Thursday, May 26, 2011

Washed in Gray Green 2

"Tree in Rain/Fog"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2011
7" x 5" (17.78cm x 12.7cm)

I have always liked rain images, washing over the landscape
in grayish green tones. Even the most mundane scene
becomes far more interesting and worthy of pause. The middle
of a street takes on different patterns of light while wet and
can easily become the central focus. Although the tree in
rainy foggy weather was my original intent, it's the wet street that shines.118
To see another similar painting click previous post here Washed in Grey Green
For others click rain or weather Labels below this post.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

...Port in a Storm

"Union Pacific 4259"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2011
6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)
Randy Higbee Gallery, 

The 4259 headed into the port and right into an approaching storm, the last bit of sunlight illuminating the well worn bright yellow locomotive. I like the lightening bolt red stripe of the Union Pacific and that is what inspired me to portray the locomotive charging head-on into a storm.117

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Subdued Energy 2

"Tree Nocturne (2 Figures, City View)"   SOLD
oil on panel, 2010
5" x 4" (12.7cm x 10.16cm)

The nocturne... it's origin, mid 19th century French from Latin, nocturnus, meaning 'of the night'.

Like most from my Tree Nocturne series this is from my imagination and maybe distant memories.

Being more of a night owl I love the faint buzz of the nighttime air. As Ray Bradbury so perfectly described in one of his books... it's  "... the gentle hiss of distance...". I could not say it any better than that. It is not quite silent, but you can't really hear it either. It's just there.
Although it dominates the composition the tree is not the main focus. The figures overlooking the city, silhouetted against the bright lights, command the attention, even if small.
I designed the foliage of the tree to radiate outward from the center and pushed the color saturation a bit to give the scene more life, that subdued energy of the suburb and urban setting.
This is what I had in mind for this painting as well as the other one under the same post heading 'Subdued Energy' here. 116

Link to value thumbnail here.

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*Update - previous post original value thumbnail here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Studio Pics-Gallery

Here are a couple pics of the gallery area of my studio where I receive clients. The interior designer did a beautiful job setting up the gallery to be warm, inviting and showcase my art.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bird Study-Greater Pewee

"Greater Pewee"
pencil on paper, 2011
image area 5" x 3.5" (12.7cm x 8.89cm)
For Sale at Daily Paintworks, CLICK HERE

This drawing is a bit more 'studied' than previously posted bird sketches, here and here.
The focus is more on the values in the bird (hence the transparency of the branch) and it's soft feather texture.115

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