Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sabine (Wrong Thought) II

After mucking up the first attempt at this subject last year over the winter of 2009-2010, I thought that I would give it another shot. The canvas is medium size now (as opposed to small) - we'll see if I can keep the text off (or out) of it. Giambologna's sculpture in Florence (in the Loggia dei Lanzi) is the inspiration, although the painting is a reverse image of the original sculpture.

stage 3
Sabine (Wrong Thought) II -Acrylic on Canvas 40" x 30"

stage 2

stage 1

Sunday, November 21, 2010

PzKpfbII - getting there

It's getting there...rise and rise again until bunnies become lions

Here is a view of the still-life and an earlier drawing.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

trial and error

moving on with some color and space issues.

So far there has been a lot of trial and error with this picture
and I suppose that there will be a lot more to come.
(48" x 40" acrylic on canvas)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bunny und Wehrmacht

Some drawn musings…

Bunny und Wehrmacht ink and charcoal on paper, 22” x 30”

PzKpfb I (Panzerkampfbunny I) Study ink and charcoal on paper, 19” x 25”

And some painted…

First stage of PzKpfb II (Panzerkampfbunny II) 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas Second stage of PzKpfb II 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas Third stage of PzKpfb II 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas – Got tank?

Fourth stage of PzKpfb II 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas

Fifth stage of PzKpfb II 30” x 40” acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

D- is for Daffodil and Jess (white dress)

D - is for Daffodil and Jess (white dress) are going to be in a show later this month at YorkArts...just in time to make a little more room in the studio.

White dress is a lot smaller that "D" and they seem to be very different to me. Anyway, now I will have a bit more room to maneuver.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Evening Daylilies (in progress)

So for the past three days (or I should say evenings after work and chores are finished), I have been painting after dinner until it it too dark to see…


This is 30” x 40” oil on canvas (with the corner of the barn behind the daylilies)

After another week (of evenings)

The last painting of spring 2010 (please forgive the blurriness)

A little more progress…

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Piece (borrowing Vince’s chair)

I have started a new (relatively small ) painting that depicts an object on a chair…sort of reminiscent of another work. 

Vince's chair_1

This is an earlier stage of Vince’s chair- with something a lot of Dutchmen my age (and a little older) might recognize.

And at a later stage…Vince's chair_2 after I brushed over everything with a turpentine wash…the geometry of the FAL is difficult to get correct. There is a lot more work to fal(low)

This is where it’s going after this evening (Sunday, June 6) Vince's chair_4

I have been wanting to settle down and work on something more objective after the last paintings, but I think that I need to move to a larger scale, or (as Gerry Herdman told me almost thirty years ago) get smaller brushes.

after some work last night.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

D-evolution (Daylilies)

I painted a landscape in 2001 (Daylilies in the garden)...the paint was way too thin and the color wasn't right. To make matters worse, the shapes were predictable and the canvas seemed to be an unworkable dimension (60" x 30"). You can see most of the original painting above left.  Late last spring, I started to rework this -adding and removing shapes and details, eventually I added a figure, Marcy, to the picture you see above.
  I continued to re-work it over the past year, and into this spring- pushing and pulling shapes, and trying to determine how much detail to put in the figure.  Should it be a generic figure, or a portrait?

It still wasn't right-primarily because the angle of the sitter seemed to be "off" in relation to the surrounding space, and the fact that I have been picking at it over the past ten months...

Finally, last night, I covered the painting with black oil paint, scraped away the bottom half, and scribbled some phrases across the top, and added some stenciled text.
Now I have something that I can work with!

Monday, May 31, 2010

"D" is for Daffodil- getting there

"D" is for daffodil acrylic on canvas, 60" x 50"
There is some work to do, but it is getting there.

(for a sense of scale)

Monday, May 17, 2010


RE-member acrylic, charcoal, and oil on board and frame

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

D is for Daffodil - (a very early stage)

D is for Daffodil 60" x 50" acrylic on canvas A small study from two weeks ago.
this is what I have been messing with for a few days.

Jess kept squirming and moving. Partly to avoid the stink bugs and bumble bees, partly because she is 8 months pregnant.

When I started to work on this painting, I wrote down all of the artists I could think of whose last names began with a "D". I have no idea why. I played around with a few "E" names, but I wasn't into it. I looked across the yard to the chicken coop and saw the daffodils, and that was where this painting headed...D is for daffodils.

The scale and design of this small study (from two weeks ago) got me started on this idea.
(actually, that is not quite true. I have been working with/on these daffodil paintings for years and years. I wish that I could keep some fresh for a few months to allow for more development.)
Below is one study from early April 2009.

Daffodil study (2009) 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time for Spring cleaning or play?

New/Old Sarah, 15" x 12"
mixed media and collage on paper (2010)

Sometimes, you have to play.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Images of the self

As of March 7, 2010

March 6, 2010

Based on a recent discussion I had with a friend, I am working to make my figures heavier, or have more weight. I am not referring to pounds here, but rather substance. This is an acrylic self-portrait study (20" x 24") that I started late last week.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Article on Bau Movement exhibition

Here is a link to an article by Scott Campbell in the March issue of Harrisburg Magazine
The print article has photographs of all of the artists' artwork. The article is titled, York Gallery Promotes Regional Artists.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Winter Skull II

Winter Skull II, acrylic on canvas, 2010
This is a small study that I am working on, maybe combine it with something else later (more skulls, the bunny, who knows?) I have worked with these skulls before. Here is an old one from 2004 (below)

Winter Skulls, 2004 oil on canvas (sorry about the glare)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Bunny room (Cloth Bunny)

Cloth Bunny 42" x 36" acrylic on canvas, January 2010.

There are a few elements in this painting that might be familiar to people who have seen my painting over the last two years. This painting was started three weeks ago (right after Christmas) but the sketches and studies were not coming together. There are a few more elements/ subjects/ objects that I want to add.

But it has to be finished and dry by Friday morning!!!

The bunny room (it is starting to creep me out)