Not sure where to start, I’ve been painting a lot. Trying to get a bunch of new work to one of my galleries. They always want new work, even if they haven’t sold the old work. Oh well, we do what we can. I’ve also just completed a week long paint-out here in Winter Park Fl and am gearing up for the Carmel Art Fest in a week. One of my galleries is reformatting and has returned a bunch of work, so now I can’t move in my space. I’m overstocked. I’ll get to the Winter Park paint-out in a post or two. Here’s a painting I finished a while back, it’s a 30×30, I posted a pic of the sketch in in my little dissertation about drawing and perspective a few posts back. I’m experimenting more with tone, color and surface in this series of boat paintings for my gallery in Vero. She’s had pretty good luck with these and I like doing them so what the hell. For some reason, every time I start a new series of paintings I have to do something new. I guess I just want to keep learning and trying new things. My work shifts in little ways here and there but, I think still has a nice consistency about it. At least I hope so. An inconsistent body of work leads to confusion from the point of view of the buyer.
Here’s a companion piece to it, the notion for a set of paintings came from my gallery, apparently buyers sometimes like to buy things in sets… who knew. About the closest I ever got to that was a couple who secretly bought paintings from me to give to the other for their anniversary. This painting was an exercise in value, color and brushwork. I wanted to keep it really tight in value, no darks. let the subtlety of the color do the work. Also there’s some work with split compliments, where you put a color notes split compliment either under the color or next to it, if they are same or similar values, it makes for color vibration. And that my friends is what it’s all about. good vibrations.
Next up is this painting, a 30×40 companion to one she already has. I was also thinking that sometimes I work too hard on these and the bigger and broader these big ones are the better. So, this was an exercise in editing. Big strokes of color. You know what they say, a little exercise never hurt anyone.