August 14th, 2017
It's interesting how one's "vision" of a completed work can change. Sometimes it may be a result of an inability to fully execute the vision in one's mind. Other times it may be due to the power of the image, and how the painting changes one's thinking. Generally, I spend about 40 hours on each painting. I begin with a pencil drawing, and then create a monochromatic underpainting using burnt umber and white. Finally, I will add color through a translucent to transparent glazing process. The attached image is at the completion of the underpainting stage. I will describe how my vision for this piece has changed over time.
April 26th, 2017
Retirement: Not from painting, but to more painting!
Last December 1st I retired from over 43 years in the photography business, and now intend to spend more time on painting than I have been able to do over the years. We shall see if the desire to paint is overtaken by the desire to visit with grandchildren!!
Currently there are three of my paintings at the Tampa Regional Artist's Gallery in South Tampa, FL. The show is called "Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes." I am very pleased that one of my pieces was awarded 2nd place in the show.
Starting in early May, the same location will be featuring the juried exhibit: Bay Area Artists 10. This will run for most of the month of May with an opening reception on Friday, May 19th at 5:30PM. I have two pieces juried into the show: "Demmi's Market" and "Talkeetna Roadhouse." I am impressed with the quality of the work that I have seen in this group, It is very flattering to be a part of it.
More on all of this later!