Monday, December 31, 2007

Red barns + 3 silos - 7.5"x22" - watercolor, graphite + encaustic wax on paper

It is never ending, the different ways that I can compose the space and render the different aspects of this scene. Today I have used the encaustic wax to create the snow and it really gives the texture of it in a subtle way. The fence is rendered with carving into the wax surface and it is impressionistic. The trees are lacey graphite filigree over the silhouettes of watercolor. I am using tons of white on top + bottom to hold the center in focus.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Red barn + Red mend - 8"x23" watercolor + gouache on paper

This is the long view of the parts I painted in previous days. This landscape offers a multitude of beautiful scenes to paint. There are still more to come from this one setting.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Red barn + silo - 7.5"x15.5" watercolor, gouache, graphite on Arches 300 lb cold press

The winter colors seem dull until you look closer. Naked black branches against the white sky are halo-ed with magenta. The distant tree line is lavender fading into the horizon. The red barns show off their geometry against the white backdrop.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Red barn + windmill - 11"x14.5" - watercolor + gouache on Arches cold press

The white snow continues to magnify the intensity of the red that I am seeing in the winter landscapes. I am inspired as I drive through the scenery. My eyes seek to find red daily as I continue this theme.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Winter Orchards - 11"x14.5" watercolor, pastel + graphite on Arches

The colors that are revealed by the wet snow in winter months are worthy of many paintings from this Artist. It is not my favorite time of year but the quiet landscapes that I see as I drive on back farm roads is always inspiring and filled with discovery for me.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Control tower- 6.5"x9.5" - gouache + pencil on paper

ABOVE: Here is what I think I look like through the course of my day.
For those looking at this blog, today I am taking you on a studio tour. On the Daily Painters Gallery website all the Artists are taking you on studio tours so check it out by clicking to the right on the site and enjoy! It should be a good trip.

BELOW: This is my "D'sign" studio where I mostly do my "job". I design dinnerware, giftware and home decor items. Most of the designs are for ceramics which I paint on paper with gouache and they are produced in factories in China. So here you see the "headquarters" for where it all starts.

BELOW: .... in my other painting studio. Yeah, I am fortunate to have enough space for a couple of studios. Lots of space is important to me. Here is where most of my daily paintings are done. My gelatin monoprints, watercolors, encaustic wax medium, collages and everything else including sewing gets done here.
This space also doubles as a sewing room and triples as a guest room and a den for my two cats, Botero and Beardsley.
Hope you enjoyed the tour and come back again! Soon, like everyday to see my work which is for sale too. Send me an email with the title and I will quote you a price.

A partridge in a pear tree - 10"x14" - watercolor on Arches

Find the partridge in a pearless tree....

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Snow cloud over sea - 8"x13" gelatin monoprint with ink + pastel on paper

One of the fun things about doing these gelatin monoprints is the lack of control. This was a summer sea scene originally done in Maine on Deer Isle. Awaiting the opportunity to come out, this print found a new life. The imperfections created by the dimples on the gelatin plate that did not print took on the look of snow flakes - how perfect! This could be modified to fit into my winter scene series. I like the twist this print has taken.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pine Boughs of Snow - 8"x12" gelatin monoprint with ink on rice paper

This monoprint was done in Sept. and it was an impression I had of what was yet to be. It fits for today, we had our first big white snowfall here in my part of the Hudson Valley.

Olana Dusk - 6"x24" - watercolor, gouache, silverleaf on paper

Here is the famous view that many a plein air painter perches to paint. But not me in the cold! I'll take the photo and paint in the warmth of my humble studio. This was dusk tonight at approximately 5 o'clock. I am fortunate to live so close to this wondrous view that is ever changing. It is never dull.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Catskill Sunset- 10.5"x14" watercolor, pastel + gold leaf on Arches 300 lb

This is a landscape overlooking the Hudson river. It is the same view as yesterday's but zoomed out. I used neon pastel oil color on the halo edge of the mountains for dramatic effect. It is over-emphasized but really shows the essence of what I saw.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Silhouettes at Sunset - 10.5"x14"- watercolor + gold leaf on Arches 300 lb

This breathtaking sunset is over the Hudson river with the Catskill mountains in the background setting the stage for this golden orb to set. The colors are brilliantly glowing and not a bit exaggerated.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nude #327b - 9"x12" - pastel on sandpaper

