Sunday, September 30, 2012

Harvest of the Arts

Saturday was spent painting at the Harvest of the Arts Festival in Carlisle, PA along with some fellow painters from my plein air group Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters
 Larry Lerew, Vivian Brandler, and I set up at the intersection of High Street and Hanover Street, the beginning of the event where they closed off 4 blocks to traffic.  How often can you set up right in the middle of the street to paint?  We had a great time painting along to the music!

Below is the painting I did.  I wasn't 100% focused on this one...never can be at these events with people stopping to talk and watching over your shoulder...but it's fun.  I especially love the children with their painted faces who are so interested in watching me paint.
Thanks to Vivi's friend Jeb for modelling!
"Waiting on the Square"

Friday, September 28, 2012

Beach Life

6x12 oil

There are few things I like better than a day at the beach...painting is one of them. So set me up with my paint supplies under a beach umbrella and I am as happy as a clam. 

This is one of the paintings I did while I was in Chincoteague a few weeks ago for their plein air festival.  I was noticing all the colorful beach umbrellas and how quickly the color faded out of them as they receded into the hazy distance where sky, sand, and sea almost became white.

This piece did not sell at the sale on Chincoteague, so I brought it home with me where I was pleased when it sold very quickly to a local buyer.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Creating an antique brick effect on a ceiling

Every once in awhile I start a job that makes me question my in "why did I ever agree to do this?"  This week I am tediously creating an antique brick effect on this VERY large ceiling.  I know it will be great once it is finally finished.

In the photo above, the green lines are pieces of tape which I carefully laid out to create the brick pattern.  Below I have toned the basic color of the bricks and am beginning to remove the tape.

Nest steps are to add color variation and antiquing to the bricks.

I was left with these 3 nice balls of tape that I removed from the ceiling, all caked with the top paint and texture coats.  Just being silly, but I am thinking of a few galleries that might exhibit this as "art".

Sunday, September 9, 2012

East Side House

8x10 oil
I just spent a week on Chincoteague Island, VA where I painted for their annual plein air event.  This was my second year participating as an artist in this event and it was nice to see familiar faces.  The mosquitoes were miserable, much worse than they have ever been, but the weather was surprisingly nice with the exception of one solid day of rain and wind which forced me to paint from the front seat of my car (which was actually not all that bad).  I managed to do 6 paintings and two of them sold at the Saturday evening show.  This one sold within the first half hour so I am happy I took a quick picture of it.