Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Big House

"The Big House"
16x20 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
commissioned piece - NFS

Please pardon my absence but I have been so busy (too busy is there such a thing) with my day job, commissioned paintings, getting ready for an upcoming show in October, and handling gallery rotations. Oh, and just to add to the list, I'm writing a book also - about my daily commuting adventures in and out of NYC. 

This is one of a few Home Portraits I've done recently. This will be delivered over the weekend to a client who asked that the "older" style of her home be painted. She loves the porch that her home once had (it was enclosed years ago to enlarge the living area) and wanted to capture it in a larger painting that she will frame & hang. Needless to say, I was thrilled to do such a piece!

This painting was combined from a series of photos - some new, some old, and some right from Google maps! I combined bits & pieces from each to put together a single "photograph" to work from. Here is the combined photo - not designed to be pretty, just to merely show the elements (mainly the porch) in relation to the other parts. The old photo was in a sepia tone, so the "colors" to the older image were determined by both the client & myself. In a different older photo you can clearly see that the siding on the top was a cedar shake which the homeowner wanted to stand out. 


There have been a few other Home Portraits done recently - any that are intended as a gift I will not be posting until I know the gift has been given! No need to spoil anyone's surprise!

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Home portraits make a great gift and with the holidays right around the corner, now is a good time to order that portrait for gift-giving. Simply email me for details & we can discuss!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Loon

"Loon"
16 x 20 acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
image continues on 1-1/2 inch sides
Email me if interested in this piece

I love loons! They are the most welcomed bird at the lake every spring. They arrive before the crowds of summer people do. Their call is undeniably unique, usually in the early mornings when the lake is calm - when you hear it, you know you've heard a loon!

A link to hear one

I spent quite a bit of time on this one, doing wash after wash on the background but also on the bird's wings. I love how this turned out.

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The link below will bring you to some wonderful music - it's called Loon Summer. I listen to this often when I am painting, in fact, I listed to it exclusively when I painted this! It starts & no matter where I am, I get transported back to the lake. The lake is my happy place!

Enjoy!!






 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Stately Home

"Stately House"
10x20 acrylic on stretched canvas
commissioned piece - NFS

I realized this evening that I've been long overdue with posting new work on my blog as well as on my FB page. Art fans, please forgive me - it has been a hectic 2017 (so far)! I have been painting some commissioned pieces, and I am going to see if I can catch up with my posts over the next few days.

This home is in New Jersey and was a recent commission piece. It is a unique, historic sandstone home and I have to admit, I was quite nervous at first on how I would paint it. All that stone, and texture on the roof, the numerous windows, roof peaks - ai yi yi! But I started with the sky, then worked each "piece" of the puzzle, one by one. The chimneys, the roof (or should I say roofs?), the eaves were next with their numerous points & shadows. Then it was time to start the windows - again, one by one. 

It always amazes me that what I think will be "easy" ultimately gives me the most challenge. I've done countless windows, but these - getting the symmetry correct, the centered position on some, the rounded tops on some. Even the front door! All a challenge. But I continued, section by section, piece by piece.

Once all the doors and windows were in, I sat frozen. Because next was the sandstone!!! One evening I spent time with my see-through ruler, drawing lines. Many lines, many different shapes & sizes -- all to represent the "stones" as I thought I saw them in the supplied photos. Here's a photo of that stage - and If you notice, the bottom right windows were not painted in yet. I was having a devil of a time getting them  positioned correctly! 


One the sketching was done, the painting sat & waited for me to finally pick up a brush & start working on the stones. Again, section by section:


Eventually, I had all the stones, and all the windows - last I added the front stairs & shrubbery. It was done but I wasn't quite satisfied with it. So I walked past it for a few days, stopping to look then kept walking. What was missing? Then I suddenly realized it needed better shadows, better darks & lights. 


I worked the shadows over the course of 1 week, tweaking here & there until I was satisfied. When I sent an image of the painting to the buyer, they pointed out that there was a bit of the building missing on the left side (it was lost in dark shadows in the supplied photos). My heart sank at the thought of this painting being wrong & rejected! 

But nothing is permanent to an artist, and with a bit of work on both sides of the painting, the building & it's sides were in place and the whole image was in balance. 


The painting will be delivered to it's now owner next week, he is quite happy with the outcome. 

So am I!





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Never Accept Defeat!!


Do you remember this piece? The Hedgerow, one of my larger pieces, was entered (and later declined) from 2 shows. I actually felt bad for the piece - in my heart, I just knew it was a good painting.

Well, 3rd time is the charm. It was accepted in to the Fulton-Montgomery Art Show in upstate NY, which is held this year at the Paul Nigra Art Center. 

And I'm thrilled to say it won Best In Show/First Place - all media!! 

I knew, I just knew, the painting would get noticed! So glad it has gotten the recognition I always felt it deserved.

So my blog title on this ..... "never accept defeat" quite simply means that life may dish out defeat to you, but you have the option to accept it ...... or not! So glad I did not stop after 2 rejects! :)


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