Sunset at Scarborough, oil pastel


“It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
– Andrew Wyeth

During our recent trip back East we arrived at Scarborough beach in Maine just as the sun was quickly setting.  We hadn’t much time, but was able to get a few photographs of the sea before we took a brisk walk down the beach stretch to where we used to live.  It was one of those beautiful evenings – the ocean gave us some quiet, but beautiful wave formations as they came ashore.  Towards the end of the walk we could barely see ourselves let alone the ocean, but between the smell of the sea and sound of the waves I felt like I was home again ~

Sunset at Scarborough, an oil pastel (8×10) was painted on black-tinted card stock paper using mainly Sennelier, Holbein and Mungyo-Gallery brands of oil pastels.  Between the paper and payne’s gray & magenta for the darkest darks the combination gave more of a dusk-to-nighttime feel to the scene.  I was surprised at how much paint was laid down with my hands as the main tool given the minimal texture built into the paper.  I may try to paint the scene again with acrylics toning the surface a mid-range gray to see how that would change the mood of the painting.

It was fun painting this very special place.  Thanks for checking in ~

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2016 Pumpkin – Halloween, oil pastel


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”Pablo Picasso

My usual pumpkin painting is of the serious kind, but this year I thought why not have some fun.  Pablo had the right idea – I’ve taken it a step further, keeping the child-like fun in the grown-up artists creation ~

2016 Pumpkin – Halloween, is an oil pastel (4.5 x 7) that was painted on ochre tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  A still life of pumpkins took a dramatic turn when a daylight scene turned into a misty moon-lit evening sky and overhead well – a crying shrill could be heard from the local witch riding her broom.  “Ah my little ones  .   .   .”

Here is to all those little ghosts and goblins who will “Trick or Treat” ~ Happy Halloween!

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Connecticut Fall Leaf, oil pastel


Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus

When we arrived at our hotel in Connecticut I opened the car door and there on the ground was this most gorgeous leaf – right there at my feet.  Well I took that as a sign that we were in for a show stopping trip and what a show it was ~

CT Fall Leaf an oil pastel (4.5 x 7) was painted on yellow ochre Mi-Tientes paper.  The vibrancy of the leaf was developed by using pure OP colors and not blending, and figured that the dark background (black, magenta, virdian and indigo) would set off the brilliance of the leaf.  Albert Camus was so right, it really was a second Spring of dazzling color.

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CT Fall Leaf

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Photographs from New England, Fall of 2016


There is nothing more beautiful than Fall in New England – we had a great trip.  We couldn’t have planned it any better in timing, the leaves were a dazzling array of gorgeous colors – everywhere you looked reds, yellows and oranges.  Thought you might enjoy a few shots of this very special place (and a few of the Maine coastline as well).

If you are an artist, please feel free to use any one of these photographs for inspiration for a painting or drawing.

First four shots were taken in New Hampshire ~

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The next two photographs are of the Maine Coastline:  Portland Headlight @ Fort Williams ~

fot8a5-copyfot3a43And finally, we a drive to see Winslow Homer house’s and what did we find – they have closed the area to tourists.  Now that was a bummer!!

winslow-homer-1This next shot is the spot where Winslow Homer painted many of his ocean scenes.  If you went around to the left of the little point here, that is the location where he painted his famous, “Weatherbeaten” scene – open ocean to the left of the point here.   Wish I could have climbed over those rocks ~

winslow-house-4My painting, I completed last year, was a study of Homer’s Weatherbeaten – can’t believe this year we were within touching distance of the exact same place that he painted it.

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Sand Dunes, acrylic painting


“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”  –  Pablo Picasso

This painting was started one year ago as a sunset beach scene, it was put aside because I couldn’t see where it was going.  I almost tossed it out, but I figured one of these days I’ll figure it out and  paint right over the original ~ one of these days happened this past week and Picasso’s quote couldn’t have been more spot-on.

Sand Dunes, an acrylic painting (20×16) was painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard using golden brand acrylics.  I really enjoyed working on the painting this second time, without rushing I took my time developing the dunes, the sky and water.  It felt like I was right there feeling the warm sea breeze, making my way down to the shore watching the waves come ashore ~ even if I am sitting in Texas!

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Ocean Study #7, acrylic painting


The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever – Jacques Cousteau

It’s been a long nine weeks working to get my shoulder/neck/arm repaired,  over the last two weeks we’ve seen a lot of progress – feeling pretty darn good, so I’m back to limited blogging and creating art.  What better way than to start then with a subject I love, the ocean ~ Jacques Cousteau knew what he was talking about, don’t you think?

Ocean Study #7, is an acrylic painting (12×9) on watercolor paper with liquitex paints.  It felt great to paint with a brush again – this was a fun scene to get re-acquainted with the fluidity of acrylics, colors of the sea, and to capture the push and pull of incoming waves.

Thanks for checking in.  It will take a while, but I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone to see what you’ve been up to.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

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Splendid, oil pastel


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

Splendid, an oil pastel (10×8) painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  This was an interesting painting to develop, I was nearly done – when all of a sudden the background screamed “change me” (had to wait until the end, lol).  So a few good scrapes with a razor took many layers of paint off and on came some darks to the lower right-hand side of the background of prussian blue, magenta and sap green – hopefully giving the flower what it needed to standout.

Thanks for checking in – have a wonderful week ahead.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

Splendid

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Lily of the Valley, oil pastel


 “You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Pierre Auguste Renoir

Lily of the Valley, an oil pastel (10×8) was painted on black Mi-Teintes pastel paper with Sennlier, Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein brand oil pastels.  Tools used were my fingers for spreading the paint and a razor blade for special effects.

I used to struggled getting a rich dark background to show on black paper, then I made a little discovery – begin lightly coating the background with Senneliers Mars black pastel – the OPs has an oily feel to it and is a wonderful rich black.  From there you apply/layer whatever background colors you want to use – the Sennelier black underneath gives a nice foundation to mix with top colors.  In this case Indio Blue and Magenta were used to get a rich and very dark feel to the background, although I’m not too sure the photograph has picked up the colors all that well.

Thank you for checking in – hope you enjoy this special bunch celebrating summertime.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Lily of the Valley

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Field of Flowers, oil pastel


Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

This painting was started in May and left against a wall in my studio because I couldn’t quite produce what I was envisioning.  I happened to notice it today and thought why not give it another go ~

Field of Flowers, an oil pastel (11×14) that was painted on a gessoed-prepared hardboard using mainly Neopastels, Holbeins and Senneliers.  There was a lot of scraping with a razor and a painters knife for a variety of effects.  It was a scene from our Spring trip to Ennis, TX this year to see the wildflowers.

You might not have seen me around, I’ve been recovering from a shoulder injury so painting and blogging these days have been limited.  Thanks for checking in ~

Field of Flowers

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Flowers in a Teapot, oil pastel


WordPress notified me that I’ve hit my 4th anniversary in this wonderful blogging community, that’s cause to celebrate.

Thank you to all who have followed and/or visited my blog, the last stat shows some 204,300 visits – a number that blows my mind.  Thank you also for taking such an active interest in my art, all your comments mean the world to me and are appreciated more than you know.  My virtual friends, you are the only ones who get to see my work – your time and response is something I don’t take for granted.

The original purpose for the blog was to see how people would react to my art, but over time I also use it to maintain a level of discipline to keep producing and posting.  It allows  me to stay in the game and develop my creative muse.

I’ve enjoyed and am grateful for our unique friendships, it’s time then to start year #5.

Flowers in a Teapot (oil pastels, 8×10) – painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  My gift of thanks to you ~ click onto the image for a larger view. 

Flowers in a Teapot

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