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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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Wild Daisy

A Wild Daisy 5" x 7" oil on masonite
I like the way the flower is leaning into the light, like in a friendly type of manner. I took advantage of the black background as much as I could. I also made that glass bottle in college, which accounts for the irregular shape. I also love how simply and quickly the flower came together, it's funny what a few primarily sketches can do to a quick alla prima painting.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Meadow Daisies

Meadow Daisies 6" x 8" oil on linen
This is my first time using linen and I absolutely love it. It's a good cross between masonite and canvas, it has just the right smoothness. My parents got this limoncello glass is from their trip to Positano. Italian ceramicware always has a richness to it, as if they're meant for a Cezanne painting. I have this tube of Cerulean blue that definitely does the job right, it's impossible to get the color in the background without it.