Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Winter paintings

These three new works will be part of my one person show at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. The show opens Jan.6 and the reception is Jan. 13 from 6-7:30. The work on display will include favorite plein air and studio paintings in oil and pastel.
Spring Thaw, oil, 16x20
Frozen Sanctuary, oil, 16x20
Winter Day, pastel, 24x18

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter Painting

"Fallas Barn-1866", oil on linen panel, 9x12

Last Saturday, I attended the paintout with the PAAWM group at Fallasburg Park. I met up with Patti M. and she directed us to the historic village of Fallasburg and this old barn. The day was cold and very gray with wonderful atmosphere. We heard the coyotes howl and duck hunters in the distance. It all added to the experience of being outside painting on location. My fingers and toes complained but I sure do get a charge in painting on the spot! I really like this painting and think I will try to add it to the next show collection.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Field Study to Studio Painting

The upcoming exhibit at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center will have quite a few examples of Field Studies to Studio Paintings. "Woodland Phlox" is a field study from this past May. In fact I did several from that area and took numerous reference photos, thinking that I would want to do a studio  painting or two from them. The field study helps capture the overall feeling of the subject as well as getting down some accurate colors of the lights and shadows. All this information is extremely helpful when working on a studio painting away from the actual location of the subject. My studio painting, "Through the Enchanted Forest",    is much larger than the study, so the photo reference helped with the extra detail and areas that I did not put in the field study. Overall, I am happy with both of the paintings, and feel they captured the magical feeling of the phlox filled woods.
"Through the Enchanted Forest", oil, 30x20, $2300.

 This painting and the field study, "Woodland Phlox", oil on lined, 12x9 , will be on exhibit at the Forest Hills Fine Art  Center Exhibit show, Jan. 6 - 26, 2011.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dawn's First Light

I have been working back and forth from my field studies and reference photos with both oil and pastel. My trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula inspired this painting from a series of photos taken along the shore of Lake Superior during sunrise. I was taken by this immense White Pine, just kissed by the warm light of the rising sun against the serene calm of the water and sky.
""Dawn's First Light", pastel, 18x24, $1500.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

First Snow

Today was the first Snow!!!
New Miniatures, 6x6, framed in gold or warm silver, $225. including shipping. Visit my web site if you would like to see more.

"Sun Setting Over First Snow", pastel, 6x6 image

"Boughs of Snow", pastel, 6x6 image
"Birch Tree", pastel, 6x6 image