Friday, November 18, 2011

Man Visiting Art Gallery

Man Visiting Art Gallery
12 x 16  Oils on canvas panel
Another photo from using the Blogger navigation bars "NEXT BLOG".

Buying Apples With an Audience - WIP

Buying Apples With an Audience
12 x 16   Oils on canvas panel
This is my version of two photos from Nathalies post "New Season Apples" in her blog Avignon In Photos.


I need to work on this some more so I'm calling this a "work in process" (WIP).  :-(

C-45 Expeditor

C-45 Expeditor
11 x 14   Oils on canvas panel
This airplane is the military version of the Beechcraft Model 18. See the article in Wikipidia HERE.


I attempted to show that the airplane was moving (past the background and foreground). After glaring at this painting for a few days, I think that I want to 1) lighten the background or 2) darken the colors in the airplane.

Lazy Days

Lazy Days
11 x 14   Oils on canvas panel
I saw this photo as I was scrolling through websites using "Next Blog" button in the Blogger navigation bar. I had a memory lapse and didn't document the name of the blog. I will remove this post if whomever owns this photo wants it removed.


Of course I made some changes from the origianal photo and I DO want to "fix" (what's new?) some things. But, it's basically done.

Douglas C-47 or DC-3 Taking Off

Douglas C-47 or DC-3 Taking Off
7.5 x 20   Oils on panel
This painting is not finished as I need to paint in the U.S. insignia on the fuselage. 


The Wikipedia article says, in part: "The Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota is a military transport aircraft that was developed from theDouglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during World War II and remained in front line operations through the 1950s with a few remaining in operation to this day."

Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel
7.5 x 16   Oils on panel
This airplane was used in WW I.


The article in Wikipedia says, in part: "The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter introduced on theWestern Front in 1917. Manufactured by Sopwith Aviation Company, it had a short-coupled fuselage, heavy, powerful rotary engine, and concentrated fire from twin synchronized machine guns. Though difficult to handle, to an experienced pilot it provided unmatched manoeuvrability. A superlative fighter, the Camel was credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the war. It also served as a ground-attack aircraft, especially near the end of the conflict, when it was outclassed in the air-to-air role by newer fighters."

4FU Corsair - Landing Before The Storm

4FU Corsair - Landing Before The Storm
11 x 14   Oils on canvas panel
Not too much to say about this airplane except that it's a WW II fighter airplane that was produced from 1940 until 1953.  Read more at Wikipedia if you're interested.

Sunday In The Park

Sunday In The Park
7.5 x 20  Oils on panel
This is made from two photos from two photos on Nathalie's blog Avignon in Photos. Specifically her post "DIMANCHE" and "SUNDAY AFTERNOON".  I played with both images then took some (a lot?) artistic license.

I'm letting the paint dry thoroughly then I want to fuss with the painting a bit.  :-)

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk

Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk
14.25 x 15.25  Oils on 6 5x5 panels
This airplane type is commonly associated with the WW II "Flying Tigers". The Flying Tigers had shark mouths painted on the nose of their airplanes.


I had cut some 5 x 5 inch panels to do some 5 x 5 paintings. Believe it or not I couldn't find subject that I wanted to squeeze into 25 square inches. 


Sooooo, I put six of the panels together with a spacer between each of the pieces. My idea is to take the spacers out and assemble them in a nice frame/background. 


If "diptych" is a two-part painting (or whatever) then will this be a "hextych"?  :-)  I couldn't find "hextych" in searching the web, although I did find "septych" (7 pieces).

Admiring An Art Show

Admiring An Art Show
7.5 x 14  Oils on panel
These are people at an art show. Maybe they'll buy something?


As with almost everyone of my paintings, I think that I need to "fix" something. SIGH



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Baseball - Pitchers -Eddie

Baseball - Pitchers -Eddie
16 x 20  Oils on canvas panel


I have some more baseball paintings that I want to do. These paintings will depict the catchers doing catcher things - whatever that means to me at the time.


BUT! This guy is going to blast a fast-ball right past the batter. Unless the batter is looking for a fast-ball to be thrown. Oh, the strategy that's going on!


I played catcher (when I was MUCH younger) and those fast-ball pitches not only "pop" in the  mitt, they HURT. I stopped playing that position in a hurry and whined until the coach replaced me with a kid that was more dumb that I.

France - Menton - Tango in the street

France - Menton - Tango in the street
16 x 20   Oils on canvas panel


This from Jilly's blog Menton Daily Photo. I "flipped" (mirrored more accurately) the photo just because I could! :-) I also left out some of the finer details from the photo wanting the focus to be on the dancers and the the two women. One seems to disapprove, whispering in her companion's ear.


