“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…
Banyan Canyon Rodeo began as a small, 12″ x 9″, plein air painting on the grounds of the Ringling mansion in Sarasota,FL. A squirrel scampered about and preened on a branch as I was painting. In the studio, the painting cried out for more interest and I remembered the squirrel’s visit and decided to imagine what might go in at this location when no one is looking.