Thursday, December 23, 2010

"March 4th 2011, My Solo Exhibition opening at the M Gallery in Charleston, SC."

I have numerous paintings in different stages of completion. I know it is still realitively early, but I will post images that will be included in the show as they become available, or finished to my satisfaction.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"On the Easel"

This painting is a 24x30 and is in the process of being painted, so I have not even considered a title for it yet. I`m doing paintings that will hopefully turn out well enough to be included in my March 2011 show at the M Gallery. So far, I have not had the temptation to rub this one out. We`ll see!

This painting started out as a study for a possible large multi figure composition. I like the single figure better now that I have had some time with it. I think I will bring it to finish.....which should not require a great amount of work. I think I`m almost there. This is 20x16 oil on linen.

Dancer Detail # one

Dancer Detail #2

I will post paintings in progress that are on the easel as they become available for those interested.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Small paintings for Upcoming Miniature Shows"

"The Wild Side of the Island" 9x12 oil on linen. This is a study of the rugged side of Monhegan Island. It is interesting how one side of the Island is a quiet cove type of setting and terrain, and the other side is so extreme and has vertical cliffs. I like both.

"The Curious One" 6x9 inches oil on linen panel. This very small painting is a study, and an attempt to describe the light. The small group of horses are grazing and basked in that band of warm light crossing the pasture. Thankfully the one mare looked back and solved my problem with title for this little painting.

"Frisky Fillies" 6x9 oil on linen. Frisky Fillies is about three horses in an early morning romp after being stabled over night. They obviously have no sense of time, and it probably felt to them as though they had been couped up in a stable forever. Fun to watch them acting up!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Doing what they do best"

"Doing what they do best" 6x9 oil on linen panel
This is another small miniature, 6x9 inches. It is really a study for a larger painting, but I am doing small pieces at the moment for upcoming mini shows. This is what flight animals do, the proposed title for this painting, unless I come up with something better. This is quite small for me, and the surface is quite rough for something this size, but I do like the proportion of this.....could translate into a bigger version.

This image is just to show one of many ways to beginning a painting like this, that deals with multiple figures.

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Kicking it up"

"Kicking it up" 9x12 oil on linen
I am doing several small paintings as possibilities for two miniature shows that will be coming up soon. This is the first of several I plan to paint. My plan is to do more than I actually will need, so that I can be more selective about what I choose to send.

"Kicking it up" Possible frame for this painting.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"The Sidewalk to nowhere"

This has little to do with painting I know, but thought I would post it in place of paintings that might have been created, and posted during this grueling project. This is the begining of this outside project that seemed to never end, and has been responsible for keeping me out of the studio for some time. Here I am preparing to start pouring the second section of concrete. You can see my trusty Red Husky mixer standing at the ready.

This demonstrates how to put one of these together piece by piece, or section.

This is looking from the the house towards the second driveway on the edge of my property. Still needs some plants and pot accessories to jazz it up a bit.

This is the view from the nowhere driveway, looking back to the house. It is fulfilling to accomplish a project like this with my expert helper, and adviser, Marilyn. She knows as much or more about this stuff than I do. The heat of the summer really kept it from being much fun. The heat was brutal. We have been playing with this since we returned from Maine.....maybe getting a bit to old for this kind of stuff. Think it may be easier in cooler weather. The winter always seems to busy for big projects like this. Must get a better schedule. Anyway, it is done! back to the studio, and hopfully something good will happen. If it does,
I`ll will post it soon.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"The Shell Seekers"

"The Shell Seekers" 18x24 oil on linen.
This is the first decent shot of this painting that I have been able to get. I had some really lousy images from a previous camera, that made the painting look worst than it actually is. This is a studio painting I painted very quickly over a period of time.

