Thursday, December 22, 2011

Something Different...

Here are some details of a small mural project I did in November at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Florida. With the dark blue wall color as the background, I was able to paint the mural using only one shade of white.... The turtle is the mascot for the club.

Markham Park Plein Air 11-12-11

8x8, Oil/Linen Panel

It has been a while since I have posted here or painted plein air.. Here is the most recent piece, a small plein air off the beaten path in Markham Park. For this quick study, I concentrated on finding the color hidden in the Florida browns and greens. I also wanted to catch the energy of the sun poking through the moving clouds on this breezy day...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wet Paint, In The Studio...

Blue Crab II
12x12, Oil/Linen Panel

I revisited my image of this blue crab as my entry for an upcoming exhibition in Key West.. Aquatic Frolic-What Lies Beneath. More information to come...

The first Blue Crab was on a white sun bleached deck , while this one is on the beach testing the water with his pointed claw...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Provincetown Portrait Studies

John Clayton, 'Mudhead"

Arthur signing finished painting

John Clayton sketching in

Arthur Egeli and his Portrait Study

It was an honor to be painted on the beach in the Provincetown tradition of backlit "Mudheads" while vacationing in Cape Cod. I met artist and gallery owner, Arthur Egeli at our designated location in the East End at 9:30 AM. We were joined by artist John Clayton... While I enjoyed the view, both Arthur and John quickly captured my character along the mood, lighting, and colors of the morning.

The Mudhead tradition began in Provincetown by artist and teacher Charles Hawthorn between 1899 & 1930. They began as an effort to teach his students to see forms as a spot of color, as studies, in the brilliance of the Provincetown light.

Painting In Provincetown 2011

Painting the dunes in Truro

Low Tide, Moors
6x8, Oil/Canvas Panel

Truro Dunes
6x8, Oil/ Canvas Panel

Dune Road, Provincelands
6x8, Oil/ Canvas Panel

It was a great week vacationing and painting in Provincetown once again. Spectacular weather, good traveling companions, food, & art.. what could be better? Traveled with a small Pochade and limited palette this year.. and did these small paintings (plus 1 wiper!)... was good to be painting plein air after a long absence.....especially in Cape Cod!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dry Series #5

Oil/Linen Panel

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dry Series #3 & #4

Dry #4, Bend
20x16, Oil/Linen Panel

Dry #3, Mirror
12x12, Oil/Encaustic Panel

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dry, 1 & 2....

10x16, Oil/ 2-10x8 Encaustic Panels

I have been experimenting with a new surface.. Encaustic Panels. Made for painting with wax, or Encaustics, the surface is very smooth.. and absorbent. For me, it almost demands the use of a palette knife. The brushwork seems to get quickly absorbed and sets up instantly, allowing the impasto to rest undisturbed on top. This board also seems ideal for use in my goal to see more movement in the paint.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Complementary Me...

Oil/Linen Panels

This week I did a series of four self portraits using Complementary Colors, each on a 10x8 Linen Panel.. from left to right in the photo- 1) Chromatic Black & Titanium White 2) Cobalt Blue & Cadmium Orange 3) Scarlet Lake & Viridian Green 4) Dioxanine Purple & Cadmium Yellow Medium. It was a great value study project in using only the two colors for each painting.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hot Fries...

Oil/Canvas Panel

... the glow of the heat lamps striking a bottle of hot sauce caught the eye of my friend Ellen Weiss , as we were having lunch after a morning of plein air. The cook at the Floridian, in his yellow shirt, showed up just in time to provide some action in her photo. Ellen was kind enough to share her photo with me for this painting... thanks Ellen!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Testing The Water

Oil/Canvas Panel

A studio painting reflecting those moments of childhood we all remember ... endless amounts of time, new discoveries, testing the limits....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wet Paint, In the Studio ...

12x12, Oil/Linen Panel

... outdoor dining on Las Olas, under the umbrellas, provided an opportunity for an interactive light play with the various shadows and reflected light....

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mango Yin & Yang..

8x8, Oil/Linen Panel

The mangos have been exceptional this year! The stacked crates holding several varieties of mango jams and chutneys made by Ken are a testimony to the tree's productivity... Since they are dropping from the tree less frequently now, it was time for me to get my yearly mango painting finished. It won't be long before the only presence of mangos will be in the smear on my English Muffin...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Pups...

