Saturday, November 22, 2014

Girl from Ipanema

 
have had a few requests to see me (aka Calypso Kid) playing my steel drum.
 
so here's one called Girl from Ipanema.

if its cold where you are right now, I hope the steel drum sounds take you somewhere warm and Caribbean, and you can feel tropical breezes!
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heading to Galleries

 Island Morning- 30x40

 Down From Atlantic-24x36

 North Harbor Morning-30x40

On the Docks-30x40
 
 
Big Brother-24x30
 
email for prices and availability

Monday, November 10, 2014

Jazzin' it up!

had a painting in my inventory for a while and felt like it wasn't bad enough to sand down and paint over so I put it up on the easel and decided to give it a facelift.
 
 here's the original. proof positive that my color sense has changed a lot since I painted this on Sullivans Island several years ago. it was just plain ho-hum boring.

 so I decided to paint cape school underpainting colors over it and try to revive it. brighter blue on the fish house and all the other shapes.

then I painted the more realistic colors over that. now its way more colorful (read: appealing) to me! look at the feeling of light on the grass and in the palms, for instance (compared to the top original image).
 
so don't throw away those paintings that keep finding their way back into your studio. Jazz em up!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On the Docks-30x40


On the Docks- 30x40 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
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ive been painting big paintings here lately and loving it. my quest is for glowing saturated and bold color statements these days! think Wolf Kahn!
 
ever concerned with how underpainting affects the finished product. also more color notes in each shape. its and evolution of sorts. the shimmery water you see in the lower left hand side of the painting is the effect I'm after. the total percentage of this painting that has that "X factor" is way up there, so I'd say I'm happy with the direction my painting is going. still not there in a lot of ways tho'. guess i'll always be saying that huh? 

heres what the underpainting looked like. I know its right when it almost looks done in this "crazy color" stage

Monday, October 27, 2014

On the Docks-12x16

On the Docks- 12x16
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playing with shapes continues. the dock here was the perfect lead in to the painting and sets up the feeling of depth I was after. seeing how abstract I can make things and it still look like a building, boats tied up, or distant trees.

love the light on the front of the house, in contrast to the shadowed side.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Island Morning-30x40


Island Morning
30x40 oil on gallery wrapped canvas
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still stoked about painting ocracoke island, even tho I'm back in surf city.
Playing these days with making the shapes way more colorful and making interesting "shapes within shapes" but trying to make sure they hold together as a unit, from a distance. I like the new direction this is heading.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Key West Light-6x8

$75 plus $10 s/h
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Found this one hiding while cleaning up the studio this week. its a key west plein air I did last year. its just up from Duval Street.
 
to be honest when I can see my breath in the air like I did last night, I get the itch to get down there!. ive got a big season planned down in Key West this winter, with private lessons, a trip to cuba, teaching weekly at TSKW (the islands biggest art center) and last but certainly not last, painting for my show at Gallery on Greene.
 
I also found out where ive stayed for the last several years is not available to me (she's moving off island). if you know of anyone that would like to rent a room to me from December to late April. please email me. I'd be grateful!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Two Diners -SOLD


SOLD

I'm unloading a bunch of paintings that ive had in my studio for quite some time. its time to organize and I just don't have room to keep them around any more, as much as I'd like to. they were studies for much larger paintings. if youre interested email me at rooneystudio@hotmail.com and put the title of the painting in the subject line. free shipping on this one.
 
these two are catching up at their favorite restaurant. I love the color harmonies of orangish reds against the blues!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elizabeth City Splash event


Charleston Color-18x24
if you'd like to purchase email me for price and availability
 
this one was started outside and finished in the studio. when I set up on the street in Charleston I got the drawing done and then the clouds came and blocked out the sun. luckily, my friend (and awesome Charleston painter) hilarie lambert had a photo reference of something sorta close, so I finished it from that. like all the drawing and all the temperature shifts in this one.
 
