Tuesday, December 13, 2011

White Abyss

White Abyss 7" x 5", acrylic on masonite
I've found that I am fond of patches of trees as well as vast fields. I plan to do a series in which I zero in on the forest, kind of like an abyss. There is a poem by Robert Frost called "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," in which he calls the woods "dark, deep and lovely." I like paintings that have a quiet and pondering mood. My teachers often said that you can choose to either shout at the world or whisper to it. I might be in the latter category.
This painting called "The Lost Jockey" by Rene Magritte is my favorite in terms of snowy scenes. I like how the trees look like the structure of a leaf, veins and all. I think that paintings and poems have a lot in common.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Delightful Carnation

A Delightful Carnation 2.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This is another tiny thing I made for the art sale. I think that the top of the bottle looks like those warp pipes from Mario. I like the outline and the general style. It often seems like tinier pieces take longer sometimes, especially when you're fussing over an ellipsis on the bottle. In one of my Romanticism classes I wrote a paper on miniatures. Along with the paper I had to recreate how they used to make miniatures and I chose to cut some copper plate into an oval. I think the other option was to do watercolor on ivory, but that's not really an accessible item in the 21st century. Anyway, I used oil paints (some that I mixed from powder like they used to) and painted a self-portrait. Very good project, I pretty much stipple anything that is tinier than this.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Rose in Repose

Rose in Repose 3.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This painting is just a tiny thing, it looks really cute on one of those mini-easels they sell for $2 at art supply stores. I'm very excited because I finally signed up for dailypaintworks.com, it's an art auction site that feels a lot like an art community. I think I'll get a lot of motivation from their weekly challenges. Daily painting is a very good practice to get into; it makes it so painting becomes a natural and fluid practice. I had a teacher that used a personal example talking about daily practices, he said that he lived with a lot of trees in his backyard and there was always a mountain of leaves to clean up. He said that it is more productive to chip at it everyday rather than all at once, you can enjoy better that way. I always think back to my lessons in school and understand things a bit more readily.

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Primary, 6" x 6" acrylic on canvas
This is a fun painting I did for client at the gallery. It reminds me of a pile of sticks with primary colors.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Revisiting Pieces

Icy Day, 6" x 6", Acrylic on masonite
Here is a piece I did about a half year ago. It was from a picture I took of a snowy walk. I liked how vague the snow can make things appear. I enjoy how simplistic and implusive the brushstrokes are. It's seems to be all about simplifying things and squinting your eyes. I'm preparing this piece to get framed for the gallery, it will be a black floater frame. I am getting better at taking pictures of my work since I found a setting on my camera to make it a bigger sized picture; thus, better resolution. Score :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

November Sky

November Sky, 6"x6", Acrylic on masonite
This is a painting that I have spoofed up a bit. I added small impressionistic brushstrokes and made the painting brighter in some areas to give it a glow. It takes a while to see what a painting needs to get it to completion. I've found that taking pictures of your paintings really does make you step aside from your painting and see it with fresh eyes; you can see the flaws more readily. An intern at the gallery, Kara Gut, took this photo for me with a 35 mm digital camera, I can definitely see the difference in quality. Click on it! Really high resolute. :) Fantastic.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fall Squash

Fall Squash, 6" x 6", oil on masonite
I like how I handled the brushstrokes under the squash, along with the shadow around the squash.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Napa Valley

Napa Valley 11" x 14" Acrylic on Canvas
Here's a painting I did of the Napa Valley for Terra Gallery. When I head out west in a few years I will definitely be plein-air painting around vineyards. I also included a detail shot so you can see the texture. I used Mark Gringerich's pieces for inspiration, he has a really fresh style.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lit Candle and Sage

Lit Candle and Sage
6" x 6"
oil on masonite

I like how the composition turned out in this one. For next time I am going to try for broader strokes with more contrast so that they show up a bit better digitally. When images are digital you tend to not see how tactile the paint is. Until I saw Giorgio Morandi in person, I had no idea his images had thick and layered paint, which in turn made the paintings look entirely new to me.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Windy Day
Oil on masonite
6"x 6"
Plein-Air painting is probably the best thing ever. Feeling the breeze outside contributed to this painting. I was thinking a lot about the impressionists because I was trying to get the effect of the tree blowing in the wind, like trying to capture a single moment. The wind was also making it lean to the left, so I tried to express that. At first, I didn't like how the brush strokes in the sky were in circular pattern, but now I don't mind it so much, feels more windy that way. Very thick paint, I don't think that thick paint normally works on small surfaces, but I like this result. The main thing that bugs me about thick paint with oils is the paint just sucks in any color you put on; it turns into a muddy vortex of paint. I did find that scraping paint off is a lot more constructive rather than destructive. I've heard that artists like Whistler would just wipe their paint off in order to say things simpler. This is key, simplify.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Storm, oil on masonite, 6"x 6" Long time since last post. I took this from Terry Adam's mobile upload on facebook. I thought it captured the feeling of that last storm perfectly. I put this oil based medium below which gave it a brushy feeling. I also used a palette knife for some of the foreground area.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Cosmo in Whiskey Glass

Cosmo in Whiskey Glass, oil on masonite, 5" x 7" With this one I wanted to have a mosiac type of style with strong chromatic intensity. Overall, I don't have any compliants about it. Next time, I think I'm going to use more of the background color in the painting, along with some palette knife action.

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Cosmos, oil on masonite 8" x 10" I am going to make probably two more flower pictures in the next few days before my cosmos die. I'm still trying to loosen up my style a bit more. This time I tried to use my flat brushes to make the mark. I like that the marks are very deliberate. I used to have a teacher that described good colors as 'tasty,' I've been keeping that in mind.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

First Post!

Spotlights, oil on masonite My teacher always said that I should 'wear styles' when painting. I'm trying to get a more brushy, impressionistic type of style. I've been admiring Monet's haystacks and Manet's flower paintings. I usually lean more towards realism and blending, so I'm trying to break out of that mode. I think a brushy style can describe things a little better, like imply movement or form. I found my spotlights like this in my closet, so I decided to drape some cloths over them to give more color to the scene. Plus, I love the way those spotlights catch various colors of the environment. The signature is new, thought I might try a new one every so often with these daily paintings.