Friday, October 6, 2017

Daisies and Carnations


Daisies and Carnations

In the style of Fantin-Latour, the master painter of flowers, this still-life just completed while working at Chiaroscuro Studio of Art in Miami.  Learning to push and pull chroma and values, while creating a pleasing composition and keeping everything in balance is quite the challenge.


20" x 16"
oil on birch panel
This painting is available at:  
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/758797



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Never Again


A tribute to one of the largest groups of law enforcement officers in America, the men and women professional airline pilots of the Federal Flight Deck Officer's program


Never Again
12" x 20"
oil on linen




For those interested in the process:



Drawing




Value Study




First painting of hat, table top (block in)



Continuation of first painting 




Refinement of shapes and values




Continuation of refinement of shapes and enhancement of light




Adding texture and form to cloth



Ready for final shape refinement of gun and glazing of darks.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

After Christensen's Solitary Life

Worked with a DVD by Scott Christensen this week, 
painting along as he demonstrated.


28 x 28"
oil on linen


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Those Who Serve

Working on a new still life at Chiaroscuro Studio of Art in Miami. Working title, Last Line of Defense. 
I am grateful to have such amazing artist teachers so close to home here in South Florida.  #ChiaroscuroStudioOfArt




Friday, December 2, 2016

Karen's Challah

It's been a while since I've posted.  Between work and remodeling the artist retreat in North Carolina I haven't had much time to paint.  Now it's time again to paint regularly.  Karen baked her first challah bread from a recipe given to us by our friend Kimberly Standiford.  I ripped a piece off and painted it.


Karen's Challah
6x8"
oil on linen panel



The actual challah

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monet's Home and Gardens - Giverny, France

It's been a while since I've posted.  This is mostly due to traveling, building easels and taborets (and not painting) and household projects.  I hope to start painting again soon.  In the meantime here are few photos from Giverny, France - Monet's magnificent house and gardens.  
 Below is a link to rest of the photos.








You can access all the photos at this link:

Friday, May 22, 2015

This week in Sedona with Abbey Ryan

This last week Karen and I flew to Sedona, Arizona.  What an amazing place.  I attended a five day workshop with Abbey Ryan.  Karen hiked a lot.   We started off last Sunday with a plane ride over the Grand Canyon.  The views were incredible.



Everywhere you look the views are astounding.  This was the view from our hotel room balcony.




After I was finished with workshop on Wednesday, I engaged in a little en plein air brush work.  It's hard to capture landscapes because of the constantly changing light.  This was more of a quick color sketch from which I may expand it into a larger studio painting.


8 x 10", oil on panel.



Here are a few of the paintings I did during the workshop.



Cherry Coke
6 x 8" 
oil on masonite panel





Apricots, Berries and Silver Cup
8 x 6" 
Oil on linen panel




Pear and Blueberry
5 x 7"
oil on Masonite panel




Friday, April 17, 2015

Really Learning to Paint - The Old Masters Way

Last month I decided that I wanted to take my painting to the next level, a serious, high art, level.  I spoke with some professional artists I deeply respect and asked their opinions.  It became clear to me that I needed to learn to draw well.  After that I needed top level instruction from artists dedicated to teaching.

Serendipitously, less than a year ago The Chiaroscuro Studio of Art opened nearby which teaches a disciplined, 19th century approach to learning to paint.  This is South Florida's first true program of this nature, one which virtually all of the masters in the 19th Century, as well as many of today's living masters.  More information can be found here at their website:  The Florida Academy of Contemporary Realism.

The student starts off copying what are known as "Bargue Plates," instructional drawings rendered by Charles Bargue, a French lithographer and painter who developed one of the first drawing courses.  The student learns many concepts related to seeing relationships between shapes, values of light and shadow, and how to render shapes to accurately represent what one is seeing.

