Sunday, October 29, 2017

French Lace

I am happy with the outcome of this painting!  "French Lace" is what I intend to name it because this was a window that I saw in Monpazier, France awhile back.  It is funny how sometimes you have an image of something for a future painting but think that maybe it won't really be a hit but as I was working on this one, I really enjoyed it. That is a good sign.  I have worked on other paintings that I was sure to be a hit but to my mind did not turn out the way I wanted it to.  The message is that you just never know when you sit down to that blank sheet of paper what masterpiece it might turn into.
This painting is 23" x 30".

Sunday, October 1, 2017

New Hydrangea/butterfly watercolor

This is my latest painting.  I do not know what I want to title it yet.  If anyone out there can help me give it a great title, please send along your comments.  I have done this hydrangea in the past but from a different angle and format.  I compared the two.  The first one I did in 2012 and it went off to an international biennial. I did a better job on this one so experience does show that you do improve through the years of keeping at it. Look back at paintings you did 5 years ago and see if you can see a progression in your art. But please, if anyone has any clever idea of a good title, please drop me a comment or message.  Thank you.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Italian Villa Commission

I am now able to unveil my latest watercolor project!  I was commissioned to do a painting of a family villa in Italy.  Of course, I tried to have them send me there to do research work but alas, I worked from photos only.  I introduced a watermark effect in the foreground which is a family emblem located on a wrought iron gate to the family home.  This home has managed to stay in the family for many centuries.

I took photos of the progression of the painting which I submitted along the way to my client for their approval.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Low Tide-Mont Saint Michel

This is my latest painting.  I worked on a very ambitious painting of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France.  I visited the monastery last year and it was amazing to see. 

The day that I went there, it was an overcast, on the verge of raining kind of day.  It was at low tide and approaching the site, there was a small sailboat embedded in the sand waiting for the water to come in to set it upright.

In this painting, I wanted to convey the mysterious feeling and age of this structure and the weather that day aided in trying to achieve that affect.  I put a lot of texture into this painting and was also pleased with the sky.  That was the first part that I had painting because if that did not turn out to my liking, I was not going proceed with the painting.  But as luck would have it, and after some practice, it turned out just fine.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The making of "Au Petit Versailles"

For some of my paintings, I recorded their progress by taking photos along the way.  I would like to share the steps it took to show the development of the painting to the final result.  So below are photos showing the gradual progress to this painting that might give some insight for other artists.

When all was said and done, I was happy with the result.  I did end up cropping a little bit off the bottom.  Thought it made a better composition.  As you can see, I also muted the background street scene to put more emphasis on the objects in the window.  I will gladly answer any questions viewers have in addition to what is shown here.