8x8, Oil/Linen Panel

8x8, Oil/Linen Panel

Our two dogs, Gobi and Bella, are both rescued dogs from a kill shelter in Miami. Following in the paw prints of all the gifted and best dogs we had before ( and there were many! ), they are without a doubt two of the most wonderful dogs... ever. But then again... aren't yours, as well?...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Spaghetti Squash..

The Model and the Portrait, In the Studio

8x5.75 Oil/Linen Panel

This Spaghetti Squash I picked up at the supermarket served two purposes for me this week. The first was to serve as a model in this small still life to help quiet my mind after several days of wipers in the studio. Its neutral colors gave me the challenge to focus and find the subtleties hidden throughout. The second purpose was to be the "pasta" for a beautiful Pomodoro Sauce sprinkled with fresh Basil that evening....Mmmmmm

Shadows And Reflections

12x12 Oil/Linen Panel

.. the cool shadows floating over the bank and into the water, along with the warm reflections of sunlight coming up and out of the shallow water...Plein Air, Markham Park, 6.04.2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

South Eastern Plein Air Invitational, Day Five..

Turrentine Ave. Roundabout
8x16, Oil/Linen Panel

The final day of painting this year was in the historic neighborhood district. There are several roundabouts located throughout this lovely neighborhood with its old southern homes and charm. Once I saw the early morning sun lighting up this roundabout with the rhythm of the cast shadows wandering up the street, I knew I had found my spot.... the gigantic Aborvitae that lent me its generous shade also acted as a sundial letting me know my painting was finished at high noon.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

South Eastern Plein Air Invitational, Day Four..

Coosa Sunrise 2011
3,75x10, Oil/Linen Panel

Cloud Shadows, Heron Island
12x18, Oil/Linen Panel

Thursday was an interesting day of painting.. since it was the morning after the tornados had ripped through the area. It so happens that the storms had passed over the region we were scheduled to paint, Southside.. a beautiful and hilly community along the Coosa River and its backwaters. As I left before sunrise to go paint, I was wondering just what I would encounter...

I arrived at Rainbow Landing safely and was grateful to see that there was no major damage along the way. The sky was still filled with moody and sluggish clouds that would not allow for a celebratory sunrise after such a devastating night. I was surprised when I turned to the west and saw this strip of determined ambient sunlight that willed its way through as a reminder, in spite of the turned about world. Coosa Sunrise was one of those paintings where again, all I had to do was show up and hold onto the brush. It was the smallest painting I did, but probably my favorite of the event.

As I moved down to the Highway 77 Causeway to paint Cloud Shadows, again, I was taken as to how nothing seemed out of order. It was a beautiful view looking at the mountains rolling along the water in both directions. The causeway jets across the water, connecting the valley of two tall hills. One of the museum Staff dropped by on his way from the distant hill, looking quite shaken.. he had just come through what was the town of Ohatchee, now flattened by the tornadoes. He had witnessed rescue workers retrieving bodies of those who did not survive the night. I was astounded and moved that I was standing with this peaceful view, yet just up the hill was trauma and suffering. Several passersby stopped out of curiosity to see what I was doing and shared with me the stories of their homes being damaged or in some cases.. gone. It was affirmative to me that the presence of plein air painters in the community is important for preserving the memory and presence of the fragile changing landscape.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

South Eastern Plein Air Invitational, Day Three...

Broad Street Bridge
10x8, Oil/Linen Panel

The beautiful Broad Street Bridge spans The Coosa River which meanders through the city of Gadsden. This view is from beneath the bridge on the east side of town, East Gadsden. Unfortunately this day was cut short due to the devastating storms that came through ... it was a very close call at my Mother's house(where I was staying), but gratefully, no damages there.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

South Eastern Plein Air Invitational, Day Two...

Yellow Meadow
16x16, Oil/Linen Panel

Little Wills Barn
12x12, Pastel/Wallis Paper
Private Collection

Little Wills Sunrise

The location for day two is one of my favorite ares of the region. Some call it the Old Chattanooga Highway, but it is known as Little Wills Valley Road. There are old dairy farms on the winding, hilly road and many vistas facing Lookout Mountain.

On this day the sunrise presented itself for about two minutes before the clouds covered it up... just long enough for me to quickly block in the light in Little Wills Sunrise. I then developed the rest of the painting with no concerns about the changing light.. the beauty of an overcast morning.