 The process is basically described by the steps shown in the plate:




This is my first project and drawing in the program.  I never imagined the time and work put into copying one of these plates.  From the beginning the instructors saw problems with lines, angles, shapes and values, sometimes painfully subtle.  In each phase their constant critiques kept pushing me in the right direction, fixing a line here, and angle there, seeing how everything related to everything else, and never accepting even the slightest imperfection.  Eventually I started seeing problems myself.  I am confident that the discipline learned by spending the time painfully recreating the drawing will payoff.  I am guessing but I would say that I have at least twenty hours in this drawing.  




The next drawing will be larger and more complex.  I'm excited about that. 


Monday, April 13, 2015

Les Standiford, Water to the Angels

At Les Standiford's book signing this evening for Water to the Angels.  Les asked that I bring his portrait which he got to see for the first time in person.  An awesome event.



Big crowd, including Dave Barry (standing in the back) and Ridley Pearson.







Thursday, March 5, 2015

Silver Cup with Pear and Leaf

After I painted this I enjoyed the pear which was sweet and juicy.  
A nice reward for completing the painting.


Silver Cup with Pear and Leaf
6 x 8"
Oil on fine Belgian linen



Video demonstration of this painting:



This painting is available for bid:






Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pear and Leaf




Pear and Leaf
6 x 6"
Oil on fine Belgian linen panel


This painting is available.  Please click here if you are interested:





Framing options available.








Friday, February 27, 2015

Orange and Vase




Orange and Vase
8 x 6"
Oil on fine Belgian linen


This painting is available at this link:
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/335425

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Les Standiford


Les Standiford, writer
40 x 36
oil on fine Belgian linen





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ornament with Bosc Pear

Picked up a bag of these awesome Bosc pears at Costco.  
A good reason to paint.


Ornament with Bosc Pear
8 x 6"
oil on fine Belgian linen panel



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Avocado Christmas Tree Ornament

Karen pulled this out of the box of ornaments today as we began getting ready to trim the tree.  
I had to paint it.


Avocado Christmas Tree Ornament
5 x 7"
Oil on fine Belgian linen


This painting is available athttp://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/288719

Friday, November 28, 2014

3 Pears

I started this painting yesterday, on Thanksgiving, and was painting with my pal, Liz Oneil, who is visiting with us for the week.



3 Pears
8 x 10"
oil on linen panel

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Silver Cup with Sushi

I started this little painting in Tokyo last week while on a layover.  The sushi actually came from the 7/11.  I finished it last night in Mumbai while on a layover.


Silver Cup with Sushi
5 x 7"
oil on linen panel

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rollins Pottery, Concord Grapes, and a Blueberry

A beautiful piece of pottery by my friend Anthony Rollins.





Rollins Pottery, Concord Grapes, and a Blueberry
8 x 8"
oil on fine Belgian linen panel



This painting is available at: 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Parmesean Grater

An old pepper grinder I borrowed from my brother-in-law's house in Cashiers, North Carolina.  



Parmesean Grinder
8 x 6"
oil on fine Belgian linen

Monday, November 10, 2014

Silver Cup with Garlic

This is the first painting done after the Abbey Ryan workshop 
yesterday using the same silver cup I used yesterday.




Silver Cup with Garlic
8 x 6"
Oil on fine Belgian linen panel



This painting is available: 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Abbey Ryan Workshop

This weekend was fantastic.  I was privileged to take a workshop from the amazing Abbey Ryan at the John Peto museum in Island Heights, NJ.  My friend Liz from Missouri, accompanied me, along with her sister-in-law, Anette from Alabama.  




Liz's Balsamic Jar with Green Onions and my Asian Pear with Silver cup.


Day II painting.
Asian Pear with Silver cup
6 x 8" oil on linen





Abbey helping me with just a couple of finer points.



Day 1 painting, Artichoke and Berries.
5 x 7"
oil on linen panel


Abbey helping me describe the light and cast shadow just a little better.



Abbey and me.