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  |  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  |  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.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Community Coffee

Community Coffee  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Way back in 2009 I received a commission to create five paintings for the boardroom of a large printing company here in Atlanta. They produced the packaging for a number of clients including: Reeses, Coca Cola, Nabisco and many others. Before we started they gave me a long list of their clients to choose from. I went to the grocery store and picked a variety of items who's packaging, I thought, was the most interesting/iconic. I then put together some comps and they choose the five they liked best. To my dismay one of the companies that didn't make the cut was Community Coffee. I had really wanted to paint all that crinkly, shiny red. Later that year I did paint a six inch by six inch version of this composition for auction on ebay, but I always wanted to do it big, so . . . I did. 

I'm working on two realism shows for 2014. One for Tree's Place Gallery in July and another at C. K. Contemporary in San Francisco in September. This piece will be heading up to Cape Cod for the Tree's show. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Triumph: Complete

Triumph  |  36 x 36  |  Oil on canvas

On day 36, give or take a day or two, I finally completed the Triumph Bonneville. I spent a huge chunk of today with my camera and in Photoshop trying to get a good photograph of the finished painting. Trying, being the operative word because I've never had so much trouble coming up with a decent image of a painting. This is the best of the twenty five versions I came up with, and I'm not very pleased with it. It's a little muddy with an overall bluish cast and the background color is off as well. 

So, as soon as this painting is dry I'm taking it to Gallery Street and have it photographed professionally. They do all of the photography of Karen's paintings used to produce her prints, and I'm hoping they can do a better job than I have. If they can produce a more accurate representation of this painting, I'll post it again with some detail shots. I will also include all the progress images like I did with the P-51 I painted back in the fall.

Now it's time to get busy putting together some work for a show at Tree's Place this July. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Triumph In Progress: Day 21

Triumph  |  36 x 36  |  In Progress: Day 21

Day 21 and the underpainting is finally done. I really bit off a mouthful with this one. Now it's time to go back to the top and start all over again. I'm spending way too much time on this one painting I know, but I have to admit I'm really savoring the process. I haven't had this much fun working on a painting in a long time, so I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts. The second pass of a painting is always my favorite part. The hard work of building the structure is done and the subsequent passes where enhancing the detail comes into play is pure pleasure. This will be the final In Progress image. The next post will a high(er) res image of the completed painting.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Triumph In Progress: Day 15

Triumph  |  36 x 36  |  In Progress: Day 15

A couple of more days and I've got the underpainting of the fuel tank laid in. The word Triumph in the lower badge will be much darker and appear to have three dimensions in the final piece. Today I'll move down into the engine. The engine, the engine, the engine. . . . 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Triumph In Progress: Day Twelve

Triumph  |  36 x 36  |  In Progress: Day Twelve

The last few days were spent finishing up the first pass on the frame and working on the name badges on the fuel tank. If you look closely at the word Triumph on the right hand side you'll see a "shadow". My first attempt at putting in the type was a no go because I didn't center it properly. So, I had to re-measure and paint it in a second time. Even though the type will eventually be a dark charcoal color, I put the name in white to help distinguish it since I was laying it right on top of the previous version. A task that was a little confusing. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Triumph In Progress: Day Nine

Triumph  |  36 x 36  |  In Progress: Day Nine

The last couple of days have been spent working on the upper frame, front fork and wheel. The rubber sleeve covering the suspension was a real challenge. I'm debating whether to finish the frame first or head into the fuel tank next. The fuel tank frightens me so I'll probably finish up the front end first.