Thursday, January 30, 2014

Seascape Cliff Shipwreck

"Seascape Cliff Shipwreck"
oil on panel, 2010
3.5" x 5" (8.89cm x 12.7cm)
private collection

This is another version of the same painting from the previous post.
The biggest difference is the addition of the shipwreck which made it more fun. Other than that the cliff is very similar in color but the background is cool green here, cool purple and orange in the previous.
You can see how in this one there is more separation of the cliff and background, primarily through value.

This is part of the reason for doing studies.266

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Seascape Cliff Crashing Waves

"Seascape Cliff Crashing Waves"
oil on panel, 2010
3.5" x 5" (8.89cm x 12.7cm)
private collection

Here is another small seascape study I did as a gift a few years back. Much like the previous post you can see the saturation of palette is the same. That is what I was doing at the time.

Again, like I said in the previous post, I am looking back at these earlier studies to retrace my thoughts and then decide if there is anything in them I want to pursue for a 2014 series.

I currently have about 15 or 20 works in progress at different stages, in 4 or 5 different series (genres) and various sizes so I don't have a lot to post just yet. I thought I would share these for now.

I have another slightly different version of the above I will post next.
You can at any time click the 'seascape' LABEL and see all the recent and past seascapes and gain a sense of what I am looking towards for a new 2014 series. 265

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Zen Seascape

"Seascape Sunset"
oil on panel, 2009
3.5" x 5" (cm x cm)
private collection

Here is a small seascape study I did as gift a few years back.
Besides the recent ones I have been doing, exploring different directions, I also have been looking back at earlier ones I did.
Sometimes I had thoughts, recorded in these studies, that got lost in the shuffle of other projects and paintings.
Now is the time to consider which ones I will reincarnate for a seascape series.

I stood on the cliffs just before sunset on a calm day at low tide, the water smooth as glass except near the shore where the gentle waves washed over the rocks, radiating these circular ripples. The deep rich saturated colors of sunset reflecting off the water like a stained glass window.

I remember it as having a zen like quality and realized that a view including the sky would turn out to be just another sunset painting and that the sensation (zensation?) was actually in the foreground, no distant horizon was needed. In fact including too much might have defeated it altogether.

I am reminded the sea has many moods, from the stormy to the meditative.264

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Avid Art 2

Ha! Ha! Ha! I made it... Avid Art 2 published January 1 2014 (just barely still counts).

OK, so here it is, Avid Art 2, repped by a bunny, or a rabbit (maybe I should call it rabid art) and it's meant to be cute sardonic or deadpan or something?
But please don't expect too much. I don't even know where it's headed.

What I do know is this one won't be too formal. I will leave it completely open to changing it on a whim if I feel like it.

I may change the header, the colors, the type, the format, the content, who knows. I might even have long run-on sentences (sorry High School English teacher)...  well probably not that last one.

When I decided to do another blog I spent a lot of time thinking about what and how to do it all, nearly driving myself crazy with planning, then it dawned on me, STOP IT! Just do it like a chameleon would and change it if I don't like something. Not everything has to go down a paved road. Every so often it's good to suddenly turn left into the brush, prickly's and all. Go there if you dare.
Link will also be in right column from here on out.

Link to, click AVID ART 2


Here's to a new year and fresh start!
Thank you to all who have helped support Avid Art, all my followers, visitors and commenters (but not the robots who have ruined my stats).

I hope 2014 is a blow-out year for us all!