Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summertime and the living is easy

Potted Plants oil 10x12
Bellport Marina
Stony Brook plein air  5x7 oil on RayMar panel
River Walk
Here are just a few of the works I have done this summer.  These are some of the lovely locations we get together to paint.  It's usually Tuesdays.  Today we are going to the Sweetbriar farm, I must get ready.  Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, August 18, 2014


Mike enjoying the continental breakfast, provided from the Sagtikos Manor staff.
Sagtikos Manor Show

First and foremost, dear friend Hilda, sorry I didn't give you a heads up on the show.  It would have been great to see you. Where does the time go, in spite of my good intentions to blog more often, there never enough time in the course of the day.

Yesterday was our yearly Sagtikos Manor show, it started with a sprinkling of rain then it was simply lovely all day.  I'm noticing people are out to buy original art rather than prints, of course, if reasonably priced.  Years ago an artist gave me a very good tip on selling art.  To have a selling range from high , medium and low.  Great advice that has helped with the sales of my art.

Doing these outdoor shows are very draining and time consuming, I only do a few every year, but I think it is time to try a different way of showing and selling.  My fellow artist and I were talking about galleries, even if they do take a 30% commission, it's worth giving it a try.

I do hope everyone is enjoying there summer.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bellport Beach House

Bellport Beach House
5x7 acrylic on mdf
Yesterday, took out my acrylic paints and enjoyed the medium.  Switching mediums is one of the joys I experience in art.  Love it all.  Always amazed at the different effects on the same subject matter.  My approach was different, instead of the wet in wet technique I usually do in oils, I wanted a slower approach and blocked in with my layout in basically darker tones and then applied glazes of lighter tones.  I realized the same approach can be applied to oils as well, but my impatient nature dictates to paint quickly as if I were on location.  All in all a fun day.  Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Arboretum Barn

Arboretum Barn 
This painting was painted in the studio from a photo on my ipad.  Working from the ipad for me, is a little better than a print.  However, I do enjoy both so much, none of it is easy.  When outdoors, we are dealing with the elements, bugs, people, animals and of course, that overwhelming feeling of what to paint.

But in the studio, it is difficult in a different way, in the studio, all of the basic studies of composition, color, tones and brush strokes have to be remembered in the actual painting process.  To the point! It ain't easy, but so worth the struggle.  Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Path by the River

Path by the River 
Another day at the Arboretum with friends, we painted on location, this painting was completed at home. 11x14 oil on canvas panel. Happy Painting everyone.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pein air vs studio painting, that is the question ?

Coindre Hall 8x12 oil

Yesterday, my group and I went to Huntington, to paint at Coindre Hall.  We have been meeting every Tuesday to paint out doors.  It has been a struggle for me, but it is so worth the difficulties we face when painting on location.  I love it and hopefully if it means getting out everyday, just to do a quick sketch it will be so worth the effort.

So it is the old question that  most artist ask: Plein air vs Studio painting.  When in the studio we have our reference material and it is always so much  more comfortable, not easier just less stressful.  But when we paint outdoors, everything surrounds us, the atmosphere the colors the weather and of course sounds. It's exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

Many times when we go out and a painting is started on location and I will finish it at home, or it gets stored with the incomplete pile of work.

I have missed blogging and all my fellow bloggers. Face Book has got me under it's spell , I post daily, it's quick and easy.  But does not compare to the down home feeling that is achieved  blogging with kindred spirits.

Hope all is well and I have been enjoying the lovely work posted on my side bar.  Happy Painting everyone.