Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's Next?

Peconic River, oil on mdf panel
Stony Brook, plein air oil sketch plein air
House on the Lane  wip
oil on mdf board, plein air
Sunken Meadow
18x24 acrylic
My most recent work, from this summer.  Who said, the more you know the less you know? After working on my art this summer, I realize that this feeling is coming over me, that I want to learn more about painting and of course, want to develop my drawing skills.  There is no end to this wonderful journey that we are on as artist, mean to say, no end to learning.

This summer we have painted in so many locations on Long Island, but there is something missing.  I keep asking myself, What's Next?.. I think the answer for me is to start with life drawing workshops, long and short poses.  In the meantime I will continue landscape painting, but also want to go back to still life work as well, it's endless.

Don't want to stay in a comfort zone where it's too easy to produce the same old, same old work.  It is time for a change. Happy Painting everyone.

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.