Monday, December 24, 2012

Anniversary Wine

Anniversary Wine 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas
This is a piece I did for the gallery, a husband is surprising his wife for Christmas with this painting. I put two images above to show off the gold paint I used. I never realized how much of the gold shows even when mixed with other paint, it gives it more dimension, especially in person.

Saturday, December 22, 2012


Capri 24" x 36" oil on canvas
This is a painting I did for my parent's office, looks great in a gold frame! It's from their vacation photo in Capri, Italy. I need to get a better picture for this painting, the only way you can is by putting the image in sunlight. Working for clients in the gallery I finally figured out that most people have poorly lit spaces, thus lighter paintings always do better for residential commissions.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Got A Light?

Got A Light? 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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I got this box of matches in Las Vegas from a bar at the Aria, I've always wanted to paint it because of the sky blue color. This painting also has a pop-art quality, I thought a lot about Wayne Thiebaud when I did this.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Little Surprise

Little Surprise 6" x 6" oil on masonite
This is a present I wrapped for Christmas, I always love making the bow out of the same paper. This painting would make a good companion with my "Merci" painting.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hazy Autumn II

Hazy Autumn II 14" x 18" acrylic on canvas
I made this as a sample for a client that liked my other "Hazy Autumn" painting but he needed something horizontal and a bit more neutral in order to compliment his beige mantel. I do these paintings without any references, I think of these paintings as imprints of memories, like from driving around Galloway, admiring its farmland.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Aerial Ohio

Aerial Ohio 24" x 36" oil on canvas
This is a piece I did for a client based off an abstract that he had picked out. The painting reminded me of aerial views of Ohio, so I googled a bunch of overhead views taken from planes. I also put 'the oval' from OSU campus into the lower right hand side of the painting, it isn't too overt  I'm happy with it, it feels very solid in idea and execution. I think I'll make another one, but with red as a dominant and blue as an accent.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Merci 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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These are some candy from David's mom, she gets them from some of her German family members every year. This chocolate is called "Merci," it tastes like real chocolate, it kind of oozes in your mouth. Oh, candy is so fun to translate into paint, such playful shapes.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hazy Hillside

Hazy Hillside 30" x 12"  oil on canvas with 2.25" profile
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This is a view I have outside my window, I love looking at it on rainy days because the color of the hill is so rich, I always call it an Ohio gray. I also continued the painting along the edges, with my signature(HN) on the lower side of the profile.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Napa Valley

Napa Valley 11" x 14" oil on canvas
This is a painting I did for a client at the gallery, it's from their trip from the Napa Valley. I'd love to visit the Napa Valley one day and go on a wine tour. When I studied abroad in Italy, I went to an old winery that claimed "roots from the 13th century" or something, tasted like a smoked wooden barrel; it made me appreciate a dry Merlot. Ooh-dreams of wine country!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cosmic Rain

 Cosmic Rain 10" x 10"  acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 1.5 " profile
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In this diptych I played with three shades against black, it made for a nice color palette. I started these pieces with a neutral red-purple base, with red and eventually gold paint, finishing with the gold leaf. I signed my initials on the side of each as you can see in the last photo. The paintings are sealed with a gloss varnish and are ready to hang!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wired Sky

Wired Sky 12" x 12" acrylic on 2.25" cradled masonite
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I made this while in the gallery today, it's a view out the window. I've actually never painted power lines before so that was a new challenge. I liked just adding the tops of the buildings and just concentrating on the sky and the poles. This image feels so autumn, it's the type of day you sip coffee to keep the cold at bay.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Harvest 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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I did some plein-air painting yesterday, perfect fall day. I love painting in a neutral palette, it has a calming quality to it. This field only had a single stock from harvest left-it made good balance to the piece.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Harmony in Autumn

Harmony in Autumn 20" x 10" oil on canvas
This is a piece I'm doing for the gallery based on a client's vacation photo. The trees are very Corot-like, I love the sky-holes. The abstract quality is also pleasing, I could see myself cropping this in the upper-middle part.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gold Horizon

Gold Horizon 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas
This is a piece for a client based on colors in their room along with their taste in abstract art. I used real gold leaf in this piece so it's fun to see it glitter with light on it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Little Pumpkin

Little Pumpkin 6" x 6" oil on masonite
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I'm quite happy with how this turned out! The simpler, the better. I used natural lighting for this piece which accounts for the soft shadow in the background.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunset By Sea

Sunset By Sea 10" x 10" oil on canvas
This is a piece that I'm working on from a vacation photo. I struggled a bit with the photo because of the glare that happens with the sun. The painting almost looks airbrushed, I did a lot of glazing to get that effect.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dots and Panties

