Thursday, July 14, 2016

Still life 16 x 16" Oil, June 2016






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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Comment on Success...

Vincent Van Gogh wrote his brother Theo in April 1890 that it's almost always the case that success is the worst thing that can happen in a painter's life.

That comment struck me as very true.  Would Van Gogh really have cared that his paintings have sold for millions after his death?  I wonder.

Personally, now that I am "old", I am not sure that the idea of success is what drives me to do art, unless it has to do with the Greek concept of arete, achieving one's best in whatever you do.  And to me trying to achieve that excellence is a very personal thing.

I resonate with what Van Gogh wrote, as after I had a little show some years ago I was inspired to paint something new, and I thought "This will sell" -- and I quickly realized it was terrible:  dead, with no inspiration or meaning to me.    I was so discouraged.  It took me some time to get back to being myself and doing what I wanted and needed to do.  I have struggled with this always, thinking to please others (such as contests) and getting back to making something I'd really like on my own wall.

Somehow I think this is what Vincent meant as well.

New Still Life 16 x 20" oil on panel

STILL LIFE WITH EDWARDIAN SHOES






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Sunday, May 29, 2016

new painting - landscape May 2016

oil on masonite panel






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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ETUDES

I have decided to work on studies (etudes) finished in 1-2 days while waiting for the inspiration for a more committed work.  These four paintings, all oils, are all small format, none larger than 8 x 8 inches.  The single tulip was the most challenging ---







Wednesday, April 6, 2016

STILL LIFE WITH GREEK VASE

16 x 20" Oil and tempera on panel, April, 2015




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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Still Life March 2015


oil on panel, 16 x 20" completed March 2016



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

still life with yellow bowl, March 2016


oil on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches, completed March 2016

I have finally given in and let my feeling for color and the paint take over.  In my below "selfie" photo the unfinished version shows.  The white area on the top right was such an obstacle, I tried to repaint it numerous times, then when I finally took it out it brought the entire piece together.

This painting has underpainting, direct thick brushwork, glazing and scumbling techniques.  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mandala Still Life, Feb. 2015

There's a lot to "Painting What you See" and making a composition.  In this one I concentrated on trying to reproduce color and form and give the entire piece a rhythm.
oil on copper plate, 16 x 20 inches completed Feb. 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

THREE STILL LIFE PAINTINGS


Family Tree, 33 x 19 inches, oil on panel completed 2015


 Still Life, 16 x 20" oil on panel, completed 2015



Portrait of a Chair, 16 x 21, oil on panel, completed 2015







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