Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Red Leaf

5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite.
I love light through and on things...in this case, a leaf.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'll be in this image for a few days; see you all shortly, and everybody have a nice holiday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Morning Glory

4 x 6 inches, oil on board.
A trial painting using my computer monitor. I always prefer to paint from live, or real objects, but I want to be able to use my photos when the need or inspiration arises. I've taken some landscape photos I'd like to use as subject matter for larger paintings. The drawback in painting from a photo for me is that a photo is a static moment pre-compressed, flattened and colored. It makes it too easy to just copy. Painting from life is exciting and real, and usually frustrating: the sun going behind clouds ( or ultimately, the horizon), wind, dust storms, dogs, bees, people, plague, etc.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Green Knobby Gourd

7 x 5 inches, oil on board.
Warty, homely and disfigured.
And the gourd's not looking too good either.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Psychedelic Gourd

5 x 6 inches, oil on board.
I love these knobby and garish things.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Caumsett State Historic Park

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.
Kay and I enjoyed a really nice picnic on this beautiful spot. This is the view from the English-style main house once built by Marshall Field III. It sits on the north shore of Long Island, the "Gold Coast". The painting started out as a "3-hour study", but I needed more time...so put more hours into it at home. The body of water nearer to you is a small fresh water pond; the water behind it is Long Island Sound, and the distant land is Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Blue Ridge Parkway

3 x 6 inches, oil on board.
A week or so ago Kay and I drove from New York to North Carolina, where my parents live, and we really enjoyed the drive through Virginia near Shenendoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The fall colors were really unbelievable, especially under an amazing blue sky. I wanted to stay there for a few weeks, but I only had one afternoon, so I (for better or worse) put my blinders on and did this tiny slice of ridge.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Morning Glory, Night

7 x 5 inches, oil on board.
The last morning glory of the season. They fade to purple, with streaks of maroon.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Many Leaves

5 x 7 inches, oil on board.
I should, for my own sanity, limit the number of leaves in a 3-hour painting. Plus, they're all different colors. Meanwhile, the sun's moving too! Not fair!

Thursday, November 09, 2006


7 x 5 inches, oil on board.
The last nasturtium, on a really glorious fall day. They froze a couple nights ago.

At least there are still a few leaves on the trees.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hoyt Farm

7 x 5 inches, oil on board.
I think gray, rainy day bring out colors. This was another of our on-again off-again days where the sun leaps out and ducks back behind clouds. If you're striving to paint a specific light, you have to choose one, and stick with it.

I Was Here All Along!

My apologies to those of you who visited this site in the past couple weeks and wondered why I hadn't posted anything. There have been major technical problems at Blogger. I had no access to my blog since Oct. 21st.

Things seem to be working now. However, there is still no access to my archive pages. I'm working on fixing that.