Thursday, October 11, 2007

"Saveurs de la Provence"

Saveurs de la Provence translated is flavors of Provence. This latest watercolor reminds me of the linens that I bought while traveling in the South of France last year. A comment that I would like to make is that the French are not afraid to use color and they do so with a lot of style and class. This is a brand new painting that I just completed this evening and I was not sure of the final result. But when all was said and done, I am pleased with the result. Every painting has a certain mood. The lighting that I tried to convey was one of being late at night and looking for a late night snack. There is just a single source of light in the room and shined on this table with linens strewed about to create some interesting shadows patterns on the colorful linens from Provence while the "marionette" watches over the scene.

I wanted the viewer to feel like they just stepped into a French dining room in Provence. I found a fun webcam linked to a French bakery in Paris. It shows them making the breads in their ovens. The site is:

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Not Titled (Yet)

I have not titled this painting yet. When I came up with the design, I had been playing around with some decorative papers, and shells and I came up with this realistic but somewhat contemporary composition. Composition I think is really key to any painting. Even if the painting technique is not quite as sophisticated, how it is composed can make it intriquing. I need a simple, contemporary name for this painting. Maybe in time, it will come to me. Any thoughts will be taken into consideration.

Monday, October 1, 2007


This painting done from images taken while on vacation in Venice is from an area in the canals where all the gondolas gather to take people out on rides. I don't know if I would have wanted to stay at that particular hotel in that area as it must get awfully noisy especially at night. This painting was done on watercolor board as opposed to paper and created a different effect. For those of you that have a Mac, there is a widget of a live webcam from Venice. You can find it at: