to the battery, and breakfast at Eli's Table we were there. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was really impressed. One of the highlights was painting by one of my favorite realist painters Robert Bechtle. 

Kona Kai  1967 by Robert Bechtle

After an early dinner at the Brown Dog Deli on Broad Street we headed back to the apartment to get cleaned up for the reception.

Critiquing one of Karen's paintings

Doors opened at 5, and it wasn't long . . .  

A nice crowd

. . . before the gallery began to fill.

Close Analysis

Karen told me later that night that a lot of the guests she spoke with were artists themselves, which was great for her because she loves talking art.

One of five red dots

It was a pretty diverse crowd and from the conversations I overheard they all seemed to really love the work.

Another red dot

The opening was to run from 5 to 8 but it was after 9 before the doors finally closed.

Thomas working the room

By the end of the evening Frank, Thomas and Greer and done their job and sold five of Karen's paintings. We said our goodbyes that night because the Cooper Bridge Run was the next morning and we weren't sure how it was going to affect traffic, and we wanted to bug out early. It was a really nice couple of days in a fun city. Can't wait until next year to go back.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sears Spaceliner Diptych

Sears Spaceliner   |   24 x 48   |   Oil on panel


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sears Spaceliner - fore portion of diptych

After many delays, numerous distractions and more than a few detours I've finally finished the front portion of the Sears Spaceliner diptych. My problem now is how to display them. 1.) Paint the sides the background color then hang them side by side without framing them. Good but the hardboard panels are brittle and the edges can easily chip. 2.) Frame each one separately. Good but there's a lot of bulk in two frames hanging side by side. 3.) Frame them both within a single frame with a small space between each panel. Good, but does it loose some of that "diptych" quality? This option also limits the hanging possibilities. This is going to take some thought.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sears Spaceliner - aft portion of diptych

Spaceliner  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Well, painting during the breaks between seemingly endless distractions I was finally able to finish the aft portion of my Sears Spaceliner diptych. I believe a more conducive working environment is in my future, so I'm confident that the "fore" portion will go much quicker. 

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to thank everyone who took the time to visit my site this year and I hope you all have a great 2018!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Spaceliner In Progress: Day 9

Spaceliner  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Inching along. As of day 9.