Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Vertical Loaf

Vertical Loaf  |  12 x 12  |  Oil on panel

Well, even with all of the holiday goings on, I still managed to get all five of these little paintings done before my end of the year deadline. I was hurrying through these in order to meet a show date for the first of February. Now it seems that date has been pushed back until the first week in April. I'll post more about the show Karen and I will be sharing at Principle Gallery in Charleston as the event draws closer. 

So, I guess that's it for 2014. Thank you all for visiting my various sites throughout the year, registering "likes" and leaving all those wonderfully positive comments. They really mean a lot to me. Hope you all had a great year and here's wishing you a happy 2015!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Carnival Ride

Carnival Ride  |  12 x 12  |  Oil on canvas

Number four for my December 12 x 12 project. Little Dumbo here took a bit longer than the other three, but it was worth the extra time. I've painted this subject a few times before and his happy face always cheers me up. I'm attempting to complete five of these 12 x 12's before New Years, so I'd better get busy. I'm not sure what to do next. Karen says, "bread!", so it might be bread. 


Apéritif | 12 x 12 | Oil on canvas

Well, I've done about as good as I can photographing this particular painting. It's a decent representation, but not as good as I would have liked. Using the polarizing filter (thank you Katherine Kean) did help. I then spent a significant amount of time in Photoshop matching the image to the original. Steven Vaughan's idea was my next plan of action if Katherine's idea hadn't worked, so thank you as well for your suggestion. 
Now it's on to number four. I'm hoping I can get five of these small paintings done by the end of the year, but with the holiday's coming up that may be a stretch.

Sunday, December 07, 2014


Hi-Fructose  |  12 x 12  |  Oil on canvas

Here is the third piece of my December project. I had completed another of these small paintings last week, but I used a medium on parts of it and am now finding it nearly impossible to get a good photograph of it. There is a lot of  "sparkle" in areas where I used the medium and even with all my long years of Photoshop experience I can't seem to get rid of it and still have a decent representation of the painting. Plan "B" is to shoot it again once the painting has been varnished. I'm hoping that'll create a uniform surface and a more successful capture.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Juice O Matic No.2

Juice O Matic No.2  |  12 x 12  |  Oil on canvas

With 2014 winding down, I decided to run out the clock with a few smaller pieces. My intent with these is, for the first time, to place them in frames. Karen's "Perch" paintings look so good in frames that I wanted to see how some of my stuff would look framed. I'm going to finish up a small group of these then begin testing out various styles to see what looks best.

I bought this vintage juicer  in an eBay auction a while back and have painted it once before, but I really wanted to do it again. The other paintings in this group will come from old favorite subjects from the past. Once the holidays are done I think I'll get back to something big for the first of the year.

Friday, November 14, 2014

120 Grit

120 Grit   |   24 x 24   |   Oil on hardboard panel

Every once in a while a painting comes along that really kicks your butt, and for me 120 Grit has been one of those paintings. I never imagined when I began this piece that I'd spend as much time and effort on it as I have. I like how it turned out, but getting here was a real challenge. I've taken a number of breaks during the process of getting this done, ie. some house stuff, a trip to Charleston for the mentor show and at least five days trying to get my new iMac up and running. Transitioning from a six year old 24" iMac still using Snow Leopard to a new 27" Retina (which is beautiful by the way) using Yosemite has had me in tech mode practically non-stop. I've got most of the problems licked, but there's an ongoing complication involving Photoshop, my Wacom tablet and Yosemite that's really got me stumped. And, judging by the number of online discussion groups related to this glitch I'm not alone. I'm praying that either Wacom or Adobe comes up with a solution really soon. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wings Over North Georgia Air Show: October 19, 2014

I spent the day in Rome Georgia yesterday to attend the Wings Over North Georgia air show. I was hoping to get some photos I could use for future paintings and secondly, I just love me an air show. The event paid off on both counts. I couldn't help but post a few pix of the performers which this year included the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Scott Yoak in his P-51D

Patty Wagstaff in her Extra 300S

Mike Wiskus in his Lucas Oil Pitts Special

Jim Tobul in his F4U Cosair

Walkabout Tiger Aerobatic Team
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Mentor Show at Principle Gallery: Charleston

Shiny Loaf No.2  |  12 x 24  |  oil on hardboard panel

Karen is participating in a show at Principle Gallery Charleston based on mentors. The gallery came up with the idea to have their artists present a painting for a show, then have an artist who had mentored them provide a piece, and finally present the work of an artist that they themselves are currently mentoring. Karen asked me to show as her mentor, and Munroe d' Antignac is showing his work as her protégé. I asked Karen what she'd like me to do for the show and she said I had to do one of my bread paintings. So . . . .

Opening night reception is November 7th.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Farewell to James McLaughlin Way

I received word last night that James McLaughlin Way had died earlier that morning. He was a sweet man and a truly gifted artist. Karen and I had the privilege of meeting him on two occasions when he was living and showing his work here in Atlanta. We both considered it an honor to have had our work in the same gallery next to his. Whenever we had reason to go to the gallery, the first thing we would do when we arrived was to search the space for any new "James Way" paintings.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pepsi 12 Oz. Complete

Pepsi 12 Oz.  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on hardboard panel

After what seems like an eternity, I finally finished the Pepsi painting. A little under three weeks, with a couple off days of to spend with my brother on his way home from Nassau where he had been working for the Reef Ball Foundation. Now I've got to get busy on a piece for the Mentor show at Principle Gallery in Charleston. Karen shows her work there and they've asked their artists to participate in a event that includes paintings by themselves, an artist who has mentored them and a piece by an artist whom they are currently mentoring. Karen wanted me to participate as her mentor, and her protege will be Munroe d'Antignac

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pepsi - In Progress: Underpainting Complete

Pepsi 12 Oz.  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel: Completed Underpainting

Day eight and the underpainting is finally complete. I was somewhat surprised at how tough this style of bottle was to paint. The concentric spirals were a real challenge. So, now it's back to square one with the start of the second pass. I'm not sure how long this will take to finish, but I'm holding off on any more in progress posts until it's done. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pepsi - In Progress: Day Six

Pepsi 12 Oz.  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

I didn't get as much work done in the last few days as I'd hope to, because I had a 24 hour bug. It's weird, but I was sick literally for 24 hours, almost to the minute. That being said I was able to finish up the underpainting on the left bottle and laid in the top of the full bottle. I'm thinking the next post will be the completed underpainting.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pepsi - In Progress: Day Four

Pepsi 12 Oz.  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel

Moving ahead with the underpainting. Laid in more of the carrier and the labeling on the bottles, plus I added the first pass of the background and began working on the glass. 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Pepsi - In Progress: Day Two

Pepsi 12 Oz.  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on hardboard panel

Breaking with tradition here and trying my hand at a Pepsi composition. A commission from my gallery owner in New York. He wanted a companion piece to go with a Coke painting I did for him a couple of years back. I worked in acrylic up to this point, but never again. I don't know how acrylic painters do it. Paint dries way too fast for my taste. Today it's back to my beloved oils.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

B-25 Mitchell: Complete

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

Finished up the B-25 Mitchell last night. A true labor of love.

A little info about this particular plane. Today this aircraft is part of the Disabled American Veterans Airshow Outreach Program, developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. The B-25 Panchito, named after the rooster from Walt Disney's animated musical The Three Caballeros, is restored to the wartime markings of pilot Don Seiler’s B-25J from the 396th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bombardment Group, 7th Air Force. The original Panchito flew 19 missions over Japan from 1943 to 1944.