Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Woman Seated"

Pastel on LaCarte pastel card.

"Woman Seated" detail

This is a recent pastel with a figural subject. I found the light in the shadows intriguing so I explored the nuances and temperature shifts within. I included a detail shot of the head. Special thanks to my lovely wife who agreed to be the subject. Approx.5x7 soft pastel on La Carte pastel card.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Spring Hill"

This is a recent landscape done using dry pastel over a watercolor underpainting. Unlocking nature's infinite color list is a never ending challenge as well as motivation to move forward. Enjoying a dialogue with the surroundings and subjects is one of my greatest pleasures even when frustrations arise. Thanks for looking. Spring Hill is approx.9x12 dry pastel on sanded paper.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Lady In Red"

This is a recent pastel painting I did. My loving wife posed for me and there was a warm rich light that filled in the shadows. I became more interested in the light and let it take the lead throughout. This painting is very soft and blended which I normally avoid, but it suited the situation and made the details for me less important. The painting is approx. 9x12 soft pastel on La Carte sanded pastel card.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Quick life drawings

These are three drawings from life each purposely done in under an hour. They are not meant as finished drawings but more of an excersize. There is little detail. I did these to get my juices flowing and to more quickly identify shapes. These are approx.16x20 black and white pastel on toned paper.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ulster Evening

This is a small painting inspired by a day trip to New Paltz N.Y. a small college town with an active arts community. There seems to be many little hidden vistas offering painting and photo opportunities. My wife and I will be returning soon to uncover more of it's treasures. The town is in Ulster County and is a friendly place to relax and browse the small unique shops. Ulster Evening is 6x8 oil on linen panel and was painted using a pallette of red, blue and yellow plus white.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Exploring Color

This is Oil on linen 6"x8".

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Color of Hope

Well after a long winter and lots of snow (removed with bulldozer) came the first sunny days and milder weather. Feeling rejuvenated by the anticipation of what will come I painted this one. Loosely based on a spot in my yard and without concern for subtletey I took some artistic license and away I went. Oil on linen 6"x8".

Dreams Of Trees

This scene is an interpretation from a visit to Storm King mountain in winter.Storm King mountain rests along the Hudson river and can offer some beautiful views of the lower Hudson valley and of course the river itself. This particular day was overcast and my attention was drawn to the seemingly sleeping trees.Although it was cold and lifeless the woods stood strong with no sign of giving in.The woods knew they'd be back soon and they were sleeping.The hope of a bright new day can always be found in nature and I imagined the trees dreaming of new life, blooms and buds .During a harsh winter it's hard to imagine life will return but nature without fail or falter stands as a sentinel reminding me that life really does go on. Oil on panel 10"x12".