Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Oberammergau

I will have two exhibits of my work in March, so hopefully I'll be posting more paintings here over the next few weeks.  Here's a good start, a view of the church in the center of Oberammergau.  I took the photo from which I painted this when I was there for the first time, I think back in 2010, but it's taken this long to get around to painting it.

Happy New Year, by the way.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Homage to Homer


Winslow Homer, that is.

There's a lot to be learned from studying paintings by masters, and even more to be learned from trying to duplicate them.  This is my take on Winslow Homer's painting, Banana Trees, Nassau.  My aim was not to make an exact copy, but to learn some of his techniques by coming relatively close.

His style is very different from my own, which made for a good exercise.  Here's the original so you can compare:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tonight's Project

Actually, I've been working on this for the last few nights.  It's not quite finished, but it's close enough that I thought I'd let you have a look at it.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Two More Micro Paintings

Here are two more tiny paintings, purpose-made to draw down my pile of mats and frames.  I have lots of mats that are cut for two images like this, which adds a little complexity to the problem of composition.

Micro Painting

Before I left Portugal, I bought out the stock of a frame shop that was going out of business.  I ended up with, among other things, lots of very small frames, so I've started working on little paintings to fill them.  This is an example.  At 2.5 x 2 inches, these paintings are lot like short stories.  You have to have fit in all the required information, but there's no room for anything extraneous.

Friday, December 06, 2013

New Painting: First Frost

I apologize to both my readers for the long lapse in blogging (and painting.) The move from Portugal to Germany was more difficult, in more ways, than I anticipated, and although I wanted very badly on many occasions to paint, until recently I had neither the time, nor the space for it.

Now, however, my studio is set up, and I hope to get back to work in earnest.  This is my first attempt to capture frost which, for a watercolorist who does not use white, presents some interesting challenges.