Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Two People #4

Two People #4 is part of a series depicting two people interacting in conversation.  This particular scene came from walking by a diner in downtown Chicago during lunch.  The lunch crowd is interesting because people are trying to socialize, date, and work all at the same time.

$ 450.00 USD 30 x 24 oil on birch panel
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SOLD

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Beach #17

Beach #17 feels as if you were eavesdropping on a couple at the beach.  The topic of conversation is the subject of the painting.  The large blue space enables the viewer to inject their own narrative. 

$ 100.00 USD 12  x16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cityscape #27

Cityscape #27 has a subdued color scheme and loosely painted details.  This particular scene is downtown Chicago on an early morning.  The look of a cityscape is totally different when there is no traffic on the streets.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cityscape #26

Cityscape #26  depicts an early summer afternoon in downtown Chicago.  In this painting I'm trying to show less detail than in previous works.  I'm more interested in capturing the mood and energy of the scene.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Reader #49

Reader #49 part of a series of the female figure reading.  This particular scene came from Millenium Park here in Chicago.  A large park where many tourists come and locals take their lunch break.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cityscape #25

Cityscape #25 is a scene of downtown Chicago during a noon rain shower.  I simplify this complicated street scene into vertical and horizontals.  When the details are eliminated this geometric diagram is very visible.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cityscape #24

Cityscape #24 is a late summer afternoon on Wabash Avenue.  The sun is setting and creating these long cast shadows under the el tracks.  The long cast shadows create diagonals against the horizontal and vertical grid of buildings and streets.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Friday, November 30, 2012

Two people #8

Two People #8 is part of a series that depicts the interaction between two people.  The topic of conversation becomes the subject of the painting.  Hopefully, it engages the viewer and forces them come up with their own conclusions.

SOLD
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Reader #48

Reader #48 is part of a series depicting the female figures reading.  This particular scene comes from Grant Park in Chicago.  Many people gather there to read and sit in the sun during their lunch break.

SOLD
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Coming and Going #53

Coming and Going #53 are people walking to and from their lunch break in the rain.  It's a scene from downtown Chicago in the summer.  The weather can change in a second.  On this particular day it was sunny.  And in a matter of few minutes, it was a downpour.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cityscape #23

Cityscape #23 is a scene from downtown Chicago facing the sun around late afternoon.  The shadows create a composition full of diagonals, verticals, and horizontals.  By leaving out the details it enables these geometric composition to show through.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Reader #47

Reader #47 is a student reading her textbook right before class.  Scene comes from downtown early afternoon.  The three horizontal diagonals come in and stop at the figure, a tall vertical.  The two-dimensional design of a painting is the most important.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Coming and Going #51


Coming and Going #51 is a depiction of an intersection in downtown Chicago during noon lunch hour.  The people are coming and going from lunch back to work.  I intentionally left out a great deal of detail to capture the hectic pace.

SOLD
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SOLD

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Early Sunday Morning #5

I titled this series Early Sunday Morning after the well-known Edward Hopper painting.  The idea was to do paintings based on how the city looked early in the morning before the people and traffic took over.   The city has a different look and feel at this time.

SOLD
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SOLD

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reader #46

Reader #46 is part of a series depicting  the female figure reading.  I find most of my subjects downtown during their lunch break.  There are four or five locations where people gather to eat their lunch outside during work.   After eating, some will pass the remaining time by reading a book.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel

SOLD

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Cityscape #22

Cityscape #22 is a depiction of late afternoon as the sun is starting to go down.  The people are starting to head home from work.  I'm trying to capture the mood rather than the knick knack details.  This  is Jackson Street in downtown Chicago in late summer.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Coming and Going #50

Coming and Going #50  is Wells Street in downtown Chicago.  There is an elevated train above and plenty of people traffic during lunch.  Also,  I am trying to eliminate much of the details to give more of the hectic pace of the scene.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Wabash #4

Wabash #4 is part of series that depicts the street scene on Wabash Avenue here in Chicago.  A large section of the street is covered with the overhead el tracks.  Also, I try  to keep the energy and hustle bustle of the scene by leaving out the details.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Railroad #1

Railroad #1 depicts the railroad tracks under the bridge on Roosevelt Road here in Chicago.  I've done a few railroad scenes maybe three or four altogether this year.  The long diagonals of the tracks contrast with the vertical shape of the buildings and makes a good design.


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SOLD

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Reader #45

I continually try to find a way to make all my paintings look loose and fresh.  And in the meantime, if I can make the process go faster, even better.  This particular painting is a student who goes to college downtown.  She is catching up on her reading before she went to class.


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SOLD

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cityscape #21

A bright sunny day that turns quickly into a downpour.  Weather changes quickly in Chicago.  I  plan to do more of these cityscapes in the rain.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wabash #3

This painting is part of another series called Wabash.  Named after Wabash Avenue here in Chicago.  The street has a unique look because of the elevated train tracks above that cast shadows on the street.

