Saturday, March 30, 2013

A View From The Bridge

16x20 Acrylic on canvas panel
This has been a work in progress for the last 3 or 4 years.  At the time it was a good idea, but now the interest is gone and I just want to get it done.  It will probably sail into my closet, but that is okay.  It was still fun.

Just want to wish everyone a Happy Easter or Passover, enjoy the Holiday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Just Playing

Bayard Cutting Arboretum Sunflowers
This could never be a completed painting due to the off size. It's one of those odd size panels.  So I am just playing with the idea of a future painting of this scene.  It does have possibilities, especially with the Mothers Day Show coming up at the Arboretum.  Thought it would be nice to have some paintings of the location we painted last year. I used acrylic paints on panel board. Happy painting everyone.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Back At The Easel

Still working on this, 8x16 acrylic on RayMar panel
Today I tackled this Short Beach painting wip.  Worked on my tones and probably will do more in a day or two.  It's funny how the simplest compositions can be so difficult to paint.  It is such a balancing act, Not, complaining just amazed and at the same time intrigued with this precious gift of art the we artist have been blessed with, and who said the Journey was supposed to be easy.  So, like I said no complaints, just humbly thankful that I can spend my days at the easel, while the weather outside is nasty. Happy Painting to all my fellow bloggers.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Day At The Marina

A Day At The Marina
Mike and I enjoy going to the East Islip Marina during the summer months.  I've painted this same scene before, this time my focus was mainly on the sky and clouds. This was painted on a mdf board, 11x14 in oil.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Another Cold Day

Sunflower Farm out East
Today was spent in the studio dreaming of warmer days,  Hence my sunflower painting.  Actually its one of those days when it is a good time to study various approaches to oil painting in preparation to when we are out there painting on location.  The colors in the photo appear so much greener than it is, could be do to poor lighting. This is an 11x14 oil on mdf toned board.  I used the Brian Ryder approach of an under painting, using burnt sienna.  Also made up a batch of textured gesso as per Brian Ryder.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Last summer

From this past summer
Trying to upload photos from my Sony picture bridge onto my ipad.  Still so much to learn about this technology.  Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Change of Pace

Change of Pace

Taking a break away from painting.  This was an entry in  my journal on March 2nd.  Using my favorite pen the Rotring ArtPen.  Love the tones that can be achieved with very little work or planning. So more or less it is meant to be just that Fun.  Still waiting for the lovely weather that is yet to come.  Yesterday Mike and I went to Trader Joe's and I purchased lovely flowers and a Shamrock plant. Tomorrow we will celebrate my honeys birthday.  My son and family and Mike's sister will be over for dinner.  Mike decided to make corn beef and cabbage in celebration of St. Pat's day a few days ahead of time.  My sons name is Patrick, so we celebrate St.Pat's day. Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nothing To Lose WIP

8x16 wip acrylic
Today was an adventure into using a 8x16 format, way out of my comfort zone.  Also used acrylic gloss medium and slow drying medium which had a totally different texture to the paint and its application.   Whenever I try something new, which could end in a totally disaster, there is really nothing to lose  and everything to gain.  It's all the learning process.  The biggest fear any artist has, is to stay stuck in a comfort zone, with nothing to lose or gain. My experiments also consist of various colors on my palette and small to very large brushes.

So now it is time for a glass of wine, while making dinner for me and Mike.  Happy Painting everyone.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day's End

4x6 arcylic on RayMar canvas panel
I like to complete my day with a posting if possible.  Today was very laid back, in fact, downright lazy day.  My studio is now my dining room, table filled with photo's taken of our plein air sites. With another winter event taking place outside my dining room window, my job at hand is creating little 4x6 postcard canvases to be displayed at our yearly Artist Market show at the Brush Barn in Smithtown.  I realize that most of my painting are of  very similar scenes.  This of course is another angle of  Short Beach .  Even though they are basically the same subject my palette of color are different.  Today it was the primary colors and white, that was my challenge at hand, to create various tones and natural colors. Working on a canvas panel created a different appearance as compared to the media boards posted previously. Also laying in glazes over dry paint, usually my method is wet into wet, so that was a fun technique.

As you can see, I am getting long winded so please don't worry about reading what is written.  Hope you all had a wonderful day, as I write the snow and rain are hitting the window.  Will spring ever come, oh, yes, soon, we are in March after all!!

Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In Search Of

5x7 acrylic
Another day at the easel.  I like to end my day with a posting if possible.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.  I have always admired the Great Glenn Miller, in watching the movie of his life (an oldie) he was always searching for a certain sound in his musical arrangements.  In a way, art and producing art is so similar, we as artist always strive to achieve a certain look in our work and when we see It, we know It, that again is what makes out craft so wonderful, the It Factor.   So we continue to be In Search Of!

Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy Monday Evening

5x7 Acrylic on media board
Must say today was a great day playing with acrylic paint.  Decided to switch from oils to acrylic.  Found myself going into a slump.  It is amazing how different media takes to canvas, boards, or paper.  It's an exciting adventure never knowing where it will lead us, in most cases it's just a fun journey of discovery.

Hope all of you fellow bloggers had a good start to a new week, kinda like Mondays, it's a new slate.  Happy Painting everyone..