Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Colors of Summer" Exhibit at Firefly in Cable

I'm happy to announce "Colors of Summer", 
an exhibit of my paintings at Firefly in Cable, WI.  

Summer is here and I'm celebrating with paintings of my favorite subjects... flowers, produce from the Cable Community Farm, folks enjoying the season and lots of color. You'll find the paintings in the gallery space of Firefly, one of my favorite shops.

Dates of the exhibit are: July 3 - 31, 2018

You're invited to the gallery events on Friday, July 6th. 
      Demo and color discussion: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
      Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Firefly is located on Highway 63 just south of Cable, WI. The shop hours are:
      Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
      Sunday: 12:00 - 3:00

Here are some of the paintings in the show:

"Sunny Sunflower", 18" x 14", oil on linen

"Farmer and Chicken", 12" x 9", oil on linen, SOLD

"Reflections - Eggplant & Teacup", 9" x 12", oil on linen  SOLD

"Cherry Tomatoes", 14" x 18", oil on linen  SOLD

"Flower Girl", 8" x 8", oil on linen

"Ribbon & Grapes", 12" x 9", oil on linen

"Pears & Circles", 14" x 18", oil on linen  SOLD

"The Eclipse of La Pointe", 8" x 8", oil on linen

"Bag of Honeycrisps", 16" x 12", oil on linen, SOLD

"Inside the Coop", 12" x 9", oil on linen, SOLD

I've created a series of small oil paintings. They are each 6" x 6" and are mounted on a cradled board which can be framed or displayed unframed. The paintings work individually or can be grouped. 

"Sunflower #2"

"Sunflower #3", SOLD

"Sunflower #4", SOLD

"Yolk in Glass", SOLD

"Yolk in Silver Bowl", SOLD

"Yolk & Fork", SOLD

"Blue Glass & Lemon", SOLD

"Blue Glass & Apples Slices", SOLD

"Yellow Mug, Red Napkin", SOLD

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Thinking Abstractly

In October I attended a workshop designed to help representational painters think and work more abstractly. Our instructor was the painter Mark Daniel Nelson. He guided us through exercises in flattening space, massing values, cropping and generally prioritizing inspiration over technique. Mark was an excellent instructor. While I never intended to become an abstract painter, I'm trying to incorporate these concepts in my paintings. It is difficult to break old habits, but I'm trying to approach each painting from a different point of view. Here are a couple of the first paintings I completed after the workshop.

My reference for this was a photo I had taken on a trip to Barcelona. It was a busy street scene, but I was able to find big shapes, simplify areas and mass values to organize the composition. 

"Watching the Dance in Barcelona", 12" x 9", oil on linen

The challenge with this painting was combining the patterned background with the objects on top of it. I focused on the shapes and flattened the space.

"Mod Oranges", 14" x 18", oil on linen   SOLD