Monday, December 07, 2009

Praire Mist

This is a 5 x 7 on canvas that started out last summer as a watercolor. I was trying out a new gesso recipe and just playing around. I put in the sky, the tree on the right and the foreground. I liked it but there was nothing on the left and it felt a little empty. The sky was great so I just left it on my wall and I've been looking at trying to figure out what to do to it. I put it in photoshop and played around but nothing good came out. then I was painting some copper jewelry and had the acrylics out so I started in on it with those colors. I put in the the background and the let trees and glazed the foreground with q gold. Now I really like it.
I scanned it at high res and looked at in photoshop . It's like looking at it under a microscope. I found this composition. Can you see the bird in the bush?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

value sketches

I started taking Melanie Peter's drawing class. It's back to the basics and very helpful in learning how to see shapes and values and how to place them correctly on the paper. These are the first 2 sketches. We are using charcoal and white pastel on toned gray paper. I'm having fun with this. We are drawing using shapes instead of line. The idea is that shadow shapes define the object. It's actually easier to draw this way than trying to outline the objects and then fill in the values. With this method we start with the biggest shapes and continue to refine those. We start with 2 values. All the lights and all the darks, defining the shapes of the shadows the toned paper being the mid tones. The beauty of this medium is the ease with which it erases. The shapes and edges can be moved and changed as you progress. First the paper is covered with a light charcoal toning darks are placed with soft charcoal and the lights are erased. As the shapes are refined the accent darks and lights come last. These set ups are all white with a single light source. I did these in about 1 1/2 hours each The second one was actually pretty complicated. It still needs a lot of work but there is a time limit. You can see that I never made it to finishing the top of this plant stand. The edges still need allot of work. An ellipse is a difficult shape

both sketches are on the same paper

Friday, October 30, 2009

random photos

I was shooting some jewelry and clicked off a few random shots that I thought might make good starts and compositions for a series of abstract paintings ( my daydream series) that I want to explore more. These were potoshopped a little for color and cropping. The top one is an untouched original. I know, everyone has photoshop but the idea was to come up with a way to start an abstract painting not to produce finished art with manipulated photos. Allot of abstracts that I see just look like a infantile versions of a subject. Sometimes it seems like an excuse for not developing drawing or painting skills. Sometimes it's just random marks, or color fields or grids, or "expresionism". They don't seem to have a composition, design or a focus. The good abstracts have design and focus and are well made. (IMO). But where does the original idea for non objective abstracts come from?. That's where I'm having trouble getting started. My daydream series has been about the landscape so far with elements of watercolors on paper as collage. They are more surreal than abstract but they are usually based on or around the collage element. This series may continue with the collage elements but using this idea of random, found designs as a starting point appeals to me. I've used the idea in jewelry with a series called "throwing bones". (If your interested in that idea make a comment and I'll post something about it on the jewelry blog.)

This is an untouched photo from this series



Friday, October 09, 2009

Partly Cloudy and Hot


This is a 5 x 7 watercolor on canvas I did in the studio from memory. I'm painting on a new gesso recipe here and really like the way it takes the paint. It's as close as I've come to the feel of paper. Unframed 60.00

Monday, August 17, 2009

New plein air paintings

5 x 7 watercolor on canvas
5 x 7 watercolor on canvas



Three painting done from the deck on Fripp Island SC. These were really fun and probably some of the best I've come with working form life outside. Something I don't do much. I think these are the first ones I've done outside with watercolor on canvas.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

3 new landsacpes

This little series got started one day when I didn't feel like making jewlery. I've been experimenting with a new gesso recipe. I'm trying to get the feel and look of paper when painting on canvas. One of the main things I like about watercolor is the way the paint flows on the wet paper. That doesn't happen naturally on canvas so you have to prime the canvas. Well I have a new secrete sauce that I really like and these are the first paintings on it. They are all 3 x 5 and all done with the same palette. FUB, Aureolin, quin. magenta, trans red ox. The gesso on this one is put on with a palette knife and has an interesting texture that can be seen in the clouds
This one is from a picture of cedar key as I was driving over the bridge. The gesso here is put on fairly smoothly with a credit card ( gotta use them for something). Some texture is evident in the clouds.

