Wednesday, April 30, 2014
This is actually a study for a new version of the Storm on the Sea of Galilee.
This painting was done from a photo that I took a few years ago. I would have loved to have set up my easel on location ~ but it was windy and extremely cold.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I started this painting from sketches and watercolours as a demo at the ECCO Centre last week. I only have an hour to give a lecture on pioneer artists in Yosemite and do my demo ~ so the painting portion of my presentation only lasts for about 20 minutes. This is a scene I've painted a few times and the demo went well. It's just slash and dab to give them the feel of what a pioneer might have started out with, and then I unveil a "finished" painting of what it would look like with another 6 or 8 hours of work. This one is only 14" x 18" and I didn't put in more than 4 or 5 hours on it later in the studio ... but I may go back and play with it a little more ... preferably on location.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Honoring my father on his birthday. (29 March)
My Dad had many, many hobbies ~ one of them was painting. He started sometime in his mid to late thirties and stuck with it for the rest of his life, painting over 2,000 pictures (I'm not sure of the exact number ... he was very good at keeping track, something that I've never been able to do).
One of the fun things about doing this piece was recreating a couple of his paintings. The one on his easel (well, I put it on an easel ... he used a drafting table mostly) is of Nubble Light at Cape Neddick, ME. I used the one that I own which was painted in 1992 (#560). Lighthouses were one of his favorite subjects. The painting on the far wall was one of his first. I'm not sure what number it was, but I can remember it from my early childhood. Very abstract. I think that he called it "The Great Pumpkin" or something like that but it always seemed to be a deep sea painting to me.
There was a time when I was sick and had to sleep in the guest room for a few days, staring up at that piece ~ and for a long time afterward I didn't like to look at it.
I enjoyed visiting Dad in his Cape Cod studio and was glad that I took a few candid shots. I wish that I'd had him pose, though, because I actually had to use myself as the model for part of it and made some of it up.
When I painted in the pallet, I put big gobs of paint down and actually used it to work on part of the landscape. I got a little carried away and had to scrape some of it off. It was a fun and kind of surreal experience.
Happy Birthday, Dad. I hope that you like this painting in your honor. We all miss you.