Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Vintage Tins - Animal Crackers and Folgers Tin Painting

This painting contains two very cool retro tins that I discovered last month at a garage sale. I really like Folgers and animal crackers. I guess its not exactly gourmet but it hits the spot every morning. This painting is with its two tones of red play strongly on the texture of the tin and light. I painted the Folgers tin with several opaque layers to create a unique stylize surface.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Lemon Water Pitcher II Still Life

Couple of weeks ago my wife suggested that I try to do several paintings of my pitcher and lemons series. I started this painting the same time as the one I completed several weeks ago but this one took me a little longer to complete. I just enjoy the play of light on this type of stylized and realist painting. Please enjoy.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Can Goods Still Life II

I really enjoy painting these canned jars of fruit, vegetables and assortments. The canned mason jars are so cool to paint because there is glass, labels and a huge palette of colors. Another reason I enjoy this subject matter is the my Dad and I used to can tomatoes, pears and just about anything every Fall. Little but nostalgia...


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Water and Lemon- with Salt and Pepper Shaker

This painting I used one of my wife's water goblets with Lemon and a set of Grandmothers antique silver salt and pepper shakers.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Retro Kellogg Cereal Bowl Still Life

My wife and I last month stopped by a Garage sale where we discovered this cool Kellogg's cereal bowl. Any excuse to paint the Kellogg's roaster is good enough for me.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Jelly Filled Donut Still Life

This very expressive and very loose painting is a jelly filled donut. I really enjoy these types of painting because of the expressive and impressionistic manner of the painting. The paint is applied thick and freely. I uploaded the painting process for this piece up on YouTube. Please check it out.


Friday, March 16, 2007

Little Red Lady Bug on Leaf !

I've always had a fascination with bugs and various insects. As matter of fact, early on in my college life, I majored in entomology. I guess the colors and designs of certain insects is almost an art form. This little painting of a ladybug is part of a series I did last year. Last Summer we had lady bugs every where. Our cats had a field day trying to catch them throughout the house.

I recently received a commission to complete this painting for one of my clients. The painting is painted on masonite.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Ice Tea Still Life

I bet you can't tell that I am ready for Spring. Nothing beats a nice glass full of ice tea. This painting I tried to capture the cold and transparent colors of the ice tea in this pitcher. I used several layers of transparent hues to capture the color and flavor of ice tea - and no sugar.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pitcher with Lemon Water - Still Life

My wife is on a kick of drinking a pitcher of lemon water a day. Not only is it good for her, but it keeps her active going to the rest room every half hour. (lol)


I really enjoy the distortion of the lemon in this painting. The light and distortion from the glass creates a fascinating and almost abstract image.

Imported Beer Bottle

Nothing beats a cool glass of cold imported beer. I tried to capture a more photographic effect with the out of focus background to offset the dark reflective beer bottle.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Water Crystal Pitcher with Lemons

I've had several requests from people who wanted to see more of my water crystal paintings (the crystal pitchers and glasses are my wife's - she inherited it from her Grandmother). In this painting I used the cool colors of the napkin to create a more surreal abstraction in the distortion of the glass. This painting was not easy but I love the effect.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Titan & Tea Set-Still Life Painting

This painting illustrates a very impressionist and loose style of a vintage silver tea set with one of my favorite art books - Titan.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Jam and Jelly Still Life - New Site Upgrade

Yesterday, I finally updated my website using flash. I'm a little concerned about using flash but I'm hoping that I don't run into problems with users accessing the site. Please check it out and tell me if you are able to access the site and the galleries:

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My wife stocked up on some jam a few weeks back and I couldn't resist and set them up for a composition. Not only do I get the benefit of the rich colors of the jam, I get the label of the jars as well- which I enjoy doing.


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Marble, Marbles and More Marbles

I can't seem to get enough of this subject. Marbles are perhaps the most enjoyable and fun subject for me to paint. The play of light, refraction and color makes this painting realistic and surreal. This painting, with its shade of blue, plays on the visual eye to give the impression of high reflective qualities. The air bubbles are my favorite!

This particular still life is 8" x 10" but I intend to someday paint a huge canvas with this subject matter. I received numerous emails from people who are craving for me to paint a large painting. I seem to enjoy the smaller and more intimate scale for the moment.