Just agreed to be part of Elizabeth City NC's Splash Event the week of Nov. 2-9. i'll be one of the artists in residence and will be doing private lessons in the Elizabeth City area that week. so if you're from the Tidewater Virginia area, Outerbanks of NC, or close to E.C. and want to take some plein air lessons from me in this beautiful waterfront town, and hang out with an assortment of artists from all over the place, email me or call 919-920-9718 and let me get you on the calendar.
 take a few hours, half a day, or several half days. $35 per hour (less for half day).
i'll also have paintings for sale on display all thru the week. Looking forward to this event and seeing the whole EC crowd!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a new one on the easel


heres a shot of my 30x40 on the beauport easel in ocracoke. what you see is the setup on the second day with the underpainting on the canvas from day one. unfortunately the clouds got in the way for day two. so I had to paint from memory. I stuck with the strong, direct sunlite I saw the first day. luckily I had tons of painting done and was able to finish it. that's joanne geiselle setting up her easel across the street.
 
i'll show you the finished painting pic, soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ocracoke Shine 24x30


Ocracoke Shine- 24x30
 
Now available at Down Creek Gallery on Ocracoke Island NC
 
This one really shows the new direction my painting has been evolving to in the last six or seven months. everybody is starting to say they see a big shift taking place. 
 
I'm becoming less and less enthralled with copying what I'm actually seeing. these days I seem to want to put my own twist on what I'm seeing and I love pushing around the more saturated color. That's what inspired me to paint this scene. the contrast between the flaming yellow orange fall grass and the deep blues of the water and sky, as well as the red roof of the building in the distance.
 
was able to stop painting when I needed to, to give me the raw energy in the strokes that I wish I had in all my big stuff.
 
Thanks to all my friends that showed up in Ocracoke to paint for the week. they were: Sue Morris, Dan Nelson, Joanne Geisel, Fen Rascoe, and Scott Boyle. You made me laugh, contemplate a lot of things, and really inspired me creatively. It was great fun hanging out with you all, making paintings!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ocracoke Trip


a 22x28 painting on the easel on the waterfront of Ocracoke Island NC. The block-ins with acrylic continue, allowing me to use giant chip brushes to lay in big color notes on these bigger canvases. then I put the oil paint over it that to "tweak" it to the right color, temperature, value, and saturation. The trick is leaving some of the original right out of the tube acrylic, showing in key spots to energize the passage. Still experimenting and pushing myself to see what i can get away with. I like my migration towards more saturated color and looser edges with very accurate drawing. its a journey not a destination thankfully. all I know is it gives me something to wake up in the morning for.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ocracoke Retreat

My buddy Dan Nelson and I had such a ball painting together for a week in June that we decided to do it again and make the group larger. so I rented a house on Ocracoke Island for a week and we split it with four more painting friends. Great comraderie eating, painting, co-miserating and then on the other hand saying how blessed we are to make paintings and have people buy them. IMHO the best affirmation I know of for our craft!
 
I'll be posting all along my progress this week.
 
Below is a newly completed 16x20 from the Ocracoke waterfront
 
 


Workshop News
Don't forget Art of the Carolina's is coming up in november. Dan and I both teach for this annual art supply/workshop convention. Folks come from all over the country to attend and it's well worth coming to Raleigh for if you want to paint better. You can google it to find out whats being taught and the other details.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Seal Cove (maine)-9x12

 
Seal Cove-9x12
 
this painting is headed to my new gallery in maine. email me if you'd like to get it first!
 
A plein air piece from my recent trip to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
this one was fun playing with all the rock shadow colors and trying to catch that glint that happens on the water really late in the afternoon. really like the distant land mass with the sailboat leaning into the wind too.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

when you dont feel like painting

What do you do when you just don't feel like painting? I don't know about you, but I just don't. I used to feel guilty and think, 'man, this is your job, you gotta work'. But as I've been doing this eight years now fulltime, I've learned to listen to what my body, mind, and creative spirit are trying to tell me. Thus the lack of posts here on my blog.

