Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Noticias de la Manana 30x40


 
available at Gallery on Greene in Key West
contact them for price and availability

liked this old Cuban reading the morning rag in the early light.
 
anybody know why that blue keeps coming out so light and overly vivid? i just started having this problem. I'm using the same camera, and doing everything exactly as always. ive noticed it on all the paintings I take pics of, for the last couple of months.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Todo por mi Mismo (All by Myself) 16x20


available at Gallery on Greene in Key West
 
had such a good time on the first one I decided to do it again!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Culto de la Personalidad (Cult of Personality) 24x30

a second painting of a side street in Havana with cult hero Che Gueverra on the wall. and of course, the ever present cars from the 40's and 50's. 
on this one I tried to put tons of color shifts in every shape. its a tightrope walk because there's always the chance of overdoing it. and one persons overdoing it is another persons masterpiece LOL
 
i'll be taking people back to Cuba next January, so if that's somewhere you'd like to go paint, drop me an email and i'll give you the info.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Florida Keys TV Interview


The Elbo Room in Fort Lauderdale- 8x10
commission piece-SOLD

to see the TV interview for my recent show at Gallery on Greene. mine is after Jimmy Wrays interview.
 They say the TV puts on 20 pounds. try thirty. gotta start eating some salads  :D

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Post Card for show


Here's the post card that was mailed out to all of the gallery's collectors. The show reception is this Saturday, if youre in Key West please come by and say hi!
 
my piece is the middle bottom image.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Down the Lane-22x28

 
Down the Lane- 22x28
headed to Gallery on Greene show in KW
please contact the gallery about any inquiries
 
another lazy lane image for the show that opens in one week.
 
played with the temperature differences in the light versus the shadows. plus its a nice 2/3 shadow, 1/3 light ratio.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dockside-22x28

 
Dockside-22x28
Sold
 
My first pre-sale of the show. Nice to go into the show with one red dot under my belt . many thanks to the buyer! you know who you are.
 
Note: the pic on this one was very unusual. even after shooting it several times and photo editing it, the shadow blues look too blue and saturated. on the painting theyre a bit darker and less "bright". the rest is true to the painting. if you have a laptop tilt the screen till the shadows are a little darker (but even then they still look too blue)
Oh well... I have another idea....come to Key West and see it in person  :D

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tropical Reflections- 18x24

 
Tropical Reflections- 18x24
headed to Gallery on Greene
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here's one all finished up for the upcoming show in two weeks. a nice little scene that you find all over Key west.
 
Ive been going into it day by day, adding more and more subtle temperature shifts in each shape. ive found out that my (and your) computer monitor is only showing about two thirds of the colors due to their subtlety.
 
 I used to just bang these out for a less finished look which was the style I was after. These days I'm into, "how cool can I make each shape, color-wise while maintaining the light key and natural look of the scene?"

Saturday, February 28, 2015

In Progress-18x24


Got this much done on the first session. the nice thing about the acrylic underpainting is you can have fun and experiment with temperature shifts without messing up the underpainting. it IS the underpainting. then if you don't like it you paint it out in the oils on top. I'm still on a kick of wanting to the viewer to see "swirly" paint and bravura brushwork. like in the fence. Still have an hour or so on this one and I'm super happy with it at this stage.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dreamy Lane- 16x16


Dreamy Lane-16x16
headed to Gallery on Greene
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Had fun on this one playing with changes of color where you can see the stroke. Also kept this one colorful and sunfilled. Just like Key West!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Out of the pipeline


 Dream View-18x24


Keys Hideaway-12x14

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Going to Work

 
the next Cuba painting. Initial statement in acrylic.
 
In an interview famous artist Chuck Close made a deep and (for me) life changing statement. He said that you have to "go to work everyday" and in an unexpected moment you will learn something profound or do the best work you ever produced.
 
Today that profound learning experience came while I was playing steel drum at a nightly gig, with my new friend Mary. We play jazz for the supper crowd at one of the upscale restaurants in Key West, Bistro Sole. A week ago she asked me to sit in with her after she heard me playing some jazz at the Green Parrot. I said sure and once we put a steel drum playing jazz with her voice and guitar, we knew we had something special. we've played together nearly every night since.
 
tonite while I was "at work" I discovered that I could play a certain note at the end of a phrase or ending of a song, that I had never played before. I was experimenting, much the way you do when you paint, just being driven along by the sound, and I stumbled on that tasty note that i'll be able to use till the day I die. it's now on my "hard drive" and I can pull it out of my bag of tricks when appropriate. I was like a kid on Christmas day. it happened "at work".
 
you were so right Mr. Close!
 
so the next time youre standing in front of your easel painting, or instrument playing, or computer writing a novel, remember don't wait for inspiration to hit, or try to do something notable. just go to work.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Heroe de las Calles (Hero of the Streets) 24x30



Heroe de las Calles
24x30
available at Gallery on Greene in Key West
 
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Poorhouse Lane


one from last year. loved the color of the house in shadow and the other color harmonies on this street, on a sunny key west afternoon.
Annette still needs me 24/7 but we got some good news yesterday. there doesn't seem to be anything major wrong with her heart that would have caused the two fainting episodes (called syncopy)  This morning we are having an EEG done and an MRI. she's still cant walk a straight line and says she doesn't feel herself. she also has some sight issues and cant drive for awhile.