The gesso in this one was put on with a roller and the texture is quite pronounced. These 3 have all been framed and are hanging in the artisians guild for the Monthly show. Unframed they are 60.00 each As a special to bloggers and fans I'm offering them for 40.00 each. Just comment or email me if your interested and we'll get together.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Barn painting commission

Finished painting 12 x 16 watercolor and acrylic on canvas After it was dry I re worked the tree to make the leaves a little more pronounced and I changed the color of the tree trunk with acrylic
After the second wash. With this technique I can only put in 2 washes and that's pushing it. The under painting immediately dissolves when it gets wet with the next layer. It has to be much dryer paint and has to be done in one go. No going back.
This is the first wash. Putting in the large areas first. The substrate for this on is gesso on canvas

Original Paintings

This is before. The original way I painted this 16 x 20 . The marsh creek part in the middle is a watercolor on canvas that I collaged onto the bigger canvas and then painted around it. I was never happy with it
This is after the changes. I like this much better. It really has a 3d effect.
Estuary Daydream 16 x 20 unframed watercolor and acrylic on canvas

Melrose Bay Boat Houses 36 X 12 Watercolor and acrylic on canvas  (sold)


Marsh Creek Dawn 11 x 14 Watercolor on Gallery Wrapped Canvas


Saturday, May 09, 2009

More on the Paint out

My tiny paint box and 5 x 7 in progress

The total opposite , Peter Carolin with his giant pallet

party time

Sunset on Melrose bay

Hungry spectator

Linda Pence doing a water color

Here are a few more pix from the Melrose paint out. I'm one of those people that likes to get ready for things. I also don't do many paintouts. Those 2 facts lead to nearly a day of packing up art supplies in various bags for different mediums. I have several things for painting in watercolor on site because I do that on occasion. Two or 3 different little pallets and no less than 5 Altoids boxes set up with different triads. A really nice Winsor Newton pocket pallet. A pencil bag with all the drawing stuff. A wrap with several brushes. Paper in pads and cut sheets. Everything is small. Paper is 5 x7 or 7 x 10. I also paint on panels and canvas with watercolor so I had some of those too. I also have this little plastic pill box that I set up as a paint box with 6 colors and white. I covered a piece of mat board with contact paper for a painting board and use a water brush with water it the handle of the brush, squeeze to wet. I also had a bag for acrylics and my motorcycle tank bag set up with jewelry making supplies. So with all this gear what do you think I used? The little plastic pill box and the water brush! The smallest, pocket sized thing I have. I gravitate toward the most compact set up in the field but I still love getting all that other stuff ready!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Here's a shot of the drone on the ground. This thing was incredible to watch. He would program it to fly to a certain spot , take certain pictures and then return and land. Then he would stand with us and watch, hands free, as it executed the commands. It hovered, moved and sounded like a giant humming bird

Fw: Photos caught by the drone

a shot taken by drone above the van that contains the computer that controls it. very Si Fi. Kind of reminds me of Blade Runner

you can see the small size and the camera hanging from the bottom. the 4 props do all the controling by varing the speed of the individual blades.

A shot taken while landing

Linda Spent hours stiching together several photos the drone took to get this panaranic shot. Nice job Linda!


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These photos were taken by Walter Volkman, Mary Jane's husband, at the Open Air Arts event. You make have seen his Omnirove.com vehicle flying high in the sky while you were painting on Saturday. Melrose Bay is actually about 5 photos Linda put together. It is 36" by 9" full size. I hope you like it. A few of you were captured by the drone. Contact Linda at Bellamy road for details or copies

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fw: Just for Fun....OAA movies on youtube



Ellie Blair's band playing on the pontoon boat on Melrose Bay during one of the special public viewing days and Peter Carolin swimming across the bay in grand entrance to party at Ron Haase's.
Wonderful fun.
Here are three short movies to remind you of the fun we had at the Melrose paint out

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Open air art


The Melrose paint out was a blast. I made some open air jewlery out of Magnolia leaves I found in front of the Melrose Bay Gallery.

In this picture my sister Les, visiting from Vancouver Island, Canada, is helping out making "beads" from cut up leaves. She is a pro at this. Her main art form these days is making jewelry from manipulated found objects. She was an innovator long ago in this "field". Before it was "green" it was keen. We were working on the front porch at Bellamy Road Gallery



Here the leaves have been wrapped around sticks with copper wire and several layers of acrylic medium and varnish have been added for protection and durability
















This is another shot of the leaves in process of adding acorn "beads" to the leather necklace. I used one of Les's finds, a squished bottle cap, as part of the clasp.









Here it is in the finished state














and on display at Melrose Bay Gallery














I also did 3 paintings in watercolors sitting by the lake on a couple of different days. Sorry about the bad pictures. I wasn't thinking far enough ahead to take good ones. The 2 framed 8 x 10's are on paper as are 3 that I mounted as greeting cards. The larger 11 x 14 is watercolor on gessoed board.





























Here is one in progress with my little watercolor set up. This is a 5 x 7 painting and watercolor set I made in a small plastic box.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009




This is a little video of my booth at the New Smyrna show before I sold anything on Sat morning.


