Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lemons in Pink Bowl

The focal point of this painting is the lemon on the left. It has the greatest value contrast. The shadows are anchored on three sides. I started this painting by thinking about color combinations and by laying out different objects. Once I decided on the setup, I worked on a drawing and then adjusted it to improve the composition. Seems like a lot of work, it was.  For the last three months, I've participated  in Sarah Sedwick's Online Mentorship Program to work on my drawing and painting skills. Tomorrow is my last day with her. I'll miss her. I strongly endorse Sarah because she is committed to her students and their success and she's a really nice person.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Art and Photography Festival at Lion's Park 2018

Join me and enjoy!
 The Art and Photography Festival In Lion's Park at the Niskayuna Train Station.
 this Saturday, May 26 (10-4pm)
A juried exhibit.
A promise of fine art and beautiful scenery.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


I've been working on my drawing skills. In the drawing below I followed the form with my hatch marks and kept it loose. In the painting above I kept the placement of my objects in the same location as in the drawing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Orange Slices

Orange Slices on Purple Cloth. My goal was to lead the viewer’s eye into this composition with a shaft of light between the two orange slices on the left.

This was a sketch I did before the painting. I'm new to sketching on tan paper. There is "value" in doing a preliminary sketch and "value" in using toned paper. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Green Apples on Blue Plate

I went back into this painting the next day to darken some shadow areas, lightened and warmed up the table in front, created lost edges and painted over the drawing lines seen between objects. This made a difference in creating a more finished piece.