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SOLD

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Reader #43

I used very somber colors for Reader #43.  I don't plan any color schemes before I begin.  Instead I premix about 6 colors each of the same value. Sometimes I mix colors as I apply the paint.  Or, maybe I will dip my brush into 2 different colors and then apply the paint on the surface.


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SOLD

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Drug Store

About four or five years ago I was getting burned out of doing the figure.  I started doing a series on storefronts of small businesses in Chicago.  This painting was done just a few days ago but it was very similar to the images I did back then.


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SOLD

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Coming and Going #49

Coming and Going #49 is a good example of painting the shapes between the figures to form a crowd scene.  Usually, when I see a cityscape painting with figures, the figures are painted last.  The figures are painted on top of a finished background. 


$ 100 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Reader #42

Before I do a small painting a do a small black and white sketch of the design.  I map out the dark and lite shapes as you can see by the image below.  This sketch was only about 2 to 3 inches big. You can see how it translates to the color image.

Reader #42
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SOLD



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cityscaope #20

This is a small cityscape done pretty quickly.  I am able to do it fast because I leave out many of the details. I concentrate on shapes and color instead.

$ 100.00 12 x 16 oil on panel
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sales to the UK

  I am in the process of selling this painting to a buyer in the UK.  I think it's great to be able to reach buyers in other countries via the internet.  In the past, when I was represented by galleries, I felt I was limited to just the regional buyers that come through the door.



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two People #5

Two People #5 depicts two people at the beach.  In this case the figures aren't saturated with sunlight but in shadow.  Their bodies create a silhouette against the light colored sand.  This also has a Hopper feel with the two figures but both looking in different directions.


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SOLD

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Reader #37

Reader #37 is part of the series depicting the female figure reading.  The outdoor light is the best because it creates great light and dark shapes.  For example, the warm shadow under the book as it drapes around the leg.
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SOLD

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cityscape #17

Cityscape #17 is an example of dramatic back lighting on the figures and objects.  This makes it very easy to breakdown the shapes into lights or dark.  I think it's one of the best ways to do a cityscape because the scene is already simplified for you.


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SOLD

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Reader #36

Reader #36 is taken from a photograph across the street from the Willis (Sears) Towers.  The lights are very active and the darks calm.  I've been studying the works of the Bay Area Figurative Painters, Richard Diebenkorn in particular.  I try to keep the background very flat and two-dimensional to slow things down.  A characteristic that can be seen in his figurative work.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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SOLD

Friday, August 24, 2012

Two People #4

Two People #4 is a scene that could remind people of an Edward Hopper.  It's a scene I happened onto one day while taking photos.  Photography is a large part of my work and a part that I enjoy maybe the most.

SOLD
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beach #13

Sometimes I get away from doing the figure by trying my hand at landscapes.  I try to breakdown and simplify the shapes.  This is why the paintings can look almost abstract.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Beach #7 (Large)

The bottom painting is a larger work (24 x 30) done from the smaller work on top (12 x 16).  I didn't deviate much from the smaller work.  I also kept the same color scheme.  The only difference is the details are a little tighter.  I try to keep the looseness and freshness from the smaller works without getting bogged down in details.

$ 450.00 USD 24 x 30
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reader #35

This painting is part of the series of female figures reading.  Unlike the others, this one is an interior scene. I shot this photo reference in the subway using an Iphone.  

SOLD
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two People #3

This painting comes a series depicting two people in conversation.  This particular conversation happens to be near the pool.  The male figure is the most dominant while the female figure is in a supporting role.  What are they talking about ?  That's the subject.

SOLD
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cityscape #16

This is one of my first cityscapes in the rain.  I try to simplify all these complex shapes into three groups, large, medium, and small.  The bus and street below it makes up the largest shape.

SOLD

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Coming and Going #45 (large)

This is a larger work (24 x 30) based on a smaller painting I had done earlier.  This particular work is done on birch wood.  I alternate between wood panel and linen.  Each surface gives a little different feel.

SOLD
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Reader #34

I start all paintings with an under painting.  I usually paint the large shapes  with a dark brown.  But on this particular painting I decided to use a blue-green.  The entire painting has a blue feel to it.


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SOLD

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cityscape #15

I took the photo reference for this painting at my doctor's office.  The painting is divided up into three horizontal stripes.  The middle stripe is the most active with smaller shapes and contrast.

SOLD
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Citycsape #14

The figure in this painting sets in a large open field.  The large "white" space forces the viewer to focus on the small figure.  The trees and buildings in the background offset the open field.

$ 100.00 USD 12 x 16 oil on panel
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Two People #2

This painting was assembled from two different photo references.  The figure on the right is designated as the main character.  Characters are assigned roles just as in a movie.

SOLD
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Reader #8 (Large)

This is a larger painting (24 x 30) done from a previous smaller piece.  The photo reference was taken 6 years ago.   I don't hire models.  I look to capture normal people.  This lady happened to be reading a book during a lunch break outside the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

SOLD
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