Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Beginning of a Pumpkin Print

Close-up of a pumpkin print in progress

As you might remember from last week, this image will be a pumpkin on a rock with a fairly calm sea behind it.

In this photo, you can see where the paper has embossed into the block a little. That is where the white lines will be.

Just adding ink and rubbing with a spoon a few gross of times and we'll have a finished print. Maybe by next week. But maybe not.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A few weeks ago...

Close-up of a painting of Measure in progress

This painting was started back in April. The entire painting is 12"x12". This little bit of it represents about a 4"x4" section.

The painting is done now and signed and ready to come back here for its official photograph. Once it dries, newsletter subscribers will see it in their monthly and then I can show it to everyone else.

I am sharing this now because I like remembering how simple these things start - just big shapes and limited colors. It elevates the subject of a puppy gazing down at me wondering if she'll get a treat to a higher level of sophistication.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Just the Sun. A Few Times.

Close-up of a painting in progress

There is a dog in this painting, but not in this view of it. 

Sometimes we enjoy a bright sunrise reflecting on the swirling surface of the ocean.

Even though the water seems to be on fire, I bet it was cold. As we've discussed, the dogs never care about that.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Black Lines for White-lines

Here is the drawing for the next white-line print. It has been transferred to a wooden block and the carving is almost complete. 

Next Wednesday, you should get to see some color, but if you can't wait, here is the reference painted a few years ago on site:

Pumpkin Perch, 20"x16", oil on gessoed board, available

Monday, June 4, 2018

Last Open Studio in Lowell

#334 in the Western Avenue Studio building in Lowell, MA

Last Saturday was the monthly Open Studio in the WAS building in Lowell, MA. It turns out, it was my final Open Studio there.

Leases are renewed in July and I have decided not to stay. The reasons are mostly boring, but the hour drive from New Boston to Lowell is the main one.

It was an educational few weeks. Mostly, I learned that I don't need to go anywhere to create. I like working there - the light is perfect is for painting. But I can make it perfect here too.

Also, it will soon be time to paint more outside and there aren't enough days in the week to paint in Lowell, print in New Boston and plein air paint.

There are still some paintings to finish up there, though, so I won't completely move out for a couple more weeks. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Jump the Waves

Wet Dogs Jump the Waves, oil on canvas, 12"x12"

Here we have the newest Wet Dog Painting. These two crazy pups always raced right into the surf, regardless of the low temperatures. 

There might not even been a ball out there yet - swimming and being wet was always enough.

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