Friday, August 19, 2016

Blue Moon Art Tour - 10th Anniversary

We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Blue Moon Art Tour this Labor Day weekend -  Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm both days. Sara Balbin, Diana Randolph, Reg Behrends and I will open our studios and have artwork for sale, refreshments, door prizes and demonstrations at scheduled times on both days. In my demonstration, I will explain how I determine the key colors and shapes in a flower. Then I will begin a floral painting in oil to show the process.

PLUS at my studio I will give a 10% discount on all original artwork.

For more information, go to www.bluemoonarttour.blogspot.com  
Hope you can join us!

Here is a sample of some of the new work you will see in my studio:



"Apron and Bouquet", 18" x 14", oil on linen





"Radicchio", 9" x 12", oil on linen





"Chinese Lanterns", 8" x 8", oil on linen, SOLD





"Lilacs and Goblet", 8" x 8", oil on linen, SOLD





"Red Hightops", 9" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD





"Lilacs and Fringe", 12" x 9", oil on linen, SOLD





"Lemon Lilies", 8" x 10", oil on linen





"Primary Sunflowers", 14" x 11", oil on linen, SOLD





"Nasturtium Fantasy", 30" x 40", oil on linen, SOLD


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Faces and Figures

"Faces and Figures" is a two-person art exhibit at Firefly in Seeley, WI. My friend, artist Judy Newberry, and I wanted to focus on painting "people" – capturing the gestures and expressions of folks in the activity of daily life. The paintings in this exhibit are the result of our exploration. They include portraits as well as figures and are in a variety of media: oil, watercolor, charcoal and mixed media. The exhibit will be on display from June 26 – August 6, 2016.

Here is a look at the work I have in the exhibit.



"Irish Gent", 16" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD



"Halo", 16" x 12", oil on linen



"Sunday Morning", 16" x 12", oil on linen



"Betsy", 12" x 9", oil on linen



"Sandcastles", 9" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD



"Bringing in Firewood – Study", 12" x 9", oil on linen, SOLD



"Jane in Cape", 13.5" x 7.5", charcoal and pastel



"Bass Blues", 20" x 15", mixed media

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dark Backgrounds

Dark backgrounds set the stage for dramatic lighting options. The Dutch masters used this technique and called it chiaroscuro. Using dark transparent colors helps give a feeling of depth. I thin the dark colors and wash them onto the canvas leaving drips and brush strokes. Then I use opaque colors for the objects and try to make them "emerge" from the darkness. 






















"Limes, Plates, Pitcher", 18 x 14", oil on linen




























"Lemons & Chinese Bowl", 18" x 14", oil on linen


















"Persimmons & Chinese Bowl", 8" x 8", oil on linen




















"Daffodils & Creamer", 9" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD

High-key Paintings

After working on a few paintings with dark backgrounds, I'm ready to switch to a high-key palette. With high-key paintings the emphasis is less on dark and light values and more on bright color relationships. I tried to make "Lemons & Daffodils" as bright as I could. The darkest values are the mid-tones.



























"Lemons & Daffodils", 16" x 20", oil on linen




























"Memories of Sicily", 18" x 14", oil on linen



While bright, the next two paintings rely more on dark values.



























"Breakfast Still Life", 20" x 16", oil on linen, SOLD
























"Meadow Bouquet", 16" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD



Small High-key Paintings

Instead of using a stand light, I used the natural light from my north window to backlight the set up. I love the warm light cast by the maple syrup. Makes me hungry for pancakes.

"Eggs & Maple Syrup", 9" x 7", oil on board, SOLD



Painting the egg white was the challenge in this one.

"Broken Egg", 6" x 8", oil on linen, SOLD


I like the way the leaves turned out in this painting.

"Radishes", 8" x 8", oil on linen, SOLD




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers...

It has been a good summer for growing flowers. I've taken many photos in my garden as well as in the gardens of friends. I'm always trying to think more abstractly and focus on simplified shapes instead of details as I paint. I decided that painting from these photographs rather than from life might help me with this process. I'm posting these in chronological order.

















"Hellebore", 8" x 8", oil on linen


















"Iris", 8" x 8", oil on linen, SOLD









"Peonies #2", 8" x 8", oil on linen



"Peonies", 14" x 18", oil on linen



I haven't worked this large for a number of years. I enjoyed using big brushes and big strokes with lots of drips.

"Peonies #3", 30" x 40", oil on linen, SOLD
















Figures and Portraits


Our niece Jane visited us for a weekend this spring and I snapped some shots of her reading the morning paper. I still prefer working from life, but for figures in settings like this, I use reference photos.

"Sunday Morning", 16" x 12", oil on linen



























Do you recognize the wood carrier? You can't beat a free model.

"Bringing in Firewood", 20" x 16", oil on linen





























"Chelsea", 18" x 14", oil on linen

Nasturtiums


Many of you know that nasturtiums are my favorite flower. I plant them every year in my garden to enjoy and paint. Here are a couple recent works.






















"Nasturtiums in Blue Pitcher", 8" x 8", oil on linen, Sold






















"Tea for Two", 14" x 18", oil on linen, Sold

Red Wings





















Boots and shoes are favorite subjects of mine. After years of wear, they seem to conform to the shape of the owner and pick up some soul, too. These are my father-in-law's old Red Wing boots. He spent many hours in them tramping through the woods. 

"Red Wings", 18" x 14", oil on linen, Sold

Sunday, August 24, 2014

July Lunch





















Although I wanted this arrangement to have a random look, I spent a fair amount of time designing the composition. I drew intersecting diagonal lines on my canvas to help determine where to  place the focal point and how to lead the eye through the composition. I also decided I wanted blue as the color theme. Before starting the large painting, I painted a small study to experiment with colors and composition.

"July Lunch", 16" x 20", oil on linen, Sold