Watch the short video below to see a few new paintings. For better color resolution, look at the pieces as they go up on my website. As always, I'd appreciate you sharing with your friends if you like what I do.
This is a quick blog entry here, to post pics of some recent pieces and
that is shockingly NOT SOLD that should be! Look below!!
Several of the newbies make good pairings..
September Pastoral l (Trees), 20"x16" oil on panel $2400 framed
September Pastoral ll(Path), 16"x12" oil on panel $1400 framed
Snapdragons, Peaches, Pear, 16"x12" oil on panel $1400 framed
The Grassy Slope, 8"x10" oil on panel, $800 framed
Summer Pastoral with Grazing Cows, 12"x16" oil on panel, $1300 framed
Hill in High Summer, 13"x14" oil on paper, $250 unframed
First Light Over the Lake, 9"x12" oil on paper, $200 unframed
if you'd like to ask about any painting above! Already have a Thimgan? Collector's discount honored.
Maybe I shouldn't tell -in case I can get it back- but
IT'S A PAINTED BOX
that I did last year, it's only $300 and it's
for keeping cell phone chargers and other oft used ugly items. The box is available at the Water Street Gallery. Tell them you saw it on my blog if you buy it:).
I think I'm still working on this piece. I want to work in the foreground especially. I'll re post an image when it's truly done. I'd love to sell this one before I invest in the frame. There are so many choices. The one I like the best is a heavy, antique style gold. It looks like a 200 year old painting in it, but that's not everyone's taste!
A plein air piece from last Friday.
Peonies with Green Glass and Apricots, 20x16 in. oil on panel, on hold
Beach Box Pastoral
It's a good month for them. For changes.
I decided to simplify my life and forget about a "website" for a while. I have the worst luck building or having one built for me. It seems too personal to have someone else do without having too many of my own opinions about the layout And when I do it? It
like I did with all of the little technical know-how I have within me.
JUNE NOTE: AH, DECIDED TO KEEP THE WEBSITE...IN SPITE OF ITS IMPERFECTIONS. THE GALLERIES ARE PRETTY HANDY.
So more power to the blog and Facebook studio gallery pages!
The painting below (speaking of changes) is a re-visit of a painting I did a year or two ago. You can see the older one on the wall behind the easel and canvas.
Here's a pic of the original....will be getting a hand finished frame this year, by the way.
And now---with no website to fret over---I'm going to go paint!! or work outside in my fledgling cottage garden I'm attempting!! Changes- hooray!!
Finally I can say that spring has taken hold here in Michigan. It was a long time in coming this year! I'm adding a new image of Bluebird Trail ll after having repainted a couple of passages of it that seemed to need some more care than the plein air visit afforded.
This 12 x 16 in. landscape is for sale through the Water Street Gallery
if you're local and want to take a look.
More new work on the way!
I have once again fallen behind terribly at updating the blog. There are so many things to juggle in life, not to mention actually painting!
After getting back from Italy, Joseph and I bought a little brick house that we fell in love with, our teenage daughter got Chicken Pox, and we had to have one of our dogs put to sleep. Then of course we get to settle into the new old house and repair some things.
The big loss with moving from our former place was the big studio in-home. Now I paint smaller pieces at home in any room I feel like using (usually the kitchen), and share AESTHETICS STUDIO with a couple of fellow artists in a local arts cooperative building for portraits and figures.
Why Wallpaper and Wallflowers? (the title of this post)
Well, the Wallpaper is obvious.
is the playful but woefully negative word I seized upon for my current work theme. I think my work has a solitary sweetness to it that sort of resonates with the word "wallflower". Since I often paint portraits of flowers-it also has a bit of tongue-in-cheek mixed in there. You can see more of the recent pieces that bloom under this theme on my website's Current Works page (obsolete link).
Bishop of Grand Rapids Commission
Below is the finished portrait of Bishop Hurley of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an excellent sitter and was very gracious to come for 4 sittings so that I could paint the gesture and his face from life, and get good color notes on his clothes.
I kind of like this photo because it shows the amount of warmth and color in the middle values of the painting a little better than the more formal photo of it. I'll try to get another image once it's in it's beautiful frame in a few weeks.
Finished painting of Bishop Hurley- right before delivery
Bishop Hurley finished with a portrait sitting
This second image shows the fourth sitting. I asked to photograph the bishop full length because I was missing a reference for the bottom hem of his white vestment. At this point I had added in a drapery in the background looking for a "naturalistic" way to work in the family crest in the upper left corner of the painting. In the end it seemed too distracting and looked like Bishop was leaning away from the cloth so I took it out and the painting came together beautifully.
An image I looked at for ideas on portraits of bishops with family crests
Close-up of Bishop's face. The light didn't go into the eyes until the very end. I had a hard time breaking eye contact with "him" after I knew that I had gotten it right!
Close-up of the sleeve and cross. I'm using calcium carbonate to build up sleeve texture.
Close-up of lap and hand. This pic is missing a bit of warmth in the fleshtones, oh well.
Thank you, Bishop Hurley and the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, for permission to share these images of our portrait project.