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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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

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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Memphis #1

Last spring I took a trip to Memphis for the first time.  Great place with a lot of history.  This painting is the first of a series I plan to do on the city.

$ 100.00 USD

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Reader #33

I worked in watercolor for a good 15 years before I started with oils.  I can see some of the similarities in the finished works.  For example, this painting looks like it could've been done in watercolor.

Reader #33