Oil in linen 8x10
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
It was a beautiful day on Plum Island and the beach was quite busy. It was also beach clean up day. The light changed just as I finished this oil and the temperature was dropping quickly. I took photos so that I can paint a studio version of this quick study.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Three sketches of the north lighthouse on Thacher Island. I attended a paintout there today. This was my second visit to the island. Gulls rule this island- I didn't dare sit on a rock because they were all splashed by white. I got chased by a young angry gull and was bitten by fire ants, but still had a great day!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
As if I am not already too busy with work, hobbies, and trying to create art, I have decided to try something I have been wanting to do for years- make my own paint. I have always loved looking at pigments and minerals so I did a lot of research and have been experimenting with egg tempera. I read several books and have been using the internet as well- I am finding the discussion forums on WetCanvas.com very useful. Some tips I have made use of: the best black according to several artists is Mars Black. It was hard to find this pigment but I finally found it at an online store called RGH. According to an artist whose book I read, Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White are difficult to disperse, so I took his advice and bought these colors in the form of a paste from Kremer Pigments which is another online store. The rest I bought in the form of powder at Fineartstore.com and they were very affordable. Of course, the coveted Lapis Lazuli is out of the question- I have to be content with the affordable alternative- Ultramarine Blue. There is enough information on the internet about the technique of making egg tempera that I won't go into it- but a few notes: Cobalt Blue is a very strange plasticy pigment and resistant to dispersion- it has the consistancy of Ublik. Like a solid and liquid at the same time. Some pigments are soft enough that you can put some in a bottle and stir in some distilled water. Some, such as the Cobalt Blue and Alizarin Crimson (the latter is particularly very grainy), need to be ground with a palette knife on a granite slab. I work in the monument business, so this was very easy to obtain. If you mix large amounts, a glass muller might be easier. I mix small amounts, as I don't work large, and I have heard artists complain about the paste not storing very well. Not pictured in my photo but very important- gloves and a respirator.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
My 8" oil painting of a boat worker in Gloucester won Best of Show in the Princeton Art Society's 20th anniversary exhibit. This is one of my favorite pieces and I had a great time working on it. Hopefully I will take many photos of this subject this summer- I'd love to do a series.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Painted with my brand new Daniel Smith squirrel hair mop brush, and walnut ink. Paper is Fabriano watercolor paper. A fellow artist let me try out his squirrel brush and I loved it! I am looking forward to acquiring several sizes. The ink is very nice as well.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
I love copying old b&w photos in color. This image came from a book titled A Vision of Paris: the photographs of Eugene Atget. It was published in 1963.
The painting is 8x10 on bristol. I used a dark sepia Faber-Castell PITT artist pen.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I drew some diatoms as seen through the 400x lens on my microscope. Some artists have created beautiful mosaics with images of diatoms. A few of these were actually moving.
My water sample was taking from a stream at Great Meadows in Concord, MA.