Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blending in the Context of a Still Life Painting Part 1

     I put together a new video about blending in the context of a still life painting.  I hope there is some info here that may be useful.  Thanks for watching!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Still Life Painting Classes

     I have two 6 week painting classes starting soon.   One is on Sunday afternoons from 1-4, March 5-April 9th.  The other is on Thursdays March 9-April 13th from 11:30 -2:30.  We will be painting still life in oils. The classes are very small and appropriate for all skill levels. Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions. It's $225 for the 6 lessons.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Paintings

     I've gotten out of the habit of posting my new paintings here, but I wanted to put up a sampling of what I've been working on lately. This Fall I went into a florist shop at the end of my street looking for Chinese Lanterns but came out with a handful of gourds instead. I really liked the color, texture, and shape of these.
     I painted this one first. I enjoyed putting it in different positions to see how it would balance, and in this position it reminds me of a bird looking below from it's nest. The stone reminds me of an egg, and I like how it adds a bit of cool between the warm gourd and block, while repeating the shape above it. This painting is 16x12, oil on panel.




     In my next painting I wanted to work with this gourd/bird connection in a larger composition. I really liked the idea of the gourd being perched on something with the neck swinging down, so I repeated it in this painting with a different gourd on a reflective bowl. I also added the same gourd from the above painting turned around and "holding" onto a blue egg. The egg reinforced the bird idea but also added a cool note to the grouping that I like.  I spent an unreasonable amount of time deciding if I wanted the blue egg to be leaning or upright; I'm still not sure but I think it's okay. This painting is 30x40, oil on canvas.
   
   
                                     

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Studio Lighting


This is a shot of my studio. For lighting I have 4 florescent light fixtures that hold 2 bulbs each. I wouldn't mind a bit more light but I've used this configuration for about 3 years now and I'm fairly happy with it. 


I've covered the light fixtures with tracing parchment which softens the light. 


Each bulb is 32W Sunshine 5000k

                                      

In the corner I keep my still life set up and I have drapes around it to isolate the light.


Behind the drape I have 2 clip lights to illuminate the still life set-up but I really only use the one on the left. It has a 23W,  6500K, 1450 lumens bulb in it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cradled Birch Canvas Panels for Oil Painting (video)





I put together a video today about how I make the canvas panels that I paint on. I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!