Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Cool Morning Walk

In this painting I am experimenting with more random and sometimes unexpected color in a landscape. I like the way it adds energy to an otherwise plain scene. The figures give a place to bring your attention. I like the feeling of it.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Art of Hollandaise-30x24

 I had a really fun time and wonderful show at The Art Event in Nashville. They had a great turnout, as the weather turned sunny and nice for the weekend event after several inches of snow and freezing temps.
 This painting was used in the promotional material to advertise the show and was sold before the show began.
 I had a chance to observe chefs at the culinary school here in Birmingham on a day when they were cooking egg dishes. My inspiration for this painting came from watching these two chefs prepare Eggs Benedict. They were totally into the task. It was great fun to capture the scene.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chefs at Work

 The Karin Jurick workshop got me thinking about unusual compositions. I wanted to create some chef images that would be fun and interesting. So I thought about painting the subject at the very edge of the picture space against brightly colored backgrounds. I think they are pretty cool and a bit unexpected. I have created about a dozen of them and they seem to work best hung as a set of 2, 3, 6 or 9. I will share some of them with you............Each is 10x10.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Best Friends 21x11

While walking in Paris I found myself behind these two ladies. You could just tell they have been best friends forever.
A backlit scene can be fun to paint and produce drama with the silhouette formed by the source of light. This one didn't come together easily. I came back to it after several weeks with a fresh eye to make adjustments. I am pleased with it now.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lunch at the Winery 8"x8"

 September is a wonderful time to visit the California wine country. The warmth of the sun, the smell in the air and the beauty that surrounds you is unforgettable. All your concerns and worries melt away, at least for awhile.
This couple is about to enjoy a delightful lunch experience at the winery. The challenge in this painting is to capture that feeling, in that setting. The strong California sun is evident, creating strong light/shadow. The white umbrella provides partial shade to the diners. Some of the foliage is in sun, some in shade. This painting is primarily done with palette knife... lots of thick paint and texture. Fun.