The trip to Maine and Cape Cod seemed like a grueling pace, with a lot of pressure to perform and I think that's the reason for the burnout I experienced when I got back to NC, a few weeks ago. It's been a crazy paced year and I was running on fumes!
So I just worked on my steel drum music and did email stuff, lining up next years workshops. And what about the guilt about not painting. Too satisfied with the knowledge that when I get the itch to paint again, (and I can feel it coming) I'll be rested and happy to create again. Thankfully, guilt doesn't factor into the equation any more.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Seafood Ketch-8x10

 
The Seafood Ketch- Maine
8x10
email me if youre interested in purchasing
 
Did this one after class one day, up in Maine, a few weeks ago. The light's gorgeous at this time of the day. Long shadows, boats and water, and the front side of the building started to light up. what's not to like? 
 
if youre on Facebook (and who's not these days) drop me a friend request. seems I'm on there a lot more than I thought I'd be, posting new paintings. workshop postings, and other good stuff.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mt. Desert Island Workshop

here's a pic of Ineka hard at work. the scenery on Mt. Desert Island is phenomenal. Beautiful harbors and evergreens. Docks and tidal marshes with huge tidal shifts in the 10-13 foot range empty out and fill coves quickly. the colors in august when I held the workshop were super clear unless there was some fog in the morning. It'll usually burn off by 10 or so if there is some around. I don't particularly like to paint foggy scenes. Too monochromatic for my tastes.

Monhegan Island is the next workshop on tap for Maine and it'll be August 2015.

Looking forward to painting in Cuba in December and if you'd like to go, there's a spot or two left, but you'd have to get on the stick. Copies of passports need to be mailed and received in a week or so. Cost is about $4000 for everything. email me if you'd like to go. Guaranteed trip full of memories, this one!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mt. Desert Island Shapes 8x10

Mt. Desert Island Shapes 8x10

Just finished up a weeklong plein air workshop teaching on Mt. Desert Island (Bar Harbor) in northern Maine.
Had a wonderful group of artists stoked on learning and painting.
We painted idyllic Maine harbors full of lobster boats moored near sailboats and yachts. I love the evergreens (firs I think) and rocky coast here.
A ships captain from Massachusetts at the turn of the century, after sailing to Maine for months on end wrote in a letter to his wife, "put a bucket of sand at the head of my grave. Ive seen enough stones for eternity".

My next foray to Maine will be for my Monhegan Island Mentoring workshop next August (the last week).
In that workshop we paint, paint, paint and hang out talking art for hours. Its limited to prior students of mine that are experienced painting outside. There are two critique sessions per day and I give lots of career advice, too. The class is nice and small (6 or 7) for lots of personal attention. If you think you'd be interested let me know ( rooneystudios@hotmail.com ). Only a seat or two left.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lazy Summer Afternoon-9x12

Workshop News
there are still a few spaces left if you want to paint with me for five days in maine! i'll be on Mt. Desert Island (near Bar Harbor) at Acadia Workshop Center first week of September
 
 
Just dropped off at Rowley Gallery, Orleans Cape Cod
contact them at 508-247-0444
 
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Stroll-8x10

Summer Stroll-8x10
available at Rowley Gallery, Cape Cod
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to see another painting just completed on the cape go to
the galleries FB page here
 

BIG NEWS

People to People Cultural Exchange
 Well its official. I'll be painting and teaching in Havana, Cuba this coming December. We'll be taking folks who would like to paint with me as well as visiting Cuban artist's studios as part of an official "People to People Cultural Exchange".
 I've wanted to paint Cuba since I started going to Key West in the winter.  Just this past winter, Gallery on Greene had many of Cuba's top artists come to Key West for a very successful exhibit. At nearly the same time, the Cuban National Museum was exhibiting Cuban American Mario Sanchez's work. Something that doesn't happen every day, I might add. Sanchez lived and painted in Key West for most of his life and is considered the preeminent Cuban American folk artist.
 While you're in Cuba you could spend most of the day painting and/or visiting the working art studios of some of Cuba's top artists.
 The trip is planned for December 7th-12th. This is a once in a lifetime experience and promises to be full of painting and people to people exchange with Cuban artists. If you'd like to join me please email Karen Wray at Gallery on Greene, for the details.  Their email address is: galleryongreene@bellsouth.net. Don't delay if you want to go, since December is right around the corner and the trip is already starting to fill. Spaces are limited.  Deposits are currently being taken, with final payments due by September 16th!