Sometimes I am laaaazzzzy+ tired - like tonight.....goodnight

Sold to a collector in Wilton, Ct.
Pastel on paper

Blowin' in the Wind- 12.5"x14.5"- gelatin monoprint with ink, pastel + graphite on paper

There are a lot of things goin' on in here- the breeze, the impression of the motion of the leaves fallin', the clouds marchin' by, the whirlin' dust comin' up from the ground and the strokes of my brush paintin' like van Gogh, filled with action - (GK, keep dreamin'..!)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Nude #326- 19.5x25.5"- watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper

Sometimes the colors become the focus in a painting. Sometimes the lack of color or the subtle use of color and the way it recedes into the paper keeps you staring. I was drawn into the void that this nude occupies by the hints of color which create the contours of Wendy.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Nude #325- 23"x27.5" watercolor, gouache, pastel + graphite on paper

This painting is almost a mirror image of another that I did a few weeks ago. There is a lot of drama in the background which this particular model commands.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"French Post Card" - 12.5"x14.5" gelatin monoprint with ink + graphite on paper

This is a daring try using this gelatin monoprint technique. I am using authentic French postcards as reference. In the 1800's these postcards were the Playboy magazine of their time... I find them to be inspiring and lovely and whimsical.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rising moon at dusk - 9"x13"- watercolor, graphite + silver leaf on paper

I saw this moon rising at dusk yesterday. The sky was that beautiful color of periwinkle blue and pink. I like to put down an image of natural beauty from my memory because I filter the reality. The trees are lacey and they just tickle the edge of the moon as it rises above them. I did several versions of this image but this one looks the best.

to a collector in NC

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Nude #324- 16.5"x28" - watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

This model looks a little like Josephine Baker. I did this painting in August in the heat of the summer. For some reason I have been holding off posting it. On a lazy day like today when I did not finish a painting it comes in tres handy- voila!
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Friday, November 23, 2007

Icey Grass on Deer Isle- 12"x12" gelatin monoprint

This is part of my series from a workshop I took at Haystack on Deer Isle in Maine, this past fall. The icey looking grass effect in the foreground was achieved by using grass as a mask on top of the gelatin plate. There are so many effects that can be achieved doing this printing technique.

Owned by a collector in Ca.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Nude #323- 6"x12" - watercolor,gouache, pastel, graphite on paper

I never get tired of this reclining pose. It is the most attractive and alluring poses that a model can strike, and the viewer can be captured by.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nude #322- 19.5"x25.5" mixed media on paper

This is a combination of acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel and graphite on paper. The background is a silvery metalic that goes from dark to light pushing the figure and the chair forward. It is more dramatic in person.

Nude #321 + Nude #312

Nude #321 - 18" x 24" ink + gouache on paper
This is from a one minute pose. I have been painting one minute poses using india ink and a China brush. I am trying to capture the gesture with the paint as opposed to charcoal in this quick window of time.

Nude #312
19" x 25" watercolor, gouache + graphite
I am re-posting this painting after taking down for awhile. I could not put it back upon it's original post date because you can't time travel on blogger. So he is piggybacking on this post post from the same week, same model session.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Nude #319-16"x20"- mixed media on paper + wood

belongs to a collector in Hudson, NY

This is a big combo of mediums and layering of imagery.I mounted the nude, done on paper, onto a silver leaf covered wood board. Then I added the background setting later, as usual. I wanted to layer in some stencils and just kept playing with colors and foreground and background. It looks better in person rather than this photo. I am just going with the flow here and it is taking me on a trip somewhere Across the Universe - not sure where yet. Getting free-er is where I am always trying to go go go.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nude #318- 18"x24"- watercolor, gouache, graphite on paper

I have been studying this nude on my wall for a long time thinking about what I wanted to add in the background. I added the stencil of the water whirls because of the dreamy look on this model's face. And I created it in a Japanese feeling because of the tranquility that is present.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Nude #316- 19.5"x25.5"- watercolor, gouache, pastel+ graphite on paper

Tuesday night usually means nudes fresh off the easel:
Yup! This looks like a collage of patterns that I patched together. Her face is undetectable, her body folds get lost in the folds of the fabrics. I like the hodgepodge arrangement.