Friday, March 27, 2009

Mixed, Up, Confusion (SOLD)

".....if the work speaks for itself, don't interrupt"
. We're in the big time now, Jack. We're not just a couple of macho men from the flea market."Rico Suave
Oil on canvas 24"X16" (SOLD)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Nuclear Sheep (SOLD)

Here is a better shot.
More sheep on Bitter Lake. If a photographer saw how I photographed this he would shrug his shoulders and walk away.
Oil on canvas 24"X12" (SOLD)

Honky Tonk Chicken (SOLD)

I chased this rooster around the barnyard on Bitter Lake.
Oil on linen 14"X14"
this painting is sold.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Whalebone Junction (SOLD)

She deserved a better board. I turned the board around and added a local surf shop's logo. The Jolly Roger with eye patch and surfboard cross arms.Whalebone Surf Shop. Named after Whalebone Junction. A whale once washed up at the intersection of US Highway 64 and NC Highway 12 (The Beachroad). Thus the name whalebone. Way Rad, Dude!
oil on canvas 16"X16"
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This painting is sold.

Friday, March 20, 2009

One size fits all (SOLD)

It won't be long before these little ocean front bungaloos meet the wrecking ball or the Atlantic Ocean. I don't know the name of this complex. I will find out the name. If you know, tell me. Nag's Head? Virginia Dare Trail. aka (The Beach Road) Oil on canvas 24"X12"
This painting is sold.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Call your mother (on Bitter Lake) (SOLD)

Here is what I did to it.
More of those sheep on Bitter Lake. The only white is the white of the canvas. I like it so far, but adding white to color is the turning point. I would say that I have the composition pretty close, and the tones seem as good as I know how to make them. Color should only enhance what I have so far. At least that's what suppose to happen. Thanks for looking.
oil on canvas 24"X12"
this painting is sold.

Rooster Face

These birds are a blast to paint. I do feel that there is also a challenge in these birds. I don't use any reference material. That's my excuse for having so much fun! There is a party every day in Rick Nilson's studio.
oil on canvas 8"X10" $85+S&H

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Trigger Fish

This is a stuffed triggerfish that is suspended from the ceiling fan next to my easel. My bathroom door has a stained glass transom. Oil on linen 14"X12"in mixed media. What a set of choppers. I realized that if I had to explain to you what was happening here, well then, what was the point?Not for sale

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stupid Dog

I tried to give this guy a "pastey skinned sunburned slack muscled" look. I was going for a look of contempt in both figures. I added the dog. Odd, painting the dog took all of 1 minute, and then I stood back and smiled. Oil on linen 14"X14"
this painting is no longer available

Monday, March 9, 2009

Autonomus Crab

The scientific name for blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) translates to "tasty beautiful swimmer"
Oil on linen 20"X20"

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Summer House (on coming from grey) (SOLD)

This is an under painting. I find it is easier for me to control the paint if I start with a grey scale such as this and then add color. I think it has something to do with my training using markers. If a painting is as complex as this, adding white too soon, for me, is like inviting certain failure. I have probably washed away more paint than I have put on this piece thus far. I think this is a distinct advantage that linen has over canvas when using oil paints, and for me represents the biggest difference between oil and acrylic paint. The process of painting that I use is probably the brand of a studio painter, as opposed to painting on site. The next time I paint on site, however, I will do a line sketch with markers on paper to establish the composition and the contrasts before I begin painting. I read this in a Kevin McPhearson's book. I have been working with the oils more of late because it seemed better suited for painting outdoors. The type of painting that I have been doing in oils, of coming from grey to color,(shown above) as opposed to coming from color to the correct shades and intensity of color, was brought to my attention by Mike Rooney. (It made sense to me at the time),but I did not distinguish myself as that type of painter. I realized later that he was describing my style of painting. I don't know if this makes any sense to you. If it does or doesn't you owe yourself a painting demonstration or a workshop with Mike. I learned a lot of interesting things about other ways of painting from Mike. I welcome every opportunity to talk smart with other artists. Hey, it works for me! He has a lot of video's here Jerry'sArtaRama Check out his free stuff and his cd's.
Oil on stretched linen 14"X14" (SOLD)



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