Dots and Panties 8" x 6" oil on linen
This is for the dailypaintworks challenge this week! I've never painted underwear before, I loved painting the silk and lace.  Lately, I've been doing a lot of wet-on-wet painting for my still life's, it's challenging but ultimately more satisfying.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sketch of a Squash

Sketch of a Squash 8" x 10" oil on linen
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This is a companion piece to "Portrait of a Pumpkin," they look fantastic next to one another. Lately, I have been concentrating more on different color schemes, squashes are especially handy for a neutral palette. I've been starting to realize you can put any color you want anywhere in the painting- as long as it has the same relationship of colors seen in the still life, like warm versus cool.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hazy Autumn

Hazy Autumn 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas
This is a piece I made while in the gallery today, I tend to work from memory with abstract pieces. I really enjoy that yellow against the purple/blue. The advantages to acrylic is that you can really build up the surface with molding paste and make it really shine with a gloss medium.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Delightful Danish

A Delightful Danish 6" x 6" oil on cradled masonite
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I'm starting to do a lot of my paintings alla prima, which means wet-on-wet, usually within one session. It's really more satisfying than a painting that takes days to do. I've been toying a lot with the whole purple/yellow color scheme, I really like it. When you have a limited color palette, the colors tend to not get as muddy, at least for me. How come no one told me how good cheese danishes are?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Autumn Sunset

Autumn Sunset 6" x 6" oil on 2" cradled masonite
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This is a plein-air piece I did outside my apartment, I let my cat out and I saw how the light was hitting the trees so I had to paint it. Since it was cold out it gave me a sense of immediacy which I especially need with a sunset scene, it's gone in 15 minutes. I'm pretty happy with this piece, it glows a pretty orange hue. Here's a picture of my kitties checking out the painting.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush 8" x  8" oil on canvas
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I used Wayne Thiebaud as a reference for this piece, I've always loved how he portrayed happiness. I noticed that he made his values high key, with a slight bit of purple for shadow; it makes a sugary effect with these colors.
Here's a picture of me in a sombrero taking a tequila shot on my birthday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Storm-a-Brewin' 6"x 6" oil on canvas
I've painted this image before on masonite and didn't care for it, so I made another one. In the other piece I made the clouds too chunky, so I wanted to make these clouds very wispy and windy. I love how this image glows cobalt, it really makes me feel like there's a storm a brewin'!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Gold-lining 5" x 7" acrylic & gold leaf on canvas
I love texture in conjunction with foil, it feels very tangible. I like the bit of red behind the gold, that hint of color beneath.  Usually when I make abstract landscapes I tend to think about how trees look clumped together, it's my favorite part of a landscape.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blue Harbor

Blue Harbor 8"x 8" oil on canvas
This is a painting based on a vacation photo of Seattle, I put a lot of texture to emphasize the water. I like the overall blue-ness of it, blue can be so moody.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Galloway Farm

Galloway Farm 36" x 60" Acrylic on canvas
This is a painting I have that is currently hanging at Terra Gallery, it's of the fields across from my parents neighborhood. I like seeing the scene change with the seasons, it always seems to have something new to offer.
Also, I just started up my etsy shop today, please stop by! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Into the Birch Grove

Into the Birch Grove 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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This is the dailypaintworks challenge of this week, I always wanted to paint birch trees. I'm really digging the green and purple next to the orange.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Portrait of a Pumpkin

Portrait of a Pumpkin 8" x 10" oil on canvas
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I have a certain predilection for pumpkins, I think it's because it was the first object I painted in college. My first pumpkins sucked, but now I rejoice with this painting. I really wanted to use the roughness of the canvas to my advantage, lately I've been abhorring the roughness for my tighter paintings, good change of pace. I don't know what it was but this painting felt really comfortable, style and composition-wise.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Apples and Dots

Apples and Dots oil on masonite 6" x 6" 
I am having a lot of fun with apples, they look deceptively easy but are the hardest to simplify in a few strokes, I can see why Cezanne painted them so earnestly. In Irving Stone's Lust for Life, a biography on Vincent Van Gogh, there's this funny little scene in Pere Tanguy's gallery where a customer is asking about a Cezanne painting of four apples and Pere's wife quotes 100 francs for the painting. The customer says he can only afford it for 25 francs so Pere's wife cuts out one of the apples and sells it to him. Quite a fantastic read if you're looking for a solid artist biography, a lot of it is supported by letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pillow Candy

Pillow Candy 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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These are some complimentary chocolates from the Aria in Las Vegas, they are water-themed, just like the hotel was. There was this silver sculpture of a jet of water by Maya Lin right behind the reception desk. The painting has a Mondrian-esque quality to it, particularly in the way the yellow is subdued by the red, with the blue forward, in order to keep a sense of equilibrium. I really enjoyed showing the texture of the foil wrappers. Ideally, I think this is the style I want for my work, where it's realistic but has a painterly touch. I love seeing paintings that totally read as super realistic from far away, but when you come closer you can really see the paint from the surface, it's like two different worlds of the same painting.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Bluebird of Happiness

