Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Studio Clutter"

Unfortunately, my studio is becoming very cluttered with paintings and frames.....but fortunately on the otherhand, I am being somewhat productive and with upcoming shows and events.....I guess that's a good thing. In these two shots, all of these are in different stages of finish. Some are complete, and some need more, and the ones that are deemed worthy in my mind, are destined for one show or another. So far, the numbers are good.....just hope the paintings will be as well!

It`s nice to be able to look at paintings in frames as they are being painted, if one has that luxury. Many of these that are in frames are not finished, but sometimes if they really look good at certain stages (in the frame) it can keep me from overworking a piece. This is certainly not a rule, and doesn`t always work.

The Portrait Society of America 2011 Members Competition First Place and Honorable Mention awards.

"Summer Afternoon" was awarded First Place in the Landscape with Figure category of The Portrait Society of America`s Members Competition. I am delighted to be recognized in such a strong field of work. Check it out at, .

"Roger" also recieves an honorable mention award in the Non-commissioned category of The Portrait Society of America`s Members Competition.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"In For The Night"- six step demo.

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Step 6. Finished painting
This is a 16x20 oil on linen, "In For The Night". This painting for me, is about the late afternoon light on the boat, and the reflections in the water. That along with what I think is a beautiful shape of this particular work boat. This is another Maine painting. Boats, water and light are some of my favorite things to try and capture in paint. This piece will hopefully look better when it is varnished and the uneven shine of the oxidation process is eliminated. I always prefer to shoot the work after it is totally tried. This painting is still very wet.