Sunday, February 26, 2017

Painting on wood, 16x20....


Here's a 16 by 20 oil painting I did on wood, still unframed on the easel -- when I took the photo I couldn't avoid getting stuff from the room in the background. It's my depiction of a scene from the Asian garden behind (and part of) Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. My sister and I spent much enjoyable afternoon time sitting here. The street just beyond the garden is Park Drive -- and the front door of the building where I lived for about 16 years, until 1998.
As usual, the image quality and size have been reduced for uploading purposes.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two 8 by 10 oils...


Here are two 8 by 10 oil paintings I finished that depict roses in my sister's yard.
These photos were taken on an easel while they were unframed (my signature was still wet), so there's stuff (furniture, books, etc.) in the background behind the canvases.
As usual, the image quality and size have been reduced for uploading purposes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Still Life....




Here's a couple of photos of a 12 by 24 inch oil painting I did on canvas. It's called "Route 101 Barn Sale, Bedford, New Hampshire".
Because the painting isn't framed yet and the top half is much darker than the bottom, one of the pics is against a lighter background for clarity / visibility (except for all the stuff in the background of the easel and on the table / wall). As usual, the image quality and size have been reduced for uploading purposes....

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Goldie...


Here's a photo of the 10 by 20 inch oil painting I recently completed on canvas. It's based on a 2 by 4 inch section of a photo I took years ago of my horse Goldie in the autumn at a barn where he lived for a dozen of the over 20 years I owned him. The last couple of years of his life -- until he was around his early 30s -- we lived together in Merrimack, NH. 
Before calling this painting finished, I did a lot of work visually balancing the composition to provide detail to attract the viewer's eye, and to reach a point where both at a distance and close up it conveys what I wanted to capture: the image of a much loved companion in peaceful contemplative repose surrounded by glorious New England fall foliage.
R.I.P., Goldie -- I'm thankful for the great memories and having had such a good friend that I still love very much.
I took this photo of the unframed painting on an easel, so the stuff in the background is just books, furniture, etc. As usual, the image quality and size have been adjusted for uploading purposes....


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Fourth of four...


Here's the fourth -- and last -- part of a project I finished which was completing four 11 by 14 oil painting versions of small 6 by 6 inch ones I made a couple of years ago (that were sold at an Animal Rescue League benefit). Here's the fourth, unframed, still on the easel (pardon the distracting background...). The other three have been posted previously.
Other projects I currently have in the works are a couple of paintings that will be on elongated rectangular canvases: one will probably have a lot of blue in it, and the other will probably have a lot of orange. I'm also working on some ideas for an interior and a couple of outside scenes that might be painted on board.
As usual, the image quality and size have been adjusted for uploading purposes.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Portrait of Derick's Sam...




Here's a photo of an 11 by 14 oil portrait I recently completed of a dog named Sam. Sam's owner Derick is so kind and generous that he adopted Sam from a no-kill charitable animal rescue organization, and got this portrait for being the high bidder in the same rescue's fundraising auction.
I took this photo of it while it's still on the easel, unframed (the background stuff behind the canvas is just books, furniture, etc., in the room). As usual, I've re-sized the image and adjusted the quality for uploading.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ready or not...

I was determined to upload a photo of this painting by the end of the year (today), finished or not. I didn't have as much time as I planned since Christmas to work on it, mostly on account of snow piling up. I signed it today and think I'm ready to call it done.
In terms of square inches, it's the largest painting I've posted: 18 by 18 inches (the largest until now has been 16 by 20). It's an oil still life showing an assortment of my personal belongings, including the top of a quilt I sewed together visible behind the fans and under the tiles (yes, one of the fabrics has dragonflies).
I titled this painting "Luck, Chance, Fate". That's especially appropriate since the same day I got this canvas -- the first time I acquired one of this size -- on my way home with it I brought my sister's trash to the transfer station, and in the "Swap Shop" at the dump I found a frame for an 18 inch square picture, free for the taking. It just seemed right for me to scoop it up, since I had the blank canvas in the car with me at the time.
I'm reminded of words attributed to S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1964 to 1984: "An urban society needs two institutions to deal with non-functional objects: the sanitation department and the museum".
The frame may no longer have been functional for the person who disposed of it, but I intend to get some use out of it.
I took this photo of it while it's still on the easel, unframed (the background stuff behind the canvas is just books, furniture, etc., in the room). As usual, I've re-sized the image and adjusted the quality for uploading.
In the words of Rainer Maria Rilke 1875-1926): "And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."