February 28, 2019

Connie Morella Library Exhibit, Bethesda

I'm  the featured artist at Connie Morella Library, Bethesda MD this month -- you can check out the exhibit at 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda.   The paintings on display are paintings of Montana, Metro  escalators and NYC.

Lone Mountain Oil Sketch

I am headed back to Montana to do some painting, and to get my head in the right place, painted a little sketch in oil of Lone Mountain.  It's the ski hill that looms over Big Sky.

February 22, 2019

Dog Portrait Commission

I had a dog portrait commission that was given as a surprise gift this month. Today I got to see a photo of it in its new home!

February 13, 2019

From Study to Larger Painting of Montana - updated!

work in progress
final painting
I did the small painting months ago and now I've taped it to my easel so I can use it as a reference for the creation of a larger painting.

The study was done in oil paint on multimedia artboard, which is a resin and paper product that doesn't absorb paint.   Working now on canvas, I'm struck by how much more building is required to get a depth of paint and color.

That said, I like the study's narrower range of values --  having been tempted to have greater contrast, I can see now that the next thing I have to do is reduce the contrast and get back to the balance of values that I liked in the study.

The mountains in the study are in purples and blues.  I'd started out the painting with those colors, repainted in a range of greens... and now I think I want the purples and blues back.  Stay tuned.