Did some traveling recently and this 10″ x 8″ watercolor appeared in my sketchbook as I was shuffled from airport to plane seat, and to airport to plane seat again to my destination… where my checked luggage did not arrive with me.
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” My Prince Hath Croaked” an oil 15″ x 10″ began out as a field study as well at a spot found about a mile from my studio. While I worked, an otter bounced past me and splashed through the water in the foreground and into the culvert behind the figure. I had a photo shoot with a model soon after beginning the painting and one of the poses struck me as a perfect addition to the scene.
This 11″ x 14″ oil painting was begun several years ago as an exercise during an art Master Class I experienced. The premise was to sketch a scene on location, then use it later as a setting which would include a featured wild life subject. I recently decided this field painting would be perfect backdrop for a different sort of wild life experience. These on location, or plein air paintings, add authenticity not found using photo research in a studio environment.
Quicksilver 24″X 18″ oil on linen has been juried into the Art Renewal Center’s 2012 /2013 International Salon Competition. The Art Renewal Center encourages traditional realist art through their annual international competition, publications, website and sponsorships. The purpose of this portrait is to present the imaginative idea that an artist, me, had been captured by pirates, along with painting supplies. So with a little imagination, what would have resulted if a portrait painter were captured at sea and continued to practice his art in captivity? Dutch painter, Frans Hals, was known to frequent public houses and painted several cavaliers in the same era as pirates were plundering in the new world.
A spot tucked within the Myakka River State Park not far from my home. It has been my intention to do something like what Fredrick Remington and N.C. Wyeth did as they visited areas of the Old West to gain accurate information to produce western art. Several modern artists have gone a step further, James Bama and Howard Terpning, gave up their illustration careers in the New York area to be closer to Old West locations. While I am not wishing to give up a career painting fantastic art images, I am embracing my environment to produce pirate / sea rover art that rings with an authenticity of place. Howard Pyle a renowned painter of pirates traveled to Jamaica. Much of my art school training came from still life and figure observation, so recording the outdoors with paints and brushes rounds out my experience. Wild Palms is a 12″ x 9″ oil painting which took me four hours to complete. Painting quickly to capture the essence of a scene before the sun travels a great distance across the sky is a challenging skill to hone. The lighting I observed when I started and what I saw at the end was very different.