Thursday, January 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Lounge At the Jefferson" for Plein Air Richmond 2018

#ThrowbackThursday to a time when I could not just paint in public, but even indoors.

This is a small lounge inside the Jefferson Hotel Richmond, painted on a rainy day during the 2018 Plein Air Richmond event. Yes, it looks deserted in the photo, but I had a number of members of the hotel staff behind me as I painted.

I really miss chatting with others while I work, as they always have interesting stories to share about the histories of the places I'm capturing. In this case, it was all about the alligators which once lived in the Jefferson's Palm Court in the early 20th Century.

"Lounge At the Jefferson" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Private Collection

 

I took this photo when I was almost finished at about two hours in. I had a very poor lighting system at the time, cobbled together with an orchestra light and a few book lights.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Art Review - "Logging in Vermont" by Aldro Thompson Hibbard

My recent #museumtourtuesday posts depicting snow scenes seem to have triggered a rare snow event down here in Texas. Here's one more ...

Today it's a painting by Aldro T. Hibbard. Look at the way Hibbard lays down the paint in short, decisive strokes, refining them only in the focal area of the two horses. This technique not only defines the focus, but adds energy, spontaneity and movement to the piece.
 
Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Hibbard eventually settled in Rockport, Massachusetts, forming the Rockport Art Association & Museum with a number of other artists. There, he influenced one of my other favorite artists, Emile Gruppe.
 
"Logging in Vermont" • Aldro Thompson Hibbard • Oil on Canvas • 32.5" x 40.38"

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

"War Dancer" on the Cover of Southwest Art Magazine December/January 2020/2021 Issue

I haven't posted for a few days due to all of the tumult, but on Monday Kimberly made a quick masked dash into a Barnes & Noble to see and photograph my second Southwest Art Magazine cover for me.

I spent hours in book stores when I was younger paging through art magazines, so it's thrilling to see my own work on the shelf amongst that of so many other artists that I admire. Trying to focus on the positive, especially right now.
 
 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Art Review - "Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" by Peder Monsted

For today's #museumtourtuesday, a piece by Danish painter Peder Mork Monsted.

Mønsted's winter landscapes fascinate me with his ability to capture the day after a winter storm. The snow is melting, and figures are moving through it, or their footprints show that they have recently passed through the landscape. One can look at his paintings and feel the coolness of the frozen landscape, yet there's also the sense of the warm sunlight at the very same time. This creates a wonderfully complex scene of mixed emotions.
 
I am always filled with hope when viewing his paintings. We're through the storm, and it's time to move forward.
 
"Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" • Peder Mønsted • Oil • 1914

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Floral Painting - "Colliding"

Here’s my first painting of the year.

Maybe it’s the sci-fi nerd in me that always thinks of galaxies coming together when I see a tight group of gerbera daisies. I guess that’s appropriate for the new year, as they’ll soon explode outwards and create something new. 
 
Gerbera daisies are also one of the floral subjects that I find most challenging, so I’m facing the new year head on with this one.
 
“Colliding” • Oil on Linen • 9” x 12” • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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