A portrait swap!

This is a painting of Josh Bills. Part of a portrait swap we are doing on my artist forum. OpenStudio. Learning to Paint Realism with Oils

 Josh Bill oil on linen panel 18 x 12 2018

Josh Bill oil on linen panel 18 x 12 2018

There are 4 pairs of painters. Each painting the other from photographs provided. There are to objectives in this challenge. First assuring that a good photograph is provided and understood. Second objective is managing value and color focusing on spectral color.

I added to my personal challenge by selecting Geneva Paint as my palette. Geneva is a more liquid self leveling paint with a slow drying formula, I started by mixing my 12 color pallet from Ultramarine Blue, Cad Yellow and Pyrrole Rubine. Then mixing set of tertiary semi-neutrals.


The painting got it’s start as a half size touch painting on paper. I worked out rough color, value and likeness. I tried to get a handle on the Geneva and groused a lot. The color is good but it hard to handle the paint with an expressive brush.

 sketch 9 x 6 on Strathmore oil paper

sketch 9 x 6 on Strathmore oil paper

I made a outline “master” from the painted sketch. I projected to sketch to the final canvas. A panel I had made with Raphael linen on wood panel. I had to make a lot of corrections to the features. The Painting took over a week because off the slow dry characteristic of the Geneva paint. It would have been 3 or 4 days using Lukas paints.

It is still not finished. Some spots are still wet. Very wet. Need to do a little glazing. All in all I happy with the painting and the experience.

 Palette at the end showing tertiary neutrals and mixes

Palette at the end showing tertiary neutrals and mixes

Waxing nostalgic

Cleaning out some draws to make room for stuff that I’ll clean out in a few years for more stuff. I found these. From my days on Beacon Hill at Kennedy Studios. Primo’s was around the corner. I did these and a lot more in trade for food. Yummy. I had a lot of fun those days. Too much fun if that’s possible. I was a cartoonists working in the alternative newspaper scene. Mostly for the Real Paper. Sometimes for the Boston Phoenix, the dark side.

Here is a Phoenix piece.

We just returned from vacation

The show was a success. Our vacation was good though we both suffered from bronchitis requiring a visit to urgent care . We did get out to Monhegan Island. A very serine place. Not being up to a hike we shopped around a bit had a magical scone then lunch at the big hotel. Very nice. When we started lunch it was hot and humid. We walked out into what can only be called a sea change. Much cooler and drier.

Sea change...  iPhoneX

This was the first thing I saw when I walked out. I dropped my bags and grabbed my iPhone and shot this. The always unique Monhegan light combined with a shining sea reflecting the incoming cold front. This simple image captures. the stark beauty of Monhegan Island. And may I add the exceptional camera in the iPhoneX.

Of course I packed my painting gear as always and didn't paint a thing. This year I had an excuse.

A bigger take on Kitchen Art

My paintings of food have been mostly little. 9 x 12, 6 x 8 or 6 x 6. Fun little expressions. Excuses to fool around with paint. While looking at  a 30 x 40 canvas I had hanging around I got the idea to painting a big piece of fruit on this canvas. I've painted pairs of pears many time over the years so I went back to that comfortable story.

 Pairs  oil on canvas 30 x 40 2018

Pairs  oil on canvas 30 x 40 2018

Upcoming Summer Group Show


For the past three plus years I have been painting every week at Johan Sellenraad's studio with Johan and Judith Reeve. Other artists will often join us but the three of us have painted most every week from the beginning. Over that time we've had six or eight different models. For the past 2 years our model has been Catherine. 

We have formed a sort of collaboration. Sharing ideas on color, style and composition. We each have a different style to our work. We influence each other through selection of pose to the mood of the sessions. I have been strongly influenced buy both Judith and Johan. Johan has changed how I attack the canvas with the influence of line. Judith has opened my eyes to structured color. One day I'll fit the whole  figure on the canvas;).

This August we are having a show at the Delaware Valley Art Alliance in Narrowsburg, New York . An exhibition of three very different artist's paintings and drawings. Working from one model for over a year.  The show will run from August 17th to September 15th in the Loft Gallery at DVAA. With an Artis's talk on August 21st and DVAA Gallery.

Catherine. Never a bad pose. Always graceful in gesture. Without her there would be no show.

Johan Sellenraad. Eurynome's Revenge '17 48 cx 42 o/c

Judith Reeve. Nude on Gray 18 x 24 o/p

Jim Kingston. Seated Study 24 x 18 chalks on bristol