Justin #2

The is is Justins 3rd pose with use. It’e His third pose ever.. He’s a great model it turns out. He hold a pose for a half hour and gets right back in after a break. Long distinct features and a unique look. This pose is a serpentine hind of thing. Resting back on a stool in extension. Foreshortening, backlit, and the changing lighting condition of a pose over three sessions. 

It’s not finished very much to do but I very much like the direction. For over a year now I’ve been trying to understand the Sloan Triangular color wheel. The concepts of semi-neutrals and hues produced by using the triangular configuration. I and starting to get it enough to apply a bit of the knowledge on the fly. 


Justin #2 Wip  30 x 24 o/c 2017

Justin #2 Wip  30 x 24 o/c 2017

A New Pear

A little addition to my collection of ‘Kitchen Art’ paintings a colorful and yummy Bartlett.  

Pear 6 x 6 oil on panel 2017.  

Pear 6 x 6 oil on panel 2017.  

Justin in the studio

The past few weeks we painted Justin standing In Johan's studio. Everything about the pose was terrific. The gesture, the light. the environment and Justin's unique body expression. This is a departure point for me. I started this painting not drawing but blocking in the masses with a biggish 1 1/2 inch varnish brush. Its a 24 x 30 canvas. Over three weeks I worked up to the drawing. I't a bit unfinished but I like that. There are a few things, direct light, reflected light planes. When I get to it.


Justin. First new model in 2 years!

First week finding the pose with sketching . Week 2 a couple of hours of painting. 

Justin is a first time model. He's a natural. His body is long and limber. He can hold the psi for a long time.  

One more painting session in 2 weeks. Maybe a little fussing in between. 


Apple with blue Border

The return of 'food art'. With the garden providing so many subjects this summer I've returned to paint food object. I thought I'd tune up with this apple. More to come. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, zucchini bread. 

Apple with Blue Border   oil on panel 6 x 6   2017

Apple with Blue Border  
oil on panel 6 x 6   2017

Slack Tide

A modern day tender on a morning slack tide.  Years ago when I started paying attention to and painting these casual little work boats they were made of wood. Mostly plywood things. Some were more elaborate but most were simple. The served one purpose. Get the lobsterman to his boat then hang about until it master needs to get back to dry land. This is a modern plastic tender. Inexpensive purely functional. Even still in the right light a charming object.  

Slack Tide. Oil on linen 9 x 12. 2017

The cookie jar

This is a painting of the Cookie Jar. The cookie jar that sat on the kitchen counter while I was growing up. We didn't have a lot but we did have cookies. My mother was a fabulous baker. The cookie jar was always full. Oatmeal, molasses , wheaties, chocolate chip, sugar, all kinds of wonderful made from scratch cookies.I can see that little knotty pine kitchen with the latch cabinets and covered cake dish. Where there was always a freshly made cake.

Recently I was cleaning out a shed and found it full of a clan of mice living in the at cookie jar. Eggh! I 'washed it out good', popped insome freshly cut Peonies and painted it on a 12 x 9 rough canvas.

A finished sketch really. Just enough to write the story of Ma's cookie jar.

Ma's Cookie Jar with Peonies 12 x 9 oil on canvas 2017

Ma's Cookie Jar with Peonies 12 x 9 oil on canvas 2017

Weaving a winter tale.

Skinners Falls is a river landmark along the Upper Delaware. A quiet pool transitions to a fast run and drop. Slush ice doesn't build up here. Is grows here and collects downstream. This interpretation of Skinners, named after the early log rafting pioneer, is a favorite summer haunt. In winter is is the home of Eagles.

Skinners in Winter  20 x 20 oil on linen

Skinners in Winter  20 x 20 oil on linen