|F I R E | 24 x 36 | oil on hardboard panel|
It's been (once again) a very long time since my last post. I picked up a few commissions after my show at Tree's Place, and I've been working on those. FIRE is the first. I don't usually, in fact I've never, worked entirely from a collectors materials or ideas, but the client for this piece is really nice and has purchased a number of my paintings in the past, so I made an exception in this case. I didn't realize at the time I started this piece, that it would take so long to complete. Once I got going, I found it to be deceptively complex.
Now I'm on to the next commission, a large bunch of Black Grapes. I know this will be familiar, in fact the next few blog posts will all seem a bit nostalgic with grapes, ketchup bottles, silverware and possibly Coke bottles. I have to say I'm excited because these are some of my favorite subjects to paint. I hope it won't seem too redundant for you all.
When these are completed I'm planning on delving into my photos from the Air Races in Reno for a large aircraft painting. I try and allow myself one of these per year, and hopefully I'll be able to squeeze this one in before 2012 expires. It's been quite a while since I've done a really large painting, and I'm looking forward to it.