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“Sushi No. 13”Oil on masonite, 6″ x 6″View high resolution image I’m essentially just a dilettante in the kitchen, but I have a lot of respect for people with real skill. For me, the pinnacle of culinary art is sushi. This isn’t because it’s my favorite food to eat (not even close), but because it […]
“Fate”Oil on masonite, 6″ x 8″View high resolution image Sometimes, but not always, a particular still life setup will suggest a story or a theme… occassionally it’s the other way around. In any event, still life painting does have within it the potential for real metaphor. When it does happen, intended or not, I always […]
“Glass Jar”Oil on linen on panel, 10″ x 10″As this is a somewhat larger work than my usual dailies, I’m offering it as a fixed-price item in my online store rather than as an auction.View high resolution image Glass has always been a favorite subject to paint, but I’ve been away from it for a […]
“Sushi No. 12”Oil on masonite, 6″ x 8″View high resolution image Sometimes big paintings begin life as small sketches. Here the opposite is true; I’ve been working on a large sushi painting all week, and I’ve enjoyed it so much that I decided to use the composition for a smaller daily painting… hopefully you enjoy […]
I had an excellent trip to sample some of the artistic life in Providence, RI today. Although I’m only an hour away, it’s been close to 5 years since I’ve been there; it was way overdue. First stop was Shawn Kenney’s studio – he’s an artist whose work I admire a lot. Check out his […]
“LEMON”Oil on masonite, 4″ x 4″View high resolution image Occassionally the simplest subjects can be the most gratifying to paint. With this piece, I took a lot of pleasure in trying to describe the curve of the lemon and the radiance of the light hitting it against a dark background.
“Sushi No. 11”Oil on masonite, 6″ x 6″View high resolution image And another one… boldly lit, chopsticks at the ready, and absolutely irresistable to me. Although this is a regular-sized “daily”, I’m working on a larger version of this painting, to be displayed soon.
“Roofline No. 1”Oil on masonite, 4″ x 4″View high resolution image For some reason, rooflines – particularly irregular ones – have always intrigued me, so I’m basing a new series of paintings on them. This is from a local Chinese restaurant. I’ve never actually eaten there, but I’ve admired the roof many, many times.
“Silver Handle”Oil on masonite, 4″ x 4″View high resolution image Continuing the theme of cropped images which I’ve been exploring lately, today’s painting is the handle of a silver creamer. I’ve probably painted it in a dozen other still lifes, but in this focused composition it felt like a completely different object.
“Sushi No. 10”Oil on canvas on masonite, 5″ x 7″View high resolution image Anyone who has watched these pages for a while knows that I have a real weakness for painting sushi. The forms, colors, textures, the way each grain of rice captures the light just a little differently… it all adds up to the […]
By coincidence, the Daily Painters Guild was featured today in Lines and Colors. Thanks Charley! Lines and Colors is the best general art blog I know, and a must-read for anybody interested in representational art. When they start giving out Pulitzers for culture blogging, this one goes to the front of the line.
I’m delighted to announce the Daily Painters Guild, of which I’m one of the founding members. This is a group of 15 of the finest artists practicing the Painting-A-Day discipline… for that matter, it’s a group of some of the finest artists I know, period. I’m very proud to be in the company of these […]
“Lemon, Peppers, Goblet”Oil on linen, 11″ x 14″ Tonight is First Friday at my studio, and I’ll be hosting an open house from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Up on the wall tonight are many of my new still lifes (like the piece above), as well as a number of larger landscapes, including some I haven’t shown […]
“Marble No. 5”Oil on masonite, 4″ x 4″View high resolution image I’ve been realizing lately how much I enjoy experimenting with cropped images. Although this is the kind of composition that might be difficult to pull off on a large painting, it seems to work on a much more intimate scale.
“Cherry”Oil on masonite, 4″ x 4″View high resolution image Like sushi, the cherry for me is one of those foods that I love to paint but don’t particularly care to eat… maybe it just seems like a lot of unnecessary work, with the pit and stem and all… But they are lovely to look at.
Careful readers of this blog will notice that I haven’t posted a thing for the last week. True. I haven’t exactly stepped off the face of the earth; instead I’ve been mind-numbingly busy preparing for upcoming shows. Over the next three months I have four shows and events to get ready for… seven, if you […]
“Raspberry, Blueberry”Oil on masonite mounted on oak2.5 x 2$65, free shipping.Email me to purchase I’m working on some pieces for an upcoming show, so there will only be a few daily paintings this week. I can, however, offer one of these little guys that I enjoy doing so much. I’m calling these my “shelf paintings”; […]