Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Menemsha Trail Progress

Ocean Tree at Clay Cliffs of Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard (no.12)

7"x7"x1", oil on masonite panel


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This is how it would look framed (actual painting does not include frame):

This is still life #12 in my attempt at an ongoing "Painting A Day" challenge inspired by the likes of Duane Keiser and Abbey Ryan.  It was taken from a collection of still lifes and landscapes set in Martha's Vineyard over the summer.  This was during our stop at the Clay Cliffs of Aquinna on a day trip to the different areas of MV.  The view was truly breathtaking and the weather was beautiful.  There was a kind of observation platform at the very top where one could get a great bird's eye view of the Aquinna coast and the Gay Head Light House in the distance.  I was almost overwhelmed with all the sights, frantic to catch them all on camera and make sure they were not hastily taken.  I eventually had to just calm down and make sure I was enjoying my present surroundings as much as capturing them for later.  This tree caught my eye hiding out behind one of the old gift shops along the trail.  I thought the sun was hitting the tree beautifully, and the golden mass of reeds and beach grass exuded the essence of the gentle ocean breeze; the silence and solitude of the cliff and the distant sounds of the waves thundering below.  

Back from Martha's Vineyard w/ a slew of inspiration

I got back from Martha's Vineyard a few days ago now so I haven't had any time to post, but I do now, so, I'm posting.  I'm planning on working on some landscapes inspired by the beautiful sights I've taken in intermingled with some still lifes taken at the tiny gingerbread house we stayed at.  This is my first attempt at a traditional landscape in some time.

However, I'm finding myself enjoying landscapes much more than still lifes and will start branching out after Martha's Vineyard paintings.  I guess they are just more emotionally charged to me than the stills I've painted so far, and I genuinely loved painting this scene of a lone beach tree, just starting to be touched by the oncoming fall weather as you can see, I came across in Aquinnah, a southwestern area of the island right near Gay Head Lighthouse.  We stopped here on a daylong bus trip along with Menemsha and Edgartown, where I'll also be painting from.

In painting it I almost feel like I'm reliving it, although I was careful while there to try to stay in the moment and not get wrapped up in capturing the moment for later.  Anyway, it's good to be back and more to come...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just the lemon today

Progress is slow going, I think I will make this a longer project while concentrating on other "one-a-day"s simultaneously.  Barely started the lemon before I had to start packing, oh well.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Origami Swan and Lake Monagnoc (no.10)

6"x6"x1", oil on masonite panel

One of a set of 2 small still lifes of origami swans taken from our trip to our friend's beautiful lake house in NH, 2nd one almost done.  Definitely more color than I'm used to, but I guess that's why I'm doing this in the first place!  It feels good to temporarily break from my usual muted palette and pump up the jam, if you will, with a whole slew of different, vibrant pigments. 

This was originally going to be on sale in a set of 2, but my girlfriend, who expertly crafted the swan itself, didn't want it to leave us, so she is now the rightful owner. SORRY AMERICA!

This past week has been busy and it's been difficult to keep up, but I am trying to compensate this week.  The second origami is almost ready to post, and more to come...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ceramic Black and Yellow Sugar Bowl (no.8)

7"x7"x1", oil on masonite panel


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