Here's a little email interview with my sister


Congrats on getting in. I thought you weren't going to do both jewelery and painting ever again in one show?

I don't want to do 2 at once because it's so much work and so little interest but I don't know how else to get recognized as a painter and I feel I have to do it as a jeweler too just because that's what I do

Too bad about the Daytona show.

Actually it wasn''t that bad I sold my biggest watercolor A full sheet painting of "Beach Ghosts" (print on my site) so I was quite glad to be able to sell that even at half price. There was a small scratch on the plexi and some detritus between the mat and plexi so she felt she was going to have to re glaze it. No more paintings framed behind glass! I still like to paint on paper but I'm going have to let the customer do the framing or I''m going to continue to mount them on canvas and board.

Did you make your booth fee??

I also sold one called "mayday" and a small 5 x 7 of a sunset on the marsh and one print. All at 30% off , My super bowel weekend discount .. ( I had a sign but I thought it looked tacky so I didn't put it up. I looked at it later and realized I spelled it supper bowel :>) will paint for food)
So I did ok since I was figuring on not selling anyting. I was just glad to reduce my inventory a bit.
I took some pics of the booth and a littlle movie to put up here. The day after I got home I went to my bag and reached for the camera and it wasn't there! I looked everywhere of course. Not to be found. I knew it was either under the bed in the condo in Daytona or on the street behind my booth. I didn't think it was on the street because I would have seen it while breaking down. I was tempted to just leave it since I have to go back down there in March to do another painting show with Bob but the curiosity was killing me. So Tues. I went back to Daytona to find it. Bob G came with me so that made it enjoyable. We took a back route down there. It was a beautiful day for a ride. We got there and I lifted up the dust thingy around the bed and there it was, Just as I suspected! It just rolled out of my bag.
Bob wanted to look at boats so we went to a boat yard but it was just fishing boats so we headed home but not with out stopping for bbq on the main drag on Daytona Beach. I was stuffed but it was good. We took yet another back way home and got back around 3 pm. It was like a Sunday drive on Tuesday.

Do you have other shows in Feb and Mar?

Bob and I are doing a local one here at the Town of Tioga Hanna was here for that one last year. It was pretty good .. but that was last year. The Ponce Inlet show March 14th
pd

Monday, February 09, 2009

Art Show in New Smyrna


Congrats on getting in. I thought you weren't going to do both jewelery and painting ever again in one show?

I didn't actually do this show in both catagories . I applied in both and only got into painting. If I had got into both I would have picked one. Probably jewelry, so I guess I'm glad I didn't get in so I had to do it as a painter. I don't want to do 2 at once because it's so much work to get ready for 2 shows at once. But I don't know how else to get recognized as a painter and I feel I have to do it as a jeweler too just because that's what I do.

Too bad about the Daytona show.

Actually it wasn''t that bad I sold my biggest watercolor A full sheet painting of "Beach Ghosts" (print on my site) so I was quite glad to be able to sell that even at half price. There was a small scratch on the plexi and some detritus between the mat and plexi so she felt she was going to have to to re glaze it. No more paintings framed behind glass! I still like to paint on paper but I'm going have to let the customer do the framing or I''m going to continue to mount them on canvas and board.

Did you make your booth fee??

I also sold one called "mayday" and a small 5 x 7 of a sunset on the marsh and one print. All at 30% off , My super bowel weekend discount .. ( I had a sign but I thought it looked tacky so I didn't put it up. I looked at it later and realized I spelled it supper bowel :>) will paint for food)
So I did ok since I was figuring on not selling anyting. I was just glad to reduce my inventory a bit.
I took some pics of the booth and a littlle movie to put up here. The day after I got home I went to my bag and reached for the camera and it wasn't there! I looked everywhere of course. Not to be found. I knew it was either under the bed in the condo in Daytona or on the street behind my booth. I didn't think it was on the street because I would have seen it while breaking down. I was tempted to just leave it since I have to go back down there in March to do another painting show with Bob but the coursity was killing me. So Tues. I went back to Daytona to find it. Bob G came with me so that made it enjoyable. We took a back route down there. It was a beautiful day for a ride. We got there and I lifted up the dust thingy around the bed and there it was, Just as I suspected! It just rolled out of my bag.
Bob wanted to look at boats so we went to a boat yard but it was just fishing boats so we headed home but not with out stopping for bbq on the main drag on Daytona Beach. I was stuffed but it was good. We took yet another back way home and got back around 3 pm. It was like a Sunday drive on Tuesday.

Do you have other shows in Feb and Mar?

Bob and I are doing a local one here at the Town of Tioga Hanna was here for that one last year. It was pretty good .. but that was last year. The Ponce Inlet show March 14th
pd