03/14/16

Hey, thought I'd post a quick peek into what I've been working on these days. 

As part of an annual show, the awesome folks at Buoy Gallery in Kittery, Maine encourage participating artists to make one original piece of art, started and finished in the month of February. This show, ArtPM, opens with a reception on March 18th, 6pm, so if you're in the area, come check it out! More details available on their Facebook

My painting, Corner of Hill, will be one of the works included at Buoy, so here's a quick slide show of my progress. The house of a friend & neighbor had all sorts of cool winter tones and I couldn't pass up such a great February scene. 

9/14/15

Even though I officially finished this painting in 2014, after sorting through photos, I enjoyed seeing the progression of my largest painting, Acony Bells, and thought I'd share. 

I started painting on this particular canvas in January 2013, but it started to move in a particular direction after I spent the summer painting in Italy and did a small gouache study of an invented pseudo-Italian mountainscape. This aerial view was really interesting to me, enough that I spent the next 5 months or so trying to translate it onto a much larger scale. During the earliest stages, I was focused on finding an overall composition that I liked, changing horizons and hillsides. The majority of the time after that point was spent on establishing a sense of atmosphere and distance. Some of the biggest changes, however, happened after being framed and with a week until it needed to be hanging in a gallery. Shown in the last 3 images, I glazed over large portions of the canvas, sanded and scraped down others, and added the birch trees and lower left houses that dominate the foreground. It was daunting to introduce so much change into a painting with so much already invested in it, but I'm happier with the result because of it. 

8/21/15

After a short hiatus from posts, here's the latest from my studio. I have a new landscape in-progress that's focusing on those end of the day moments, when the light starts to do some amazing things. It's felt pretty therapeutic to be able to concentrate on all the small patterns that happen up close with so much plant life, especially on a larger scale like this. I'm planning to accompany the large paintings with a series of smaller studies that focus on those patterns and shapes. Expect to see some of these soon!

in-progress, oil on canvas, 3'x3', 2015

5/16/15

Here's a general overview of the progression of one of my recent paintings.

It originally began as a quick oil sketch of my house from memory, as I sat inside ignoring the several feet of snow outside. I was more interested in making an interesting painting than accurately reproducing my street, so instead my house became this framework off of which I could build something original. Working almost entirely from memory and invention, I adapted a few different perspective techniques, gave myself some rules and found excuses to break them; anything to keep that initial spark of interest going. I wanted to keep all possibilities available and didn't tie myself to the truth. Without much direct reference, I felt more free to alter things and invent my own additions to the neighborhood. After a few stages of changes, here's the result. 

4/3/15

After a recent hike, I decided to take advantage of the last remaining snow before it finally melted and started this new landscape. Trying to capture a specific instance of light and time of day is always an enjoyable challenge, especially with snow in the forest. Because of lighting, snow almost never ends up being pure white, so the painting becomes about looking past the local color and finding the right relationships of warm and cool. 

Cathedral, 48"x24", Oil on Panel, 2015

2/3/15

I've taken some time away from painting lately to build some frames for an upcoming show, but I've still been able to start this snowscape. With several feet of snow outside, I suppose it was only inevitable that I got around to painting it. Like several of my previous posts, this is still in-progress. I'll eventually stop jumping around from one work to another and finish one, but I'm enjoying it for now.

1/20/15

I only have time for a few quick progress photos of the painting mentioned in my last post. More to follow soon!

1/6/15

After a few years of thick and opaque painting, I've started returning to glazes and much thinner surfaces, something I've found pretty refreshing. Here's a quick progression of an in-progress oil landscape that I've started as part of a larger series. This progression will be updated as I work back into the painting, showing the changes and steps from start to finish.