Sunday, February 15, 2009

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria , British Columbia, 11x14, oil on wrapped linen

I painted this from a photo taken last summer at Victoria, British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. As you can see, the light temperature that day had a soft, pinkish hue. Victoria is a stunningly beautiful place, with a light quality similar to the Mediterranean. To learn more about Victoria, its wonderful restaurants, gardens and charming bed and breakfasts, please go here.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Antique French Bottle with grapes, lemons and orchids

"Antique French Bottle with Grapes, Lemons and Orchids", 8x10, oil on linen

I painted this one back in the fall. Today I added the purple orchids to the top right hand side of the painting. It looks more balanced now. I also enhanced the colors in the grapes and lemons somewhat, which is more in keeping with my style as a colorist.

I'm actually surprised that this one hasn't sold yet . It is so pretty! Okay , so it's not David Leffel, mind you, but it's still darned pretty! (David's 8x10's also cost thousands of dollars!)

Last spring I tried to enroll into a David Leffel workshop that was offered at the Long Boat Key Center for the Arts, where I am a member. It was filled by the time I tried to enroll, in spite of what would have been the highest tuition I'd ever paid for a master workshop! (Don't even ask.)

Anyhow, at least I took a workshop with Louis Tedesco, one of David's most avid students, now deceased (regretfully). So I learned a little bit about chirascuro from Louis. Here's the first version. Now isn't the new version better?

"Antique French bottle with grapes", 8x10, oil on linen

PS: Check out the picture of me mopping the paint off the kitchen floor after 6 hours wrestling with this bottle!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wake-up call, Rooster painting

"Wake-up call", 9x12, oil on canvas panel

Ever have a wake-up call? Something that changes your like drastically, so that you no longer sweat the small stuff anymore? Sometimes we get a wake-up call and we are happy for a while, but then slip back into our old ways of worry and distress. I remember the day that my doctor told me that I might have cancer, back in 1998. It took a week for all the tests to come back, happily negative, and for a few months after that I was gloriously happy, basking in the after-effects of averting catastrophe. Slowly but surely I reverted back to a worry wart, as so many people do in these unpredictable times that we live in.

After I painted that handsome piece of poultry that you see above, I decided to call him, "Wake-up call", since he stands on the hillside poised to cheerfully announce the new day to whoever or whatever happens to be listening. Just for fun I googled wake-up call. I discovered that there is a movie called Wake-up call, a song by Hayden Panettiere called "Wake Up Call" , (appropriate for the broken hearted on Valentine's Day), and a bunch of scary YouTube videos about The New World Order that are called Wake-up call. I didn't watch the video because I didn't want to start off the day depressed, but the introduction to the video said "Do not watch this video if you rely on a rigid belief system to give your life a false sense of security and meaning.The information contained in this film is potentially life changing, but must be watched with an open mind. Unless you are willing to put everything you think you know temporarily on hold, and open up to the possibility that you may have been systematically deceived and lied to
your entire life, this film is not for you. " The movie then started with a scene from The Matrix, a movie which scared me so thoroughly that I had to walk out of the theatre 20 minutes into the film, leaving my teenage son without a ride home!

Whew! Aren't you glad I decided to call my rooster, Wake-up call? Cock a doodle do!

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