Friday, April 18, 2014

"Untitled 6", Acrylic, 6 x 8"

I had some trouble working with this paint, but at the end of the day I was very happy with this little painting.

This is my first experience with "Open Acrylics". This is a "new" kind of acrylic that stays wet longer than the traditional acrylic. So it is possible to work wet on wet (similar to oil). The paint dries overnight unless applied thickly. So this would be good for traveling by plane... There is not much body to the paint. So I'll have to try different painting mediums and see if I can get a consistency I like.

"Untitled 6", Acrylic, 6 x 8"

Friday, April 11, 2014

"Untitled 5", Oil, 12 x 16"

These wave paintings force me to work on my brushstrokes more than ever before. Maybe because there is not much else going on... I need to find (simple) ways to represent the different textures in the water. I'm happy with the  textures in this one, but the brushwork lacks some finesse... I need (a lot) more practice... :-)

"Untitled 5", Oil, 12 x 16
Closeup view 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Untitled 4", Oil, 9 x 12"

I'm still having fun with these seascapes/waves. I have a hard time with the composition though. It's hard to work with "horizontal stripes" and make it interesting... so I concentrated more on the different textures, movements and reflections in the water.

"Untitled 4", Oil, 9 x 12"
Close up view

Friday, April 4, 2014

"Untitled 3", oil, 12 x 16"

Keep it simple! For some reason this comes to mind mostly when I paint water. It seems to work but I don't know why I don't react the same way with other subjects like skies, trees,...

On this one I was happy to find a simple way to paint the foam in between the two waves without too much labor.

"Untitled 3", oil, 12 x 16"

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Untitled 2", Oil, 9 x 12"

Having fun with another seascape... Any title suggestions?

"Untitled 2", Oil, 9 x 12"

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Untitled I", Oil, 16 x 20"

It's no secret that I like to paint water, but I never had a chance to really paint the sea. A few weeks ago Ken and I went to Florida to visit friends for the weekend. I did sketches on the beach and came back with a bunch of reference pictures.

I don't remember the last time I've been so excited/inspired to paint from my reference pictures... so I'm starting a new series: Seascapes. You will see blue for a while :-)

"Untitled", Oil, 16 x 20

Closeup view

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Late Light

Here's another still life. You have probably guessed by now that cherries and oranges are my favorite fruits to paint. :-)
Late Light, Oil, 11 x 14"

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cherry Spill

This one may seem like "déjà vu"... it's a close up version of the painting "Standing Tall". I went for a stronger contrast between light and shadow... I like this one better.

Cherry Spill, Oil, 6 x 6"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beacon Summer Rails

This is the view of the railroad in Beacon when you stand by the waterfall with your back to the round restaurant (old mill).

Beacon Summer Rails, Oil, 10 x 10"

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Falls at Beacon

This painting was started in plein air last August with the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters (LHVPAP) group at Beacon falls. I recently finished it in the studio. Other than the limited access to a bathroom this is a great place to paint.

The Falls at Beacon, Oil, 8 x 10"