On Easter Sunday we went to see a production of "The Grapes of Wrath" at Zachary Scott Theater. Of course I had sketchbook in hand. At one point my friend elbowed me because she could hear my pen moving...it was a quite moment in the play.
This is from my watercolor sketchbook. This is a compositional study for a pastel painting. I wanted to play around with it in watercolor before I took the plunge in pastel. I may play with a larger version in watercolor or oil later on. This is from the botanical garden we found in Fort Bragg. California.
I'm almost finished with this one. I'm letting it marinate a little. This was inspired by a photo I shot when I first arrived in Boston from Providence, Rhode Island. This stand was set up near the Government Center "T" stop. I like the looseness of it and part of me wants to say finished.
These are sketches from my small moleskin sketchbook that I did on Easter Sunday. We stopped by Threadgill's on Riverside and had a bite to eat. Afterwards we headed over to Zachary Scott Theater to see The Grapes of Wrath. A well done performance.
This painting was inspired by the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood. It was completed in 1998. Today I thought of it and decided to post it. The people in the painting are family. The woman is my stepfathers aunt, her husband and 2 of their 3 children. In the Grant Wood painting the woman is Woods sister and the man is his dentist.
America Got Me 20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.7cm) Oil on Canvas $400 plus $20 shipping and handling in the US E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.
When in a relationship with an artist the partner has to have a thick skin because we constantly sketch them. This is one of many sketches of my partner and her surroundings. The interior is a scene in her dining room and the flower is from her yard.
This was in the beginning a value study I attempting during a workshop with Desmond Ohagan. I tried but just didn't get what he was trying to tell me. After throwing this aside I added the color. I have since painted this larger (27 by 21). I will post that piece soon. The top image is the result of about 3 hours work. I was trying to establish my dark pattern.
At times I can't tell which came first the chicken or the egg. That is demonstrated here with this posting. The bottom version is where I started with this piece. The top is where I currently am. I almost can't tell the difference between them. This was inspired by a photo taken during the fog we had in late December of last year. I was shooting from my car and I was late for work that day. Fog is so very beautiful to me.
This is yet another small painting that I'm considering for an upcoming show. I was at a stop light in downtown Austin when this person walked out in front of me. I grabbed my recorder and recorded him crossing the street. I loved his hat and cane plus older people have always interested me. Something I inherited from my mom.
The bottom sketch is a compositional study I executed prior to painting the first pastel study. I plan on a larger piece maybe in pastel and/or watercolor. This inspired by a photo taken in the theater district of Boston.
The top posting is the finished painting. I tried to clean and clear up some buildings in the background. I sought to define the foreground image a little better. I also tried to have the reflection in the gutter water read more like a reflection. Those were my goals. Its up to your eye to determine if I achieved them.
Boston Stalking 6" x 6" (15.3cm x 15.3cm) Pastel on paper $75 plus $9 shipping and handling in the US E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.
The top version is currently where I am with this piece. A part of me thinks the first version should have been left alone. However, I know that anxiety is a part of the painting and learning process. The bottom version seems to read better for me. Oh well onward.
This is another painting in my series of small paintings for an upcoming show. I'm doing a number of them and I expect to eventually pick two for the show. This was inspired by a photo of a young man in Boston walking around the Chinatown area and checking his PDA for messages.
Multitasking 6" x 8" (15.3cm x 20.4cm) Pastel on Paper $125 plus $9 shipping and handling in the US E-mail me for International shipping rates or other inquiries.
This lady sat up and to the left of me during my flight home from Columbus, Ohio. It took about 5 minutes ( not the flight) to complete. I use roller ball pens so they move very quickly across the paper. She also was quite absorbed by the magazine as such, not a lot of movement on her part.
I'm currently working on a number of small paintings for an upcoming show sponsored by the Austin Pastel Society. I haven't finished yet but I like to mood I'm trying to emulate. This was inspired by a photo I took in Boston a few years ago. When I shoot photos in the city I tend to focus a lot on the solitary figure. Someone who doesn't know that they are being noted.