I don’t think I’ll ever be able to paint a still life – no movement! I need to see plants that are alive and following the sun or dancing with a breeze. These camellias at the greenhouse were begging me to paint their portrait. It was a pleasure to say yes. Details below. Enjoy.
I like an early start in the morning, probably because it feels like I’ll be able to squeeze more hours out of the day. I suspect morning glories feel the same way. These are from the Victory Gardens in my Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Details below. Enjoy.
I’m pleases to announce that Greylock Gallery in Williamstown, Massachusetts will be featuring my paintings this month. They have some of my favorite large pondscapes, and also a good number of the small studies in elegant white frames. If you can, do stop by to see the show while you are in the Berkshires. Links to Greylock Gallery on the right.
I’m sending a show down to Galerie Sono in southern Connecticut this month, with the exhibit going up in September. The reception will be Saturday, September 29, 2018. Nine new pondscapes, mostly celebrating the fabulous reds and russets of autumn, will comprise this show.
Greenhouses are magical places. In the dead of winter, you can walk in and forget your winter blues. There is light, the smell of damp earth, and so much life. I visited a greenhouse last winter, and found, nestled among other plants, these camellias bursting into bloom. I took dozens of photos and pondered what I might do with them. I loved the camellias, but I wanted to include their friends. I also wanted to play with the shapes that a roller can make (and the translucence of thinly layered paint films), contrasted with an independent gestural line – two ways of describing a form. Visiting the Greenhouse is the result. Details below. Enjoy.
Looking across or down into a shallow creek lined with shrubs and trees can be disorienting – what is upside down vs. right side up? Is it a reflection, or something almost in front of your nose? Where does anything begin or end? These are some of the questions implicit in many of my new studies and paintings, including these new oil on paper studies based on the creek by my studio. Enjoy.
One of my earliest memories is from the day I started wearing eyeglasses. I was in the back seat of my parent’s car, looking up through the window and seeing TREES WITH LEAVES. It was a staggering sight – I only knew trees as blurs. Maybe that’s why I’m still so fascinated by the sight and experience of trees. Their movements mesmerize me – all that overlapping color and shape, and the contrast of blurry with sharp detail (STEMS! WHAT A NOVEL IDEA!). Every time I start painting the view up, into, or through trees I feel like a little kid again, experiencing the joy of sight for the first time. Thank you, trees, for the wonder and the breeze. Details below. Enjoy.
Technical painting notes: After painting many oil on paper studies, my arboreal series is beginning to take shape. Ode to an August Afternoon is certainly about warmth and the movement of air through trees. It also uses a range of techniques to explore ways of seeing leaves – as blurred and moving shapes and as outlines scraped into wet paint or applied with a brush. The close harmonies of tone and color are soothing. Using semi-transparent color applied thinly with a roller contributes to the nuanced color. Liquin Impasto medium was mixed into the paint to provide transparency and speed drying. I used the edge of the roller to draw the lines.