Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time Past
Oil on canvas board
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I painted this apple slice about 4 days ago when it was a fresh slice.  Upon looking at its shriveled state I thought it was a lot more interesting with the varying textures and the way the outer skin was curling inward on the edges.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Slice of Tang

Oil on hardboard

Capturing light through a translucent object is challenging.  I restricted my use of white in tinting and kept it to the highlights and focused on staying with pure color, out of the tubes, for the main body.  I hope this makes sense.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Orange & Martini

Oil on hardboard

Anyone for a margartini?  A shot of tequila, shot of vodka, 1/2 shot of Grand Marnier, shot of O.J., shot of Lemon juice and a shot of lime juice.  Toss all ingredients into a martini shaker with a few rocks of ice and shake it like a crack head.  Take a few breaths, light up your cigar of choice... or not, then pour contents into a large martini glass and garnish with a  slice of lime.  Crank up the stereo and cop a squat on your favorite lounge chair.

I started painting this late last night and didn't finish this piece 'til this evening after work.  There you go.  Cheers!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Apple Martini?

Oil on canvas board
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Painting highly reflective objects like a martini shaker are an adventure on many levels.  How far do you go into detail?  How much do you leave up to the imagination? 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stand By Me

Oil on canvase board

A bit of the spice and the sweetness.  The strawberry actually looks like it is cozing up to the bell pepper.  Lot's happening within the red tones which made for a lot of adjustmests in values.  I need to buy a few new brushes as the one that I am using are starting to pull thier hairs out.  I did do a bit of rub out in the early stages due to the fact that I was not getting the feel of it.  It didn't start to come to life until I finally put the highlights in.  By then it was all about palette play.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Oil on canvas

A variation of the Strawberry & Mug painting.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Strawberry & Mug

Oil on canvas board

Painting a dark shinny object like a ceramic coffee mug can offer many challenges in what to interpret within its reflections and how to present them on the canvas.  Indication is sometimes easier to do and then let the viewers imagination fill in the gaps.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sake & Chili

Oil on canvas board

The green chili started to turn a bit orange.  On this painting I stayed relatively loose overall.  I mostly just focused on analysing what was happening within the setup.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

On Edge

Oil on canvas board

Thai chili on edge.  I'll do a green one for tomorrow and then?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thai Chili

Oil on canvas board

I love these small hot chilis minced in fish sauce.  Great condiment.  This was the only red one out of the bunch.  I had a pretty crazy weekend and lost a few painting days. So, back to it.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Taking a Break

Oil on hardboard

In early 2011, I was in Melbourne, Australia, and took a load of pictures of people doing their thing in the city.  It was a hot as blazes kind of day and these two guys, with loaded shopping bags, made for an interesting image as people were exiting the tram.  I still try to keep in mind that I need to stay loose on these paintings or they will turn into a five day painting session.