Friday, January 16, 2015

the sun is out today- emotionally and literally


this is a painting from last year in key west. it made really happy to look at today, as I went thru some of my images from there, so I'm posting it.
 
the light on the bushes and the distinctive keys architecture is what I loved in this scene. time to start painting some key west themes. soon but not quite yet.
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an update on my wife, annie. We brought her home a few days ago and she was very weak. and rightfully so. first, a hospital stay and pacemaker put in, and then another visit for about four days in ICU. then three more days in a bed being stuck here and there with needles and probes, taking blood sometimes three times a day, and no good rest. I will say tho' that Rex hospital has really good food, especially for a hospital!
 
right now, annies getting stronger physically everyday. yesterday she sat up most of the day and today i'll get her up and out of the house for a short trip in the car, in hopes that that will build up her strength a little more.
 
I cant thank enough, my friends and followers on this blog. the many emails I got showing support and prayers were such an encouragement. thank you, thank you.
 
the good news is she's getting stronger and for the first time in about 9 days I thought of painting when I went to get us something to eat. the sun was out and lighting up the winter landscape. 9 days- that's probably one of the longest periods of time ive ever gone without thinking of the process of painting. plenty of time for that in the near future!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

a diary of sorts

ive lost track now how long ive had this blog but its a long time. its been a written record of my life for all these years. for those who have followed me here for a few years will remember when my son Jamie was burned in a house fire. I blogged from his room while we sat with him in the hospital for over a month. everybody was wonderful to me and very supportive. the blogosphere is an awesome place where people you've never met are giving you support and helping you through the thing. this blog is a diary of sorts.
several weeks ago while I was teaching in Florida I got a call that my wife in NC had been rushed to the emergency room unresponsive. the next day they put a pacemaker in and sent her home. I went to be with her while she recuperated but two days after the pacemaker went in she collapsed again. my son and I did CPR on her. we got her to the Cardiac Intensive Care unit at a hospital that specializes in heart issues.Thank God, she's now in stable condition. yesterday we moved to a regular room and out of ICU. Still don't know why the episodes but I can't tell you how great it felt to move out of intensive care!
i'll write more soon.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

El Cruce (the Crossing) 8x10

 
El Cruce (the Crossing) 8x10
inquire about price and availability

I like the action, and warm into cool, cool into warm shape play here.
 
Hustle and bustle in Havana.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cupulas y Sombras (Domes and Shadows) - 24x18

 
Cupulas y Sombras (Domes and Shadows)- 24x18
contact me to purchase
 
in Cuba the mix of modern life, 1940's cars, and centuries old architecture is alluring to me and my paintbrush.
the underlying goal in this one was distinctive color, loosey goosey brushwork and a spark of crazy color (the cab and orange car in the distance). the more I paint the more I realize that brushwork is a way of transmitting a vibe to the viewer of the painting. It can signal repose, calmness, or action and vitality, or something in between.
 
in this painting (when I look at it anyway) I sorta feel the hustle and bustle of Havana, but at the same time, the centuries of its just 'being'.
 
like when you stand at the edge of the ocean. its as if in that one moment of looking at the waves lapping at the shore, that you can feel the eons that it's been happening.
 
my color changes happened a few months ago (and continue to morph). now the brushstrokes are evolving.
 
in painting as in life, the only constant is change. sit back and enjoy the ride!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Excursion en Coche (Joyride)-8x10

 
Excursion en Coche (Joyride)
8x10 oil on panel
 
a cool street scene from the trip

Monday, December 22, 2014

Solo en la Calle (Alone in the Street) -24x30

 
Solo en la Calle (Alone in the Street)- 24x30
headed to Gallery on Greene- Key West
 
my focus on this painting was to play warms against cools colorfully in the shadows. and use the 2/3 shadow against 1/3 light value plan I loved in my sketch.
 
the chrome on the car glinting in the sunlight should draw your eye more than anything in the painting. the very definition on a focal point. the car is the star of the show and the buildings are the supporting actors in this one