Bluebird of Happiness 6" x 6" oil on canvas
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When I was up in Mt.Charleston, my mom bought me a spiral necklace with a Lapis lazuli jewel from a Navajo lady. She gave us a little brochure on different Navajo meanings; a spiral meaning new beginnings and a Lapis lazuli for creativity. When we were there I saw a bluebird in a tree that was just stunning, it looked like it had a little Mohawk, I wish I would've got a picture of it! Bluebirds are a great spirit to the Navajo people, they represent the rising sun. This is a Navajo song that is sung before sunrise:

 Bluebird said to me, 
"Get up, my grandchild. 
It is dawn," It said to me.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stacked Apples

Stacked Apples 5"x 7" oil on masonite
Well it's been awhile! I feel like I can hear crickets on here. Started off with some apples for my first painting, in order to get in the swing of things. I'm thinking about going uber-realistic for my next piece. There is something satisfying in being meticulous to your heart's desire. In the last month I visited beautiful Las Vegas, with Mount Charleston(featured below) being one of my favorite destinations. The air was so fresh, I was taking a picture every two seconds. I have loads and loads of objects to paint and I'm ready to go!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday Afternoon in Goodale Park

Sunday Afternoon in Goodale Park oil on canvas 11"x 14"
I went ahead and did another layer on this painting to sharpen things up, it will be in the "200 Visions:Celebrating Columbus," exhibition at Terra Gallery.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Apples to Apples

This is my quickest daily painting yet! Took me about 30 minutes and I got outside fast enough to get a picture before the sun went down. Again, faster paintings tend to be the better ones.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rolling Hills of Southern Ohio

Rolling Hills of Southern Ohio 3.5" x 2.5" oil on canvas
This is another little guy I did, I like to put these tiny things on mini easels. I caught this scene while visiting family in Gallipolis. While driving down, I love watching the transition from flat land into rolling hills. This was a prototype for "Ohio Hills," I feel disappointed that I prefer this little oil sketch to the 8"x 10" version I did, but it happens. The works that I finish quickly tend to be more successful because I'm making fast decisions, which allows for a more cohesive result. I can generalize more sufficiently if I rush myself with the actual painting; however, I've found that at the drawing stage you need to be very accurate, a successful painting is always supported by good drawing.
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Bottled Cosmos

Bottled Cosmo 2.5" x 3.5" oil on canvas
I've been painting little tiny prototypes for awhile now. Painting small lets you generalize the detail even more, it's a wonderful exercise before starting a bigger painting. I've found that you can paint exactly what you see when you squint, with the blurriness and everything, it would be as legitimate as a painting that has every single detail illustrated. With these small images it might be better to use a smoother material like masonite or linen rather than regular canvas.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Venus Fly Trap

Venus Fly Trap 8" x 10" acrylic on canvas
I've been waiting to paint this plant for awhile! This is my venus fly trap and it has been flourishing outside in its little pot.I find it kind ironic that I have a venus fly trap, considering that I'm a vegetarian. I got the chills the other day when I picked up the pot and one of heads closed. It's been getting super lime green lately because I've been feeding the plant distilled water- it doesn't necessarily need fly meat. I used a lot of gloss/matte medium in this piece, just to experiment a bit. I like how the windowsill came out, I feel like it really fits against the plant.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fields of Columbus

Fields of Columbus 24"x 30" acrylic on canvas
This is a painting that will be on the side of a building in a few weeks. The Short North Business Association is putting up paintings from different galleries on buildings throughout the city. It will be printed on canvas and then plastered on the building, it should last 6 months. It's going to be a good advertisement for myself and the gallery-very exciting!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday Afternoon in Goodale Park

Sunday Afternoon in Goodale Park 11" x 14" oil on canvas
On Sunday there was an event called "Art in the Park" hosted by Friends of Goodale Park, I was one of the plein-air artists painting during the concert.  I feel like I should go back in and crisp things up, but I feel like it would take away from the fast plein-air strokes, I'm very conflicted. I did find that I like taking pictures of the painting in direct sunlight because it replicated the color almost perfectly. I try not to have a glare, but I don't think I can get rid of that without taking away the color. Here's a pictures from the event:
Kind of a silly picture, you can tell I haven't started painting yet. The jazz band played in the gazebo, quite a good turnout. I liked how the music played really fast at the end(very Jethro Tull), it made me paint quick.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Misty Fields

Misty Fields 6" x 6" oil on masonite
This is from a challenge on the DPW, it was a lot of fun. I decided to use the palette knife to give the water some tactility. This earth palette is so moody!
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