Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Morning Marsh", and "The Red Pillows"

"Morning Marsh" 12x24 oil on linen was purchased in the silent auction last Sunday in Naples Florida.  The auction was to benefit the David Lawrence Center.  Third on Canvas each year has artists painting on third in Naples.  Crowds come to watch the artist produce work on the street that ends up in the Sunday auction each year.  Last year it was to benefit the Children's Hospital.  This year, I was scheduled to paint both days, and unfortunately came down with some kind of stomach thing.  I apologize to anyone who came expecting to see me.  It was unavoidable.  I was asked to put a painting in the auction regardless of my absence.  I agreed to, and happily the painting was purchased  for the Gallery price....that is always a good thing.

"The Red Pillows" 9x12 oil on linen panel was awarded a second place in show at the National Faces and Figures show at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, Florida.  I was very surprised and honored, considering the show was bursting at the seams with beautiful works.  Allan R. Banks, the juror did a wonderful job with selection and the look of this show.  I is a strong show worth attending if one is in the area.  

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"On the Easel".....literally!

This 28x22 yet untitled oil on linen is on my easel at the moment, and in progress.  I think it is near finish.  If anything, I might loosen a few edges, make values in the face closer, and just generally tweak.  Just below is a detail. 
I have painted four paintings on my new easel so far this year....and I'm really liking it.  Amazing how you forget that you missed something until you get it back.  I managed without a good easel for quite a few years.   


This little 10x8 was in The Richard Schmid annual auction a couple of years ago.  The larger painting above is based on this small work.  I always intended to do a larger piece.  There are things I like about the small one, and things I prefer about the larger one.  They are similar, but the large work is not intended to be a duplication of the little study.

Again, thanks for listening to my Cajun Ramblings.