It's really cool that the dancers can block out their surroundings, don't you think?

Baseball - Pitchers - baseball_pitcher 3

Baseball - Pitchers - baseball_pitcher 3
16 x 20   Oils on canvas panel
Nothing special here. I was in a baseball frame of mind during the leagues playoff games. So I made some baseball paintings. This is probably a college ball game because I put the team logo on the players' jerseys.

Skateboarder - White Cap

Skateboarder - White Cap
11 x 14   Oils on Masonite panel
This skateboarder is doing one of those "tricks" that totally amaze me. Just think of the falls and slides he endured while perfecting the technique. He isn't wearing any kind of joint (knees or elbow) protection - must be a tough guy!

House Close to the sea

House Close to the sea
11x14   Oils on canvas panel
I don't do "landscape" or "seascapes" very well. Probably because I avoid painting them, ya think?

Anyhow, I gave it a shot and I'm kinda, sorta OK with it now. I added the little fleet of sailboats in the distance but it was (I think) still lacking something. Sooooo, I added the larger sailboat.

The Smallest Cowboy

The Smallest Cowboy
11 x 14   Oils on Masonite panel
Melissa (my wife) and I went to the Benton County (Arkansas) Fair to see the 4H sheep judging. (Melissa is a volunteer with the local 4H group.) This young man was being ignored while his older sibling was showing their sheep for the judge. He appeared to be just a bit pouty but brightened up when his Mom came up into the bleacher and sat with him.

He was dressed to the nines with cowboy boots, hat, shirt and etc. TOO COOL!

Couple Studying art in Museum

Couple Studying art in Museum
12 x 16   Oils on canvas panel
This couple can't get much closer to the painting they're scrutinizing, can they? I think that they don't know what the artist was/is trying to "say" in this painting. If I were the artist I wouldn't have any idea why they're curious why or what I was thinking when I made the painting. I'm usually clueless anyhow. I just paint and paint and paint. Lots of color is mandatory.

Monaco - Color - Building

Monaco - Color - Building
12 x 16   Oils on canvas panel
I saw the photo on Jilly's blog Monaco Daily Photo and it seemed to be an abstract painting - so I made one! I couldn't help myself and put some texturing in the orange side of the building. Most of the colors are straight out of a tube with just a tiny bit of mixing.  I try to make paintings with many colors from the tube(s). Although I usually seem to mix some colors. Dang!

Man and Couple looking at modern art

Man and Couple looking at modern art
12 x 16   Oils on canvas panel
 Another composite from several reference photos.I am greatly amused by the man at the left seemingly working hard to understand what he's looking at.  The fellow on the right seems amused by the other fellows dilemma while he himself has no clue either.

New York Inspiration - Looking at the art

New York Inspiration - Looking at the art
11 x 14   Oils on Masonite Panel
I saw a photo on an artists blog and it seemed a natural to make a painting. 

Women in museum looking at sculpture

Women in museum looking at sculpture
12 x 16   Oils on Masonite panel
The title "Women in museum looking at sculpture" might be more accurate as "Women in museum ogling sculpture". :-) At least the lady with the brownish sweater has SOME class and is studying my painting of "A Dollar An Hour".

Baseball - Tagged out at 2nd base

Baseball - Tagged out at 2nd base
12 x 16   Oils on Masonite panel
No names, right? The ball player sliding into second base is totally O_U_T!  Another idea for a painting from a photo with many other elements that I chose to omit.

Skateboarder - Airborne - Blue Tee

Skateboarder - Airborne - Blue Tee
12 x 16   Oils on Masonite panel
This painting was taken from a photo reference with many skateboarders doing their thing. As I've said, these skateboard people are amazing.

Five People Looking At Art

Five People Looking At Art
12 x 16   Oils on Masonite panel
This painting is a composite of four or five reference photos. The lady on the left is laughing aloud at her companion (a MAN!) The three ladies on the right are contemplating the meaning of the center painting. 


All of them are totally ignoring my painting "Flameno Dancer With Red Fan". Obviously, they don't recognize good stuff when it's close by.

Young Lady Waiting

Young Lady Waiting
9 x 12  Oils on Masonite panel
The reference photo for this painting came from Jilly's blog Monte Carlo Daily Photo. The young lady looks more than a little miffed because she has some business to take care of. And the wedding is taking LIKE F - O - R - E - V - E - R - R - R.

Violin Busker / Street Musician

Violin Busker / Street Musician
9 x 12  Oils on Masonite Panel
This painting was fun because of the musician's meticulous choice of trousers or maybe pajama bottoms. :-)


He already has at least one piece of "folding money" in his violin case.  Or is he playing a fiddle?  Is there a difference? Does it matter?

