Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Merry Christmas to All!

Just a quick end-of-year holiday greeting and thank you to all of my blog readers! I wish you a Merry Christmas, or joyous holiday however you spend this time of year, and a fantastic New Year with plenty of productive time at your easel. Thanks for reading my posts, and I look forward to sharing with you some more in 2015.

Happy Painting,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Way-back Wednesday - Week 3

Time for my final two Way-back Wednesday paintings. Although I'm realizing that by the time my blog posts usually show up in your inbox, it could be the next day. In that case I suppose we can call it a Through-back Thursday promotion. In either case, if you'd like to purchase one of my favorite but slightly older little pastel studies for $85, here are the last two I'm offering...

Uphill Light, 8x10, pastel on mounted sanded paper

Fading Fast, 8x10, pastel on mounted sanded paper

Both of these little studies were painted on location in Albuquerque, NM in June 2013 during the week of the IAPS Convention. I'm excited to return there this coming June 2015 and hope to do some more plein air work!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Let it snow!

After spending a week in snowy Minnesota over Thanksgiving and stockpiling my snow scene photos, can you guess what our subject matter was in my December classes at my studio?

Below are my demos from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday classes held this past week.

Last Light on Wyanett Creek, oil, 11x14 (cell phone photo)

Wyanett Creek, oil, 8x10

Snow Glow, pastel, 8x10

All were done with a fairly limited palette, using very similar warm and cool hues in each of the value groups. Both the oil and pastel demos used warm underpaintings. Much of the snow in each of the three paintings is in shadow, which called for mid-range value grey-blues. The warm underpaintings allowed the greyed color to still contrast nicely and have some vibrancy, yet still read accurately in the shadow areas. An early stage of  "Last Light on Wyanett Creek" below shows this warm/cool contrast...

In the two oil demos, tube colors used were cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cad yellow, yellow ochre, terra rosa, alizarin crimson, transparent oxide red, and titanium white.

Sorry for the bad cell phone pic at the top. I shoot my oil paintings outside, and with the days getting dark so early, I ran out of time today to shoot it on my good camera. There's a little glare in the top right. Need to reshoot. But first, it's on to Christmas cookie baking!

Upcoming Workshops:

PASTEL Workshop - Stevensville, MD - 3-day 
Workshop - February 6, 7 & 8, 2015 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Demo - Thurs., Feb. 5, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, $45, $55 at door
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio 
609 Thompson Creek Rd.
Stevensville, MD 21666
(about 40 minutes from downtown Baltimore)

PASTEL Workshop - Bonita Springs, FL - 3-day 
Feb. 25, 26 & 27, 2015 (Wed/Thurs/Fri)
Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs
26100 Old US 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
$350/members; $400/nonmembers

OIL/PASTEL Workshop - Dahlonega, GA - 2-day 
March 19 & 20, 2015 (Thurs/Fri)
The Art Loft
Dahlonega, GA 
To register, visit

OIL/PASTEL Workshop - Newport, RI - 3-day
April 24, 25 & 26 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840
$365 NAM members; $420 non members

See my workshop page on my website for details and complete schedule through 2015, or email me with any questions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Way-back Wednesday - Week 2

It's 11:30 pm on Wednesday night and I just realized I almost forgot to post this week's Way-back Wednesday post. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm offering two pastel paintings a week for three weeks this month for $85 each. They're older paintings (okay, they're really not so "way back"...only a couple of years old) that are among my favorites but just haven't sold.

Following below are the next two paintings. Next week I'll post the last two.

Rum River Glow Study, 8x10 pastel on mounted sanded paper

Wintry Dusk, 8x10 pastel on mounted sanded paper

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Way-back Wednesday - Week 1

For artists who sell their work, it's odd sometimes when your favorite pieces don't sell, but other pieces you think are not as strong DO sell. Of course, art is and always will be somewhat subjective. People like what they like.

As older work starts to pile up in my studio, I go through it and sometimes purge some of the pieces I now feel were indeed weak. Like most artists, I have stacks and stacks of paintings that have never been been shown anywhere, and I would never consider attempting to sell them to anyone anywhere. But we all know that those "dud" paintings are necessary in order to eventually produce the ones that do make it out of the studio.

Well, as I'm realizing it's again time to purge some of my small pieces that I normally sell online, I was going through some older work and picked out some of my favorites that have never sold. I'd like to offer a two of these pieces each week for the next three weeks leading up to Christmas at a reduced price. All of the work would be 8x10 or 9x12 pastels from approximately 2 years ago, and available to purchase for $85 each (for either size) plus $12 shipping (and tax for GA residents) through Daily Paintworks/PayPal. And yes, these are among my favorites that I feel don't deserve to go in my "purge" pile!

I'm only promoting this through my blog to my faithful blog readers; not on Facebook or anywhere else. I appreciate all of you who continue to read my blog!

Here are the first two pastel paintings offered for this week:

Freshly Picked, 9x12 pastel on prepared gatorboard

Holiday Prep III, 9x12 pastel on mounted archival paper