Monday, October 26, 2009

Friends, Heroes and Strangers: Nigel Cox at GX

Nigel Cox is an artist living in London, and who is represented there by GX Gallery. We correspond from time to time. Lately we've been comparing notes on the progress leading up to our respective October openings. Nigel's show opened on Friday the 23rd, and was by all accounts a huge success. Attendance was, "full to capacity", and by the end of the evening he had sold nine paintings. All of the paintings shown in the image above. Karen and I are big fans of his paintings, and if you're not familiar with his work you should check out his blog and website. Congratulations Nigel on your well deserved success!
As for me, I've spent the entirety of the last eight days doing nothing but photography, and I'll probably spend a day or two more before I get back to painting. I have to say that I'm really itching to get back to the easel. It doesn't take more than a few days before that "need" to paint reaches the urgent state. I imagine I'll start with a group of ebay pieces, then get back to work for the galleries.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Interview with Jim Thalassoudis

Jim Thalassoudis an accomplished, and extremely talented landscape painter from Australia contacted me a few days ago to see if I would be interested in participating in an interview for his art blog, In the Real Art World. He wanted to spotlight the work from my current show at Anne Irwin Fine Art, and flesh out the post with an interview. I was more than happy to oblige. If you'd like to read the interview you can access the post by clicking here. Thanks Jim!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Anne Irwin Debut

some of the paintings from the show at Anne Irwin Fine Art

The debut show of my work at Anne Irwin Fine Art was friday night. Anne, Tiffany and Sybil had done a beautiful job hanging the paintings. My loyal cadre of intrepid friends, and family braved a rather cold drizzly night to attend, and show their support. They were augmented by a modest, but extremely warm, and friendly band of gallery goers. Each of them eager to let me know how much they admired my work. They were all very sweet, and it was great to hear so many favorable critiques. Listening to these positive comments really helps to substantiate ones hope that what you do is working. A constant question in the back of my mind. It's also wonderful to hear that your work affects people in such a positive way. It doesn't get much better than observing an art patron walk up to one of your paintings, and react with a smile.

p.s. I also sold a painting that night. The Half Perc.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Coke Crate No.2

coke crate no.2
oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6"

. . . and finally this week, the other half of a coke crate I painted a couple of years ago. The crate was sitting on top of a weathered metal cooler embossed with the coca cola logo, just outside a "chuck wagon" style fast food vendor in Seaside Florida. I always liked the first version I painted of this composition, and knew that one day I'd revisit it. If you'd like to bid on this painting, you can take part in the auction by clicking here.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Cherry Plate

cherry plate
oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6"

Cherries. There is something special about this succulent little fruit. It's beautiful, tastes really great, and it's one of my favorite things to paint. If you'd like to bid on this painting, click here to take part in the auction.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6"

Back to the commission themes once again. His shoe, her shoe. If you'd like to bid on this painting, click here to participate in the auction.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Blocks No.3

blocks no. 3
oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6"

I thought I'd try the blocks on an ebay auction, and see if anyone bites. I really like this particular subject, and this would give me another reason to paint them. If you'd like to bid on this painting, click here to take part in the bidding.

Monday, October 05, 2009

PB&J No. 12

pb&j no. 12
oil on hardboard panel
6'' x 6"

I've got a new batch of ebay paintings coming up this week. Starting off tonight with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I'm very happy with the use of the negative space on this one, borrowing the idea from the half perc below. I love funky crops. Once these five are all up, I'll be getting to work on new paintings for Stricoff Fine Art. The corporate commissions early in the year, and preparing for the show at Anne Irwin Fine Art forced me to set them on the back burner. So the next few months will spent getting them some new work. If you'd like to bid on the painting above, you can take part in the auction by clicking here.