Monday, October 27, 2014

Another Big One wip

Another Big One
18x24 oil wip

Enjoying working big, this one was started last week.  Giving a break to go back with
a fresh eye.  Lots to do on this one, just want to keep a record on my blog, it's a way of keeping
a diary of what I have been painting.
Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Still Life

16x20 oil on canvas panel.
a work in progress

For a change, I started this still life months ago.  Sometimes we need a break from
themes we are used to, so , it's back to the still life.  It's a work in progress
so there is no need for me to try to finish quickly.

I will however continue my sketching and adding more variety to my work.  Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Small to Large.

5x7 to 18x24 oil on mdf

I have been busy in my studio the last few days.  Enjoying working on  a larger format.
Taking my mini oil sketches, either from my plein air paintings or reference photos.
It's challenging, but very enjoyable.

No plein air today, due to rain, so maybe some journal entries from a still life set up, happy painting

Monday, October 20, 2014

Going Big

High Hopes

I love new beginnings, such high hopes of achieving what is in my own mind.  Even though it is
a simple composition, it aint easy.  I want to be able to paint a convincing sky and of course all the
lovely textures in nature.  I am in no hurry, it will be a labor of love and trial and error.

Hilda, it was great yesterday, will we get together soon, and I will keep you posted on any shows you may be interested
in doing.
Happy Painting Everyone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

In my backyard

Oil sketch in my yard
oil sketch

Today was a relaxing day in the yard.  Just me and Mo.  After a wonderful time
at the Conklin House reception last night, and high light of the evening was
my blogging friend Hilda was there with a friend..  Hilda entered two of her wonderful painting one of the Horse and second
apples.  She is an amazing artist, and a beautiful person.  So very happy to have met her on the blog.

After always going a distance to find a interesting spot to paint only to be disappointed, today, I thought why not,
just go in the yard.  Packed my plein air gear, learning that less is best, my load was light, so
Mo and me enjoyed a wonderful day painting.
Now it's time for laundry and chores. Happy Painting everyon.

Monday, October 13, 2014

From a Distance

From a Distance

Mike has been suggesting that I paint the Bluff from the upper parking lot.  I took some
photos and painted this 5x7 oil on canvas mounted on foam board.
I do like the composition and will probably paint from the upper location.

Happy Painting everyone.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sky and Cloud study

Cloud study in oil 5x7

Still doing studies of the Kings Park Bluff, wanted to capture the
magnificent  sky and clouds. Such a beautiful location.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kings Park Bluff sketches in watercolor

Second sketch wc sketch in my moleskine journal
watercolor sketch in my moleskine journal

Hopefully tomorrow I will get back to my oils.  Yesterday spent the sketching in
watercolor. And pen and ink.

Needed to take a break, but tomorrow so looking forward to painting in oils.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Journal entries

sketch in my journal
Pen and ink study

This past week was a week of simply sketching in my journal.  Mike and I
made an attempt to go to Cold Spring Harbor and of course we got lost. So
came home and did some sketching.  What is it about holding a pen or
brush I have found so soothing. Taking a break from plein air painting this week. It helps
to do some thumb nail studies for future studio painting. I also set up some objects around
the house.

While searching for new locations to spark my enthusiasm it helps to take a break and to think
about  What"s Next, for the moment, I don't have a clue.
Happy Painting everyone.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Zorn's Palette and Primary colors

Primary colors
Zorn's palette in gouache

Today's agenda was just to have fun and practice my craft.  The first Sunflowers, using the
primary colors working in gouache on paper.

The second using Zorn's palette in gouache on paper. What I love about painting and drawing is
the never ending journey in learning.  We are never too old to learn from the masters who
have gone before us, and the master artist in our time. But the best teacher of all is nature,
and our desire to get up and paint and draw every day.  Someone once asked " Boudin why do you produce so
many paintings?"  He said, " What else would I do, I would be bored if I didn't., paint. He produced
4000 painting and thousands of works on paper. How wonderful is that, so my fellow artist, we are
all on this magnificent journey.  The topping on cake, is when we sell and of course that happens, but it dose not
compare with the joy of painting.