The poppies growing "volunteer" in the field by this old barn caught my eye in Little Wills Barn. The patina of the rusted tin roof was glowing on this Spring day.

Yellow Meadow, my third painting of the day, was an exercise in loosening up as the day was ending...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SouthEastern Plein Air Invitational 2011, Day One

Fairway, Above the 10
8x16 , Oil/Linen Panel

Calm Afternoon
12x1, Oil/ Linen Panel

The first day of painting was at the Gadsden Country Club Golf Course. Painting began early, so with "Fairway", I wanted to show the dew softened greens and the cool morning shadows. "Calm Afternoon" shows the heat and quietness of the afternoon after the morning's teen regionals were finished.. golf balls were bouncing off the trees over our heads and well clad young golfers were stopping by to ask, "have you seen my ball?"....

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In My front Yard...

7:45 AM, 6x12, Pastel/Wallis Panel

Noon, 16x9, Pastel/Wallis Panel

I read once that John Singer Sargent would not spend time searching the landscape for his plein air subject matter. Instead, he would paint the first thing he saw that he considered to have potential. That seemed like a pretty good idea, so today I just opened my front door to see what I saw.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wet Paint, Plein Air...

Markham Park canal
7.75x15, Oil/Canvas Panel

The calm of the early morning reflections quickly became fleeting due to the breezes of the warming daylight. A quick lay in gave me something to hold onto... as the greens progressed, I started looking for hidden color in the rushes and scrubs along the waters edge.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Freshly Picked

Freshly Picked
Pastel/Sanded Paper , 7x12

The Red Tomatoes, started from seeds by my friend Charlie along with a 'Yella' Striped Heirloom made for a fun spontaneous still life ... and later were excellent as a salad!....

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Plein Air Round Up...

Markham Park, 15x7, O/L

Markham Park II, 8x6, O/L

Easterlin Park, 12x12, O/L

I am very behind in my postings, so here is a round up of some recent plein air pieces. I am working to get back in the plein air saddle in preparation for the upcoming 'Southeastern Plein Air Festival' in Gadsden, Alabama. This will be my third year to be included.. I am looking forward to meeting up with my fellow Southern Painters while there and a beautiful change of scenery!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Take A Chance..

46x48, Oil/Canvas
Judges Recognition, 2011 Arts United, United and Proud

'Take A Chance" is the third painting for my carnival series. It proved to be a complex painting to do.. as in my eyes are bigger than my appetite.. but with patience and three weeks of painting, my vendor has an abundance of goods to seduce the willing, fun seeking challenger.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


20z10, Oil/Linen Panel

This piece, painted entirely with palette knives, will be available in The Gallery at Flamingo Gardens until February 28, 2011. It is framed in one of my handmade Poplar frames dyed with a black satin finish.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Carnival Series Continued

Awarded "Best In Show", Tri-County Juried Exhibition

Making Her Mark
36x30, Oil/Canvas


In "Making Her Mark", these purveyors of fun find themselves in a colorful and vibrant, yet transient booth. She is surveying the passersby to see who she can lure in to challenge with her dart... for a dollar, pop a balloon, take your prize and go...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Best In Show...

Two For A Buck
36x24, Oil/Canvas
Best In Show, Art Explosion, 2011

"Two For A Buck" is the first painting in what I hope will become a series of Vendors and Scenes from The County Fair. I delivered it today (still wet!) as one of my entries in Art Explosion 2011, a juried exhibition sponsored by Arts United of Fort Lauderdale. I am honored that is was awarded "Best In Show". The opening reception will be February 12, 2011, 6-9 pm, at Art Serve, 1350 Sunrise Boulevard.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Flamingo Reflections

30x10, Oil/Linen
Handmade Frame

My first painting of the New Year 2011, Flamingo Reflections, will be featured at Flamingo Fest Art Exhibition to be held at Flamingo Gardens in Davie Florida. The event is january 15 & 16 but the artwork in The Gallery will be on display there until February 28. It is an amazing and beautiful garden with the flamingo lake and it is a place where all the birds in the aviary are rescues... They include White Pelicans, Bald Eagles, Roseate Spoonbills, a variety of Owls, and many others.

Flamingo Reflections was done mostly with a palette knife to keep energy and movement in the thick, lushly painted forms of the still bird.