Young African American Family

Young African American Family
9 x 12  Oils on Masonite panel
Something about the reference photo pulled at me and I needed to make this painting. The older girl (the mother?) is looking one way and the child is looking at us.

Garbage Man In NYC

Garbage Man In NYC
9 x 12  Oils on Masonite panel


Poor guy, not only does he have to carry stinky garbage to the truck, but he's being "hounded" by the friendly dog.

Batter hitting ball - 9x12 - MP

Batter hitting ball
9 x 12  - Oils on Masonite Panel


The batter isn't actually HITTING the ball, but in the blink of an eye he'll blast it out of the stadium. No team name - I don't want to get in trouble with Major League Baseball. This guy is a fragment of my imagination.

skateboarder_railing

Skateboarder railing
11 x 14 -  Oils on Masonite panel


I see people skateboarding almost every day and doing things that seem to defy gravity. I don't remember where I found the reference photo for this painting. I probably Googled "skateboards".  


France - Menton - Flamenco in Gorbiio

France - Menton - Flamenco in Gorbiio
16 x 20  Oils on canvas panel

This is from a post by Jilly in her blog Menton Daily Photo.


I have problems making clear, crisp photos of my paintings. My automatic camera is being surly again and won't focus on the painting, or when it does focus properly show every bit of the tiniest glare! :-)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Girl In Red Coat - Painting Sold!

After what seems an eternity of nothing selling for me. I sold a painting!  Wooo Hooo!  :-)
(The photo is of poor quality, but I think you can get an idea of what the painting looks like.)

Girl In Red Coat
11 x 14
Oils on Canvas Panel
S O L D ! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last multi-photo post - probably maybe?

I'm posting 11 (eleven) photos of my paintings today - sorry. I hope to resume posting one or two at a time from now on.  


If you have a PC you can see the photos of the paintings more clearly if you right-click on the photo then choose view in a new window. I dislike the "new" blog method of the slideshow as I can't see the details as we could "before".


Skatebboarder - red tee shirt
12 x 16  Oils on Gessoed panel

Skatebboarder - black tee shirt
9 x 12  Oils on "canvas paper"

Skatebboarder - red sweatshirt
9 x 12   Oils on "canvas paper"
 I have the greatest respect and admiration for the people that will put their bodies on a skateboard. And to see the "tricks" that most do is sometimes beyond belief!  

The "canvas paper" that I used is advertised as gessoed canvas sheets in a tablet form. I had to tape the sheets to a large piece of masonite to hold the sheet in place while I painted. 




Out by a mile
11x13  Oils on gessoed panel

Horse Riding 2
8.5 x 11  Oils on gessoed panel
A "study" for a larger painting.

Horse Riding 1
12 x 16  Oils on canvas board

Wanna Play Some Ball?
9 x 12  Canvas panel

This young lady with an attitude might (probably) embarrass a "studly" male baseball player.

Truck Drivin Man
16 x 20   Oils on canvas panel
(I need to finish the sign on the truck door! - DUHHH)

Hey Battah Battah - SWING
12 x 16  Oils on canvas panel
The title is a taunt (chatter?) that the opposing team calls out when a batter is in the batters box. Especially if the batter has a tendency to swing on command. :-)

Mother and daughter at the beach
16 x 20  Oils on canvas panel
MANY thanks to Jilly Bennett and her blog Menton Daily Photo

Lookee Here Podnah
16 x 20  Oils on canvas panel
An "experienced" cowboy making his point (no pun intended) to a younger buckaroo.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Paintings today - Monday Sept 19 2011

I've learned a very good way for PC users to view these photos without that "slideshow" @#$% that Google has provided. Right-click then choose "open in new window". WONDERFUL! Thanks to RenĂ© Beeldendkunstenaar in his blog RenĂ© PleinAir.  Thank you, thank you!


I've worked on the skateboarder with the red tee shirt for a couple of days. I did  Eagle 3 today after lunch. I might fiddle with the eagle, but for now I'll leave it alone. :-)


I didn't do all of these today or this week. I'm getting caught up to-date with posting to this blog.
Eagle 3
12 x 16 Oils on gessoed panel

Enjoying an expresso
9 x 12 Oils on gessoed panel


Farm Couple
12 x 18 Oils on canvas panel

First coffee in the morning - 1
12 x 18 Oils on canvas panel

First coffee in the morning - 2
12 x 16 Oils on canvas panel

First coffee in the morning - 3
8.5 x 11  Oils on gessoed construction plywood

Flower after the rain
9 x 12 Oils on gessoed panel