Detail #1

Detail #2

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"The Morning Star"

"The Morning Star" 16x20 oil on linen
This is a new painting I just completed. Again, it is an old rusty bucket. Maybe its time to do a few sail boats. If I lived in the Old Port area, I would probably make a nuisance of myself, and hang out, and get in the way of actual work.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Troubled Waters Invitational Art show to celebrate the recovery of the Gulf of Mexico"

"Marsh Reflections" 12x16 oil on linen panel
Two of these paintings will be part of the Invitational show, beginning at this month`s 3rd Friday Towles Court Art Walk, August 20, 6-10pm. The opening and month-long invitational show will be held in Jon Greeley studio/gallery, at 1938 Adams Lane #207, Sarasota, Fl.
Original works of art will celebrate the recovery of the Gulf of Mexico from this summer`s tragic oil spill. A portion of the sales from the art, food and T-shirts will support the ongoing efforts to relieve the effects of the oil spill. The agency benefiting from this show will be announced at the opening, which will also feature Cajun/Creole food and refreshments....donations will be encouraged.
Detail of "Marsh Reflections"

"Young Heron" 15x12 oil linen panel

"Two Amigos" 15x9 oil on linen panel

"Harbor Study" 12x16 oil on linen panel

Friday, July 9, 2010

"A Summer Afternoon", A small figure study for a larger composition.

Step 1.

Step 2.

Step 3.

Step 4.
The finished figure study "A Summer Afternoon" 12x9 oil on linen panel, is an exploratory study for a larger composition. I wanted to see if these figures might look appropriate in this scene. The figure reference is actually from another location, and the larger painting will be a different format (not vertical). The lighting is similar, so I think it might work. I don`t always do studies to work out potential problems in paintings. Generally, I just jump in, but sometimes it is fun to get a small piece done, as long as it is quick, and does not use up all my juice.

Monday, July 5, 2010

"2010 Summer Trip to Maine"

"Summer Farm" 6x9 oil on linen.

Detail of "Summer Farm".

Here, I am painting at Bidderford Pool, one of the many areas we visited during our several weeks in Maine. I am painting one of the many pristine marshes that Maine has to offer.
The wealth of imagery is endless. I wish the winters weren`t so harsh.

This little painting was about two and a half hours of pure enjoyment. Not that the painting is so wonderful, but the experience was worth the trip to Maine. Of all the people there to enjoy the weather, water and beatiful day, I was the only painter in sight.....imagine that.

Detail of "Kettle Cove"

This was one of my favorite days on this trip. The conditions, and the great spot to set up and paint were awesome. Beyond my capacity to describe. A great day in Maine.

We had an absolutely perfect day at Kettle Cove Maine. Marilyn is enjoying the great weather, and a good book while I entertain myself with trying to capture the moment. Good luck with that.

This is the beginning of the on location study of the Old Port Dock area. I really like painting the old beat up, used, weathered by weather and time buildings and docks in the Old Port section of Portand Me.

Here, I am finishing up my field sketch of the downtown Old Port dock area.

Finished study of the "Old Port Dock" 12x16 oil on linen panel

"Fort Williams Ocean study" 6x9 oil on linen panel

" Monhegan Flowers" 9x12 study, oil on linen.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Pirates, Petticoats and Puffy Sleeves" - New York Society of Illustrators.

On our recent summer trip to Maine, we went into New York city for a day trip. I had not been in the city in fifteen years. It was a thrill to be back in the city that has so much energy. You can feel it the minute you get off the train. We visited the Society of Illustrators, a great organization that I was a twenty three year member of. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had not changed a bit. We visited on a Monday, so the club was closed......which was great, because we had the place to ourselves.... sort of! There were two exhibitions on display, one in the main gallery, and the "Pirates, Petticoats and Puffy Sleeves" exhibition. All in all, it was a great day in the city.

Here is a shot of the Bar at the New York Society of Illustrators. The painting over the Bar is the great Norman Rockwell`s Stagecoach painting. A masterpiece!

One twenty eight east sixty third street. I have some great memories of good times spent in this great establishment that has such a rich history of illustration art. I was proud to be a twenty three year member of this club.

Some of the paintings and drawings on display at the Society in the dining area.

More of the paintings in the dining room area show.

This piece has really grabbed Marilyn`s attention. Must have been a winner.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Portrait of "Roger" makes FAV 15% Finalist in BoldBrush painting competition sponsored by FinArtStudioOnline, May 2010.

"Roger" 12x9 oil on linen

Happy to have this piece in the FAV 15% . Some really good paintings in May 2010. Just nice to hang in there with all these talented artist. Congrats to all the awards winners and finalist.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists"

" Detail"

" Marine painting in Progress"

I would like to thank the American Society of Marine Artists for the honor, and distinction of being given Signature Membership status. I feel lucky to be included in a list of talented artists who love, and choose to paint this subject in a realistic, representational manner. This is certainly one of the organizations, as it relates to painting, that I hold in high regard. Thanks for this distinction.