August 10, 2016

Spit

Oil on panel
6" x 8"
2016

This little guy is the late, great Spit.   I have owned a tabby or two in my lifetime and have always been fascinated by the myriad of color variations of their coat.  Sometimes cool, sometimes warm, depending on the light, it can be a challenge to capture in paint.  I really pushed the paint on this piece, often using a dry brush technique to grind into the gessobord (yes that's how Ampersand spells it) panel.  He has a rather ghostly appearance, coming out of the shadow chiaroscuro style, which is apropos since he has recently ascended to the heaviside layer.

"Mike"

 
Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
6" x 6"
2014

I experimented with scale with this piece.  The painting is of Mike, the dearly departed tabby that belonged to my friend Ellen.  It is amazing how much presence this panel has for it's diminutive size.  His countenance can be felt from across the studio.

I'm not sure why this painting of Mike popped up here as I painted him in 2014.  I was going through my blog making corrections and I guess I moved him on up.  I suppose he just wanted to be seen again.  Ironically, I have just finished a painting of a tabby.

July 29, 2016

"One Hon Bar Oyster"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand gessobord panel
6" x 8"
2015


This little guy slipped through the cracks and has never been posted.  He has been sitting on my mantle for over a year.  I have been enjoying his company but his wanderlust is palpable.  He longs to be admired by others.

July 27, 2016

"Pemaquid oyster, shell and lemon"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 8"
2016


I realize that I have said this a thousand times before but I am going to try and be more faithful in posting to my blog.  Hmmm, why did Yoda's words just pop into my head?  "Do or do not, there is no try." 

July 14, 2016

"Sea Queens"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
6" x 8"
2016

February 8, 2016

"Porgie in a Jam Pot"

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"
2016


 I am sure even my staunchest followers have long given up hope of seeing new work coming out of the studio and posted herein and who could blame them?  No, I haven't hung up my brushes nor have I run off to join the circus.  So what have I been up to since last August?  Well, there were quite a few paintings that just didn't get posted.  More importantly, I have been polishing my shingle and concentrating on my first love, commissioned portraiture.  That has meant more time in the museum and less time in the studio.  Also the studio work has been more experimentation than finished work.  If you're still with me, stay tuned.  Good things are coming.