Sunday, November 18, 2012

Back Yard Plein Air...

11 x 11
Pastel/Wallis Panel

... finding the movement of light in a back yard still life, this new pot of Chrysanthemums waiting for a proper pot...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Self Portrait...

Pastel/Sanded Paper

Looking intensely in a mirror, I did this self portrait using only Terry Ludwig's Pastel Portrait Set. The only light in the studio was from the north window.  I sat facing the North West...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vizcaya, Plein Air..

8x6, Oil/Canvas Panel

It was great to once again be painting at Vizcaya in Miami, the Italian Renaissance home and gardens of James Deering. With this little painting I wanted to suggest the movement of the brilliant sunlight as it illuminated the splendor of the setting...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wet 4, 5 & 6.....

Wet #4, Shower Curtain
20X16, Oil/Canvas
Palette Knife

Wet #5, Mirror
14X11, Oil/Encaustic Panel
Palette Knife

Wet #6, Towel
10X8, Oil/Encaustic Panel
Palette Knife

Wet~ Shower

!0x8, Oil/Encaustic Panel
Palette Knife

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Wet #3 ~ Sun Stripes

15x8, Oil/Canvas Panel/Palette Knife

This is the third in my new series, "Wet".. This painting came about when I saw the early morning sunlight coming through the wooden blinds in my bedroom. The Sunlight was bouncing off a red quilt illuminating the room with a brilliant pink glow...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ocean View

Ocean View
16x16, Oil / Canvas Panel / Palette Knife

This is a view of an East Coast sunset in Fort Lauderdale.. The setting sun from the west  illuminated the clouds dramatically and beautiful during an evening walk on the beach.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Faheem, Red Scarf

Oil/Encaustic Panel
Palette Knife

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Big Cypress Palms


.. a revisit to my Big Cypress Moon reference photo with a looser hand and a few modifications, using palette knife only...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wet... a new series

Oil/Gessoed Panel

I am starting a another series of my male nudes. It will be the "Wet" series, and i hope to have 10 or so in the coming months. With these I will be using palette knives and putty knives to help expand on the looser energy I am looking for.. hope you will stay tuned and see what develops...

A Touch of Chipotle Orange...

  I always try to have my camera ready when I am and out about...I shot my reference photo for this painting while having lunch at The Legal Seafood Test Kitchen in Boston. I was attracted to the backlighting, the gesture of the waiter and the great reflections in the bar.. It was another opportunity to play with the movement in the light..


Detail/ Ryan

I was very surprised and pleased when a young man in Boston saw A Touch of Orange Chipotle on facebook and recognized himself as the Waiter in my painting.. Thanks Ryan... adding another dimension of Life to my work...

A Little Plein Air..

White Bird of Paradise
Oil/Canvas Panle

on location

As I Am...


Seems I do a lot of self portraits... at least the model is always available and affordable. I am working on loosening up my style and continuing my search for movement in my paint. As I Am received Judges Recognition in a recent show....

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

More Doughnuts....

Doughnuts #2 
Tower of Willpower
24x10, Oil/Canvas Panel

Doughnuts #3
15x30. Oil/Canvas

This small series has been a great way to clear my head, be playful and work on technique. There is a lot of paint on these applied in quick and generous strokes. This may conclude the Doughnut series, but  there may be a few more sweet treats up my sleeve...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Plein Air .....

 Shaded Bougainvillea
8x8, Oil/Canvas Panel

Markham Park
8x8, Oil/Canvas Panel

Last week I had the pleasure of painting outdoors with Eden Compton again... We met on a beautiful sunny morning in the Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale where I did Shaded Bougainvillea. The next morning, overcast, we went to Markham Park where the sun, dancing in and out, kept both of us chasing the light. Even with the mixed weather it was great to be out with such a good painting partner as Eden...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sweet Temptations
24x30, Oil/Canvas

I noticed the grids that are developing in the backgrounds of my last two Carnival Paintings... the stuffed animals in Take A Chance and the balloons in Player. I want to explore that idea using simple imagery.... The first being the doughnuts used here in Sweet Temptations. I expect balloons to follow, maybe toys and some of the other treats you would find at a Carnival. In the meantime, I will be playing around with the doughnuts in a few more paintings with different non-grid compositions...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Best In Painting Category
Art Explosion 2012
48x48, Oil/Canvas

"Player" is a return to my Carnival Series. It was awarded Best in Painting at Arts United, Art Explosion 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Here, the vendor is harassing you to step up and take a shot. Your reflection in the shiny balloons is your target... burst it and claim your prize... It's all right here, happiness and joy are waiting for you... Be a Winner.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


30x40, Oil/Canvas

With this landscape I kept all the colors in my palette full and rich to express the celebration of another day completed ... as the sun is settling into the evening....

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Big Cypress Moon

30x40, Oil/Canvas
Collection Loxahatchee Club, Jupiter, Florida

I recently went to Big Cypress National Preserve for the first time... We were there for a day and did not even begun to sink our little toe into the beauty of nature to be found in this great swamp of the Everglades. It seemed alligators were lining every dirt road and canal and the variety of water birds was endless... I can not wait to go there for some plein air work.
Big Cypress Moon is a studio piece I did from reference photos...

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Year's Tradition

Self Portrait, 1-1-2012
Pastel/Wallis Paper

It is my tradition to do a self portrait on the first day of each New Year... It keeps a check on my progress as well as the roadmap of my face and is a nice way to ensure I spend a few hours dedicated to painting as a new year begins....

The Bad Blogger Returns....

Self Profile 1-25-2012
20x16, Oil/Oil Primed Canvas Panel

My name is Greg and I have been a bad blogger... 2 retina tears repaired and 2 eye surgeries (L & R ) later, I have nothing to complain about now that everything is returning to a clear view. It's not just my vision that is focused, so let's get on with catching up.. in no particular order...

This is a self portrait sketch I did using two mirrors set up to reflect my profile. I did it outdoors facing North and used the Anders Zorn limited palette for flesh tones of Titanium White, Ivory Black, Cadmium Red and Gold Ochre.