In other news, I finished this little commissioned pet portrait for a dear collector, over the weekend...
8" x 8'
watercolor on clayboard
Wishing you all a lovely and productive start to your week! Thank you for coming by.
It's been a busy week of painting. I've been juggling a few paintings this week including this one. It's an 8" x 8" of a farm that's just up the road from me. I actually love this time of year . . . the bare trees, patches of snow and the hope of spring.
I hope you all had a lovely week. Enjoy your weekend!
I like to describe my process as "building a painting." As evident in the above images, my paintings evolve through layers and details, working broad to specifics. I have always worked a composition in its entirety from start to finish, so that I can compare values and shapes throughout the process rather than completing one little area at a time. At present, I'm interested in incorporating temperature and value into the early stages of my future paintings like I did in this one in a more systematic way. I've been striving to invoke more artistic intention into my renderings while giving my body of work more unity. I'm hoping to have stumbled upon something good. We'll see. You know what they say about the best of intentions . . . ha!
"Sconset Rooftops" - work in progress
8" x 8"
watercolor on clayboard
While working on a couple of commissions (that I will share soon), my mind was wandering to trying a different approach to painting. I've been a longtime fan of the grisaille (and experimented a while back with some sepia monotone paintings) and so I decided to experiment with a sepia value underpainting (along with some hints toward temperature) as a way to begin my next watercolor. I like what I've got so far.
Have a lovely start to your week.
I'm throwing it back today to a little painting I did called "The Reliables." It's a simple painting depicting a small collection of brushes in sepia. I loved doing these little studies, honoring my a few of my favorite reliable workhorses: three Silver Black Velvet watercolor brushes along with a few cheapo watercolor/acrylic flats, perfect for lifting pigment. This painting is still available. It measures 8" x 8" and comes framed as shown. If you are in the area of Ware, Massachusetts, you can also view and purchase it in person at Workshop 13's "Artworks" Gallery at 69 Main Street. This painting won't be available for shipping until after March 1st.
In other news, the Artworks gallery recently changed its exhibits and this month prominently features the beautiful ceramic sculptures of Juliet Bacchas. She will be hosting a reception on Saturday, February 2nd from 5pm - 7pm at the gallery. Hope to see you there!
While I whittle away at my commissions, I thought I would share a new line of prints that I'm rolling out. I had been using an online source for the past year that hadn't really yielded much in the way of sales and I wasn't thrilled about not always knowing the quality of the reproductions, so I decided to do a little homework and offer my own "print-on-demand" service. From now on I'll be working with a local printer and handling the distribution in-house. I researched three different frame styles and decided on the following three to compliment the various paintings while allowing some flexibility to customers hoping to match their varying home decor.
Each giclee will be printed on fine art paper and each order will be framed under non-glare acrylic glazing that is more lightweight than traditional glass and is easier to ship. At this time each print is only offered in its original size. Because every order will be printed upon demand and custom framed, please allow a few weeks for shipping. I think these prints are a high-quality, lovely way to introduce fine art into your home at a fraction of the cost of an original painting.
I also have smaller, less expensive options available as well. To view all my available prints to date, please visit my print page under "shop" or click here.
Thank you for indulging me in my shameless self-promotion . . . and ya'll have a great day!
I hope you had a restful weekend and take a little time today to reflect on all that is good and how we can all make things better through little acts of kindness. We're all in this together.
Halloooo! I have two new paintings up for sale. My plan for 2019 is to complete & post 1 small painting per week. I'm trying to get into my new groove, so bear with me.
Thus far I've completed these two. They are both 6" x 6" - watercolor on clayboard. I am presently awaiting their frames so these prices reflect each painting in a slim black floater frame. If you click the shop button you can get a closer look and see what they look like framed. If you order now, you'll have them by Valentine's Day . . . I'll let you know when they're ready to ship.
In other news, I'm working on a couple of commissions that I'll be able to share next month and I also have some small works and a couple large ones going as well. It's a joy to be so busy!
Have a great day!