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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spaceliner in Progress: Day 6

Spaceliner  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

My plan is to post one of these every three or four days, depending on my schedule.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Spaceliner In Progress: Day 3

Spaceliner  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

I've got a new painting started of a groovy Sears Spaceliner bicycle. It's a deceptively simple composition, but it's going to take a while to complete, so I've decided to post some in progress images. I'm not sure whether this should be a diptych or offered as two individual paintings. The fore and aft images are on their panels and the first layer of the background is in for both to assure consistency of color. Diptych or not, I guess I'll wait until they are complete to choose, or let the gallery make that decision. Karen swears it has to be the entire bike.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017


B-25  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

I finished up this new B-25 a couple of nights ago and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It was pure pleasure to paint. I've got a new composition ready to go that I'm excited about as well. Can't wait to get started. It's of a really cool bicycle that was on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Karen's Solo Show at Shain Gallery

Sybil and Karen as the evening began.

We went up to Charlotte on Friday to take part in the opening night reception of Karen's solo show at Shain Gallery. This was Karen's first show at Shain Gallery with its new owner Sybil Godwin. Sybil had been the director of the gallery for years and took ownership in August. She and her staff did a great job hanging and promoting the show. Numerous red dots before the doors even opened. 

The weather was perfect that evening and the crowd began to build quickly. Among the guests were many familiar faces and dedicated collectors of Karen's work. By the time the doors closed there were a total of 12 sales! A very successful show by my reckoning. 

Not one to rest on her laurels Karen will be part of a group show here in Atlanta at Mason Fine Art on Thursday November 2nd. If you're in town stop by.

Here are some images of Friday's show.

"Rescue" in the front window of the gallery

Eli the Director and Lou running the bar

the main room prior to opening

the first two arrivals
the crowd begins to grow

Karen taking a break at the bar with Lou

the night begins to wind down
Sybil works out the details of a sale

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Corporate Commission: Snickers

Snickers  |  30 x 30  |  oil on canvas

I completed my corporate commission of a Snickers bar last night. It'll be leaving here to take a place next to its brethren on a wall in the boardroom of a large  printing company here in Atlanta. Now it's on to whatever is going to be next. I'm still looking at a number of compositions I'd like to do. It may have something to do with aviation.