Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nude Facing Away


I used the "essence" technique for this painting. Just like I did before in the Triton painting, I de-oiled my paints on blotting paper, then thinned them even further with OMS.  Only this time, I started the painting with a very diluted wash of burnt sienna and ultramarine, and wiped out the lighter areas. Like before, the de-oiled paint dried fast and mat. Painting this way forces me to use short brush strokes and layer the color. This is more like working with pastels than the juicy wet-into-wet way I usually paint with oils.

7.5"x4.25"
oil on masonite

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Cane Chair


8"x10"
acrylic on masonite

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

One Goldfish ACEO


Feeling better now. Hopefully I'll finish more than one tiny painting tomorrow.

2.5"x3.5"
oil on paper

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lonely Chair ACEO


These tiny art cards are perfect on days when I'm feeling under the weather. 

2.5"x3.5"
oil on paper

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Refracted Goldfish ACEO


2.5"x3.5"
Oil on paper

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Red Boat ACEO


This is my first ACEO and smallest painting ever.

2.5"x3.5"
oil on paper

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Young Triton


I'm trying out a new technique called pienture a l'essence, a method that Degas used often, especially when using oil paint on paper.The oil paint is first put on blotting paper to absorb much of the oil, then further thinned (if need be) with OMS. The result, I'm finding so far, is similar in appearance to pastels. When used dry (without OMS), I'm able to drag the brush across the surface, obtaining the usual dry brush effect, but very mat. I seem to be able to thin it to any degree necessary, and it dries to a delicate mat finish. Another interesting thing about this technique is the speed at which it dries, making it easy to lay down a completely opaque under painting without having to worry as much about that fat over lean business. 
My conclusion: this is an awesome technique! I'll be exploring this in more depth.

8"x10"
oil on masonite

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Cargo Ship


I like the way loaded cargo ships look as if they're bringing presents. I've tried to emphasis this by contrasting its brightly colored load against the gray sky and sea.

9"x12"
mixed media
watercolor, gouache and soft pastel on watercolor paper

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nude Reclining in Pillows

This is my largest pastel painting so far. It's of a lovely man peacefully reclining in a pile of pillows.

19"x25"
pastel on paper

$300.00

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Still Life with Flowers


I wanted to show these flowers as more of a mass of colors and textures rather than identifiable flower types.

9"x12"
mixed media
watercolor, gouache, pastel
on paper

$65.00

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Venus After Velazquez


This painting was inspire by Velazquez's Venus at the Toilet.

8"x10"
oil on masonite 

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Florida Tropical Hammock


 This is a common scene in South Florida. Beautiful and unruly and also what will become of your yard if neglected.
8"x10"
Oil on Masonite

$55.00

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