Blowing Rocks on Jupiter Island
Spent the morning painting at Blowing Rocks and produced this piece that I rather like. The day started out beautiful but in the last hour the rains came in off shore and halted our progress. Not sure where it came from but it was enough to ruin a perfectly beautiful morning. Hope you enjoy the painting that has no hint of the impending doom.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
These two painting are about as far apart as you can get. The small house at Dubois Park caught my eye because it was dwarfed by the size of the big tree behind it. The actual building is a dingy brown shingled structure and I chose to give it a little more pizazz by making it an aqua color to help it compete with the large tree and to help give the feeling of the very hot day it was painted. Oil, 12x9
The second one was painted at the Northwood Art & Wine Promenade in West Palm Beach. This one I had to start painting when it was still light out, forcing me to "paint the future". I had to imagine what it would look like and what the colors would be once the sun went down. As the night progressed the interior began to light up allowing me to capture the feel of the light inside the shop. My intent was to make it kind of a "Hopper"esque painting. The lonely interior with its light streaming out of its doors and windows, making the viewer wonder if it was late at night or the early morning hour when the baker arrives to start the fresh bread of the day. This was really fun to do and a good challenge. Oil 9x12
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
This recent watercolor was made from a number of reference photos I took while in Key West in July.
Love the way the bananas grow. I tried to limit my palette to just to eight colors, with a palette divided into warm and cool. Was a fun experiment and thought it was a fairly successful interpretation of what I had seen. Also like the "looking up" perspective.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Just got back from a week in Key West and had all of the best intentions of doing a lot of painting. Some how the laid back atmosphere took over and I probably did more drinking than painting. You can tell by the two paintings that I did, one of the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor and the other of the Green Parrot Bar. Love the Green Parrot. Hope you enjoy both of them.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This is a pastel on Wallis paper I just completed and is one of my favorite type of Florida landscape... marshland. There is such a simple beauty about a marsh and yet they play a very complex role in our environment. They are truly amazing and I can not help but be captivated by the marshlands and drawn to paint them at every opportunity.
Cortona Italy Workshop
The workshop was a very successful and met everyones expectations. The Villa di Piazzano was an outstanding small hotel that lived up to its rating of four stars. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Our tour excursions to Florence, Sienna and Montepulciano were very fun and helped to take the participants minds off of the pressure of producing a painting.
I am currently in the planning stages of producing my next workshop and if anyone would like to be put on the list of perspective participants please email me at email@example.com
The pictures below will give you taste of our Plein Air Painting Adventure.
Plein Air Passion
My real passion is for plein air painting. Love the challenge that you have to deal with when painting outside. I personally think it makes you a better painter because you have to deal with so many unforeseen circumstances that come your way but also you have a better handle on light, darks and textures that you don't get from working in a studio and from photos. The following is a sample of some of my most recent work done en plein air. This painting is currently being shown in a group show at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in Lake Worth, FL and runs through the middle of September, 2013.
I generally do still lives as exercises and demonstrations for my painting classes. Featured below are samples of those pieces.