Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lisbon Skyline, and an homage to John Singer Sargent

The whole time I worked on this painting - which, in truth, was not a long time at all, since one of my goals was to work quickly without obsessing too much on details - I was trying to keep in mind John Singer Sargent's treatment of light, and his use of color in shadows. I'm pleased with the result.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's Painting

I left Portugal a year ago, and I've been thinking about this view of Lisbon's skyline ever since. There's still a fair amount of work to be done on this, but here's a look at how far I've gotten today.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Gerhardshofen revisited


Last week I completed a small study of a view of Gerhardshofen, which is a short distance outside of Nurnberg. That study was in preparation for this painting, which I finished today.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Two New Paintings


Gerhardshofen

Sheep in the Shade


There are a lot more landscapes I hope to do in the near future, if I can just find the time...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A New Portrait


Here's a portrait of Keith and Nathan Miller, two extraordinarily talented guys. This was a lot of fun to paint, and it's got me hoping to do more portraits in the future.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Retouching an old painting

This little painting has been with me since I left Saudi Arabia, but I hadn't looked at it lately.  When I saw it yesterday I saw a bunch of things I wished I'd done differently as I was painting it. I usually try to leave a painting alone once I've finished it - and certainly once it's been framed - but this particular one was so much in need of help that I pulled it out of the frame and went to work on it.

I heightened the contrast and deepened the shadows and I'm happy with the effect. I'll put it back in its frame now, and resume work on the portrait of Keith and Nathan Miller.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Progress Report



Here's a first look at progress on my current project. The outlines are sketched in, and I've got most of the cool-colored background in place. So far, so good.  Keep your fingers crossed.