In November of last year, I began a portrait of Black Beard and displayed a slide presentation in front of a crowd of attendees at the American Society of Marine Artists in Charleston, SC. 2018 was the 300th Anniversary of Black Beard’s blockade of Charleston Harbor. The unfinished portrait is on the right.
“All For One” a recently completed commission, is based on a portfolio painting completed in art school. Dumas wrote the story to take place in the early 1600s, so I restricted a modern equivalent to the common palette available at that time consisting of black, white, yellow ocher and a warm red as the only source pigments to paint this 26″ x 18″ oil on linen work.
I just finished a small 12” x 9” oil begun on location and finished in the studio with additional research. It is of a sea rover who is attempting to recapture parakeets that got loose, originally taken from Australia. The idea that world travelers have been “migrating” species by virtue of their maritime travels for centuries was the inspiration for the final painting.
“Surprise” is an oil painting on linen 12″ x 36″ created as a private commission where the purchaser wanted me inspired by a scene from the movie, “Master and Commander: Far Side of the World”. I brought together a photo I took from a sunset sail in Key West and photos I had taken of the H.M.S. Rose under sail In Milford Harbor, CT. The H.M.S. Rose, a recreation vessel, was transformed into the H.M. S. Surprise for the film. Prints of this are available in our web store in the Maritme section.
At a recent public appearance, I brought a half Julian easel I use to work outdoors and painted this small 10″ x 8″ oil on a gesso board support. I brought the panel to the demo already with a pencil drawing sealed with an ochre acrylic transparent wash so it was ready to add the oils for the demonstration.
“Blownapart at Dice” is a 14″ x 10″ watercolor painted on an Arches Cold Press Watercolor Block. Louis Lambie, the model, is an entertainer who had sometimes been rigged with exploding “squibs”. Packets of fake blood that are radio controlled to explode leaving a realistic effect. Hence his nickname , Louis Blownapart…