Saturday, December 19, 2009

I think it's been awhile since I've posted a painting of Colorado, and I just finished this one today. For those who know Colorado these gigantic rocks are the Flatirons just outside the city of Boulder. They are a delight for a painter due to the way the unique shapes catch the light.

This oil painting is 20 x 16 inches.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Today I completed another in my long-running series of urban landscapes. This one, like yesterday's, is an oil painting. In this case it is a scene in Washington, DC...Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, to be exact. With this scene I am not working with quite the visual density of yesterday's New York painting. One of the things that interested me in this scene was the fact that we are looking at a street which just starts to turn down a slight hill. Another is the set of distinguishing marks for the older east coast architecture, such as the dark red brick and the lone dormer window at the upper left.

This oil painting is 20 x 16 inches.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This is an oil painting of a scene in New York City. One of the things that's challenging, and also a lot of fun, in painting places like New York, is that scenes tend to be so full visually. One needs to edit out a lot of information, but still convey the sense of a busy, crowded city with many different things happening.

This oil painting is 18 x 14 inches.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Well, it's good to be back at the blog after a long absence due to travels...I am hoping to post new paintings at the usual intervals, as I am very busy at the easel.

I did the above oil painting, like many paintings, as a challenge to see if I could paint what I had never painted this case a nearly-transparent sheet of red fabric. I think it would be called gauze? Anyway, the fun of this painting was to try to convey the effect of the fabric on the colors that were visible through it, next to the same colors NOT seen through the fabric...including the effect of the fabric on itself, as it was folded in several places.

This subject seems to be a good one for glazing, i.e. paint a very diluted layer of red paint over the otherwise-dry painting. However, as with most paintings, I did this one in one go, not waiting for anything to dry. The painting is 12 x 9 inches.