Saturday, August 30, 2014

Harvest Season

Though I'm not too fond of what follows it, I do love Fall, and look forward to its arrival in just a few weeks. Cooler temperatures allow for more activity — not that I've had an idle summer, by any means!
I've spent time this year in Florida, Georgia, Santorini, Cape Cod, Maine, and Plum Island. I've taken hundreds of reference photos that will come in handy when I'm hibernating in the studio this winter. Here's one, in progress, from sunny Santorini, Greece. Oil on wood panel.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Something from something else

I just changed the photos on my Facebook page. The little profile picture is the subject of today's blog. After a recent visit to the historic canals in Lowell, MA and the mills that have long stood beside the waterways, I made an oil painting of a scene there that caught my eye.

Later, after taking a casual photo of that painting and trying to figure out what I liked and didn't like about the way it turned out, I cropped out this small section from the lower right-hand corner of the painting (using Photoshop). If it were on canvas and not a cradled wood panel, I'd probably get out the scissors and toss all but this little piece.

What I WILL do, is use this as as a starting point for a completely new painting. Ahhh, the never-ending journey of an artist!

The corner:

The whole painting (unfinished here):