Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Garden Shop

Acrylic on 9x12 canvas panel
Email me if interested in this painting

This is another in my series of "1934 Oradell Houses." I have decided to paint more from these wonderful black-and-white photos. This particular one caught my eye because of the signage on the side of the building. Here is a link to the original photo. Painted signs on sides of brick buildings was fairly common during that time - and there are buildings in my neighborhood that still have the faint outline of some of the letters. 

Artist Note:

I am currently preparing my pieces for this years Art in the Park show which is in early October. I've decided this year to focus on architectural paintings, since it's something I so fond of doing. Some of the paintings I did last year will be included (the Mansion, Carriage House, Round Porch & Blue Striped Awnings to name a few). But I am also planning on some new ones - and this is one of the them. I plan on doing a castle also! Lot's to paint!

I am also going to sell prints of some of my pieces. An assortment of 8x10 matted prints will be available at the show also. Again, lots to do! I ordered a batch of show-kits (mat, backboard & clear bag) online & will be busy printing and packaging. I know I have time until the Oct 11th show date, but I hate to wait on these things. I so often run out of time & then stress as I scramble to pull things together! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

White Peonies

"White Peonies"
9x12 acrylic on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

These white peonies are anything but white! I wanted to add shading, shadows, highlights  to these white flowers - but also add a touch of color to them as well. I love the outcome! There is also a certain amount of texture, as the paints are a little thick in spots. I think it adds interest.

This was an older painting of mine that I reworked in some areas. And all is against a rich, dark background to help make these flowers pop off the canvas!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bald Eagle

"Bald Eagle"
8x10 acrylic inks & washes on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is the second painting I did when I was at the gallery this past weekend. And much like "Golden", it is done with pen & ink with acrylic washes. The challenge with this one was how to convey "white" without leaving it just plain white!

Using only subtle washes, I tried to add the shading in the areas of the feathers that would reflect light. And also in the areas where there were some light shadows. The background on this is a very deep, dark green.

These smaller ink/wash paintings have been fun. I find that only certain subjects really lend themselves to this style - at least for my version of the technique. Feathers, I think, are perfect to convey with lines. Also, architectural items. 

It occurred to me that this technique is similar to scratchboard, which is something I haven't done in quite some time. Now I have the urge to do another one of those soon!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Doorway

"The Doorway"
8x10 acrylic inks & washes on canvas board
Available through DPW gallery/auction

This is my submission to this months Virtual Paintout - Kinmen Island. The original link can be see here.

I have to admit that I knew very little about this island until this VPO visit. Bill described the island on the VPO website as: 

The island of Kinmen is part of a small archipelago of several islands administered by Taiwan. Administratively, it is Kinmen County of Fujian Province, Republic of China (ROC). The county is claimed by the People's Republic of China (PRC) as part of its own Fujian Province's Quanzhou Prefecture.

Interesting place to visit. And very varied in it's areas to paint. Some urban, some rural and some simply vegetation. This took me quite a while to find, but when I saw the open doorway with the plants inside I immediately grabbed my pen!


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