The straight forward arrangement that I typically use to present the objects in my paintings has often made me think about laboratory specimens. Putting this lone tomato in a sealed jar heightens that impression. I like it. It makes the tomato seem very important, maybe even dangerous. Sold
I think I had something else in mind to paint this morning but this little perfume bottle near my wife's bathroom sink caught my eye. I was attracted to the simple shape and the way the small amount of perfume seemed to glow.
In this warm weather bananas get brown very quickly. Putting them under a light to paint only speeds up the process. I had to work pretty fast on this one. It kept me from beating it to death. I'm pretty happy with it.
I don't eat things like this any more. I bought these cookies just to paint them. I wanted to do an arrangement of black, white and grey. It was interesting and fun to paint. I ended up eating the cookies and milk afterward and that was fun too. I have found, however, that, against all reason, I prefer to eat my cookies "prison style", that is with water instead of milk. Sold
This painting is a complete departure from what I normally do on this blog. It's a made up cityscape that I painted from a variety of references. I'm painting a very large mural for a friend's restaurant and I needed to do a color study to help me figure out how to handle it. Doing a small piece like this really helps me make sense of what's going on in a larger piece even though it will probably change as I paint the mural. It was fun to sort of make things up as I went along for a change. I am too often held captive by what is sitting in front of me.
I had some paint from yesterday's painting left over and I didn't want it to go to waste. The pluot was waiting to be eaten so I cut it, painted it and then ate it. The wet insides of fruit are a real challenge for me. There are a lot of subtle color variations and reflections going on. Some painters seem to pull this kind of thing off effortlessly. It's hard for me and I'm seldom completely satisfied. Sold
I was up visiting my mother a couple of weeks ago with my family. We were all outside enjoying a summer barbeque when all of the dogs (my mom has two, my sister has one and we have one) charged the barn. They were all barking like maniacs and my mom's chickens were appropriately panicked. All the humans gave chase hoping to avert a catastrophe. My mom's two dogs and my sister's were dissuaded with relative ease. Sassy, our Jack Russell terrier ignored us all. She cornered a hen between the barn and a fence. I was the closest to the scene but on the wrong side of said fence. Feathers were flying everywhere. I was sure my little mutt was about to commit murder. I yelled at her and kicked the fence in a panic. Amazingly, she dropped the chicken and ran back down to the house. I looked at the pile of feathers Sassy had pulled from the poor hen and thought nothing could survive that trauma but when we found the chicken in question she was just fine. It was even hard to see where the feathers were missing. I grabbed a few intending to paint them later. This is one of them. Sold
The life cycle of a star thistle is interesting to me. They start life as soft, sort of pale plants. When they mature they are all points and angles with a lovely but dangerous looking blossom. It's just awful to have to walk through a field of them on a hot summer day. When their season ends and they all die, they become grey and brittle. I've said before that they remind me of bones. Centaurea solstitialis is the name of the species that grows around here. They're an invasive species originally from the Mediterranean region. Acording to Wikipedia they currently dominate over 18 million acres in the United States alone, and it's toxic to horses. Sold
I like painting portraits. They are a real challenge. So far, I'm the most patient and available model that I have access to. My son has agreed to sit for me but it's been hard to catch him in the mood.
It's fun for me to see the difference in distortion caused by an empty glass versus a full glass. When a glass is full it becomes like a lens and it creates all kinds of interesting changes to the objects behind it. Sold
I had somr trouble with my camera on this one so I ended up posting it pretty late. I've got to make sure the battery is charged in the future. This eggplant is also from the farmer's market. I like the long stem and the widow's peak. Sold
We went to the farmer's market in Sacramento today. It's underneath the freeway out of the sun. There is an amazing variety of localy grown produce there. I bought some peaches as well as some other interesting items to paint and eat. Sold
I always like it when I can find a bell pepper with a nice prominent stem. In these red bell peppers the stems are always much brighter than I anticipate. They contrast very nicely with the pepper itself. Sold
I like eating these and I like painting them. They're about $3.50 a pound and worth every penny. The dull green background that's been showing up lately is a faded tee shirt of mine. I really like the color. It works well with a lot of different subjects. Sold
I did this painting up at my mom's house. Today was my birthday and I spent it playing ping pong and frolicking at the American River. I did this painting after we got back from the river. We got home at about 11:30. It was a great day. Sold
This is a nice time of year for produce. Pretty much everything I see looks paintable. This half grapefruit is no exception. I was thinking about this painting routine that I've developed and I realized a couple of things. I wasn't really painting before I started doing this. I might demo something in my classroom or do some lettering (sign painting) on a weekend but that was pretty much it. I kept thinking that these little paintings would lead to something more ambitious but it turns out I'm quite content to do them as an end in themselves. It's very satisfying to finish a piece and having a deadline each day serves as a sort of fail-safe that usually keeps me from overworking things. It's fun. •sold
I am an artist living in Northern California. In 1993 I graduated from
U.C. Davis where I took classes from Wayne Thiebaud, Dave Hollowell and Roy DeForest. I currently teach art at Chana High School in Auburn California. On this blog I have posted 1000 paintings in as many days. I took a break from that strict schedule for a couple of years but since the beginning of 2014 I have been completing one small painting on a daily basis. The practice of completing a painting a day suits my disposition and aesthetic. I have also found that modeling this sort of daily practice for my students is important. I am making these paintings available on ebay. Thanks for stopping by and check back often if you like what you see.