Monday, July 27, 2015

Short Stack


This painting was completed for Saratoga Arts  10 x 10 = 100  2015 Summer Exhibition in honor of the City of Saratoga Spring's Centennial celebration. The show runs from August 1 - September 26, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 1 from 5 - 7pm. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bookshelf Days 5 & 6

Yesterday I worked on this painting, but didn't post, so today I'm posting for two days worth the almost completed painting. I'm taking a few days off and then I'll look at it with fresh eyes. Next time I'll tweak whatever needs fixing and then put it away for a show in September. I hope whoever was following along enjoyed watching how this painting progressed and is inspired to do their own big painting.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bookshelf Day 4

This past weekend I didn't paint because my drawing wasn't clear, so I tidied it up. Today I got back to painting and almost completed half of the third shelf. The thing that holds this painting together (I think), and is a new thing for me, is that I've used the paint from my palette that I've collected into a pile at the end of the day and used it to mute other colors. 
For those who think that posting progress shots of a painting is intimidating because it might not work out, I say do it if you want to and if it doesn't work, explain why. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bookshelf Day 3

Every day, when I get more done on this painting, I feel more comfortable. In actuality, I'm having fun. It's just developing on its own and the painting tells me in which direction to go. That may sound crazy, but I have a feeling it's not that uncommon.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bookshelf Day 2

An artist friend asked where is the center of interest in your painting? That was a great question. I'm figuring it out and have some ideas, but I don't want to give away too much yet. I thought it would be fun to post my progress. If anyone has any painting tips to help the viewer's eye move around the canvas or create a focal point, l'd like to know. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I recently saw the movie Interstellar. I enjoy sci-fi movies and particularly the ones with a strong science base. I thought the idea of painting a bookshelf reminiscent of the one in the movie would be interesting, no ghosts but a lot of great authors. This is the preliminary drawing.

Summer Shows at Beekman Artist Studios

New Works @ Beekman
Beekman Artist Studios
79 Beekman Street
Saratoga Springs, NY
A new show every other Friday from 6-8 PM.
July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21 and Sept. 4

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The National Bottle Museum

20 Oakroom Artists will be showing at The National Bottle Museum from July 24th - Sept. 18th. For more info on hours and location visit their site or call the number listed here:
The National Bottle Museum
76 Milton Avenue
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
(518) 885-7589

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Farmers' Market Bread Line

This dog was content to take in the sights while his human stood on the artisan bread line at the Sunday farmers' market. I don't paint a lot of clothes and I'm happy with how the pants came out.