Thursday, March 4, 2010

Is it finished now?

I have worked on this painting for close to a year, painting many variations of the colors of the marsh itself.  After a critique from Donald Jurney, I repainted it one more time, and I'm happier with the foreground.  If you look down a few blog posts, you will see the version before his critique.  He commented that it was falling off the bottom.  I didn't see it immediately and when I put it up on my easel, the easel was not level at first and was tilted to the right.  This accentuated the angles and, viola, I saw what he meant.  I think if you compare the two versions, you will agree that this one is much better.  I was going to repaint it anyway to lighten up the colors of the marsh so I was able to kill two birds with one stone.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Expressionist Marsh

This painting was started and mostly completed on site as the tide water was coming in fast and flooding the nearby grassy area just below me.  Lots of paint and strong bright colors that vibrate signal the late day just before sunset.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

More commission work

A dear friend, Millie Lang, made these ceramic ducks and I made the stained glass.  This was a windowsill arrangement in the kitchen.  Millies kitchen colors are black (lamp, a gift from John Tirone) and red, (old bottles from an excavation) and she loves flowers as well.  I'll frame it in natural wood to match her cabinets.  I hope she likes it.  It's an unusual composition where I pushed a few rules.  You can see my changes in composition during the painting process at

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bandit's ready to travel.

I've been painting a lot every day for the past few days and have finished 4 paintings that have been in the works for a while now.  It feels good to start to get caught up.  Mostly my frustration is with locating some photos on my computer that I really want to get to.  It was easier before I had two computers and lots of thumb drives.