Lilypad #5 and #6

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I painted a couple of paintings of individual lilypads, one after the other, following the same basic painting methods. I videoed one of them (see video below), however after uploading the video, I changed the look of the painting a bit. That’s the problem with these type paintings—-there are so many options and stopping points that it’s’ hard to ever reach a finished state! You just have to throw in the towel at some point. Anyway, I like these.

Lilypad #5, 14x17”, $250

Lilypad #6, 11x16”, $200

Notes on a Landscape: Spoonbills

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Third in the “Notes…” series. The addition of the halos (are they halos or is there another name for this type?) elevate this image to a whole new level for me. Without them, the birds are just birds. With them, the viewer takes a moment of reflection—-what does this mean? should I be more reverent? should I be angry about this? why?—-the effect of which is interesting. And hey, what more can I ask for than interesting artwork. I added the painting process video below.

Notes on a Landscape: Spoonbills, 24x30”, SOLD

City Park Bridge, no. 2

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I painted this image once before in a large format---this one is a more manageable 16x20". I achieved the texture with a combination of paint splatter, manual dotting with a brush, as well as using a sheet of bubble-wrap like a stamp, creating the overall "screen" effect. I really like how well this one turned out. I will probably be doing more in the future utilizing the bubble-wrap stamp technique. The video of the painting process is below.

City Park Bridge #2, 16x20", $300

cypress trees on lake st john

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Landscapes [and waterscapes, in this case] are fun to paint. So many variations to be had, ranging from realism to utter abstraction, with none of the worries that can come from painting portraits, for instance (placement of eyeballs, adjustments of skin tone, etc.). This waterscape comes from a reference photo taken at Lake St. John, where my wife's folks live. I wanted a long, horizontal view, so I went with a three panel painting (triptych), at twenty inches tall. I kept the detail to a minimum and the feeling of the painting style loose. To complete the scene I added the suggestion of American coot in the middle-ground and the lone egret taking flight.

Cypress Trees on Lake St John, triptych, 20x53", SOLD

untitled blue #3

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Fresh off the easel, this simple image is one I've painted before [and still have in my studio]. I thought it would do well in this larger format. The painting's calm, somber simplicity is only amplified at this larger size.

Untitled Blue #3, 48x36", SOLD

fishing trawler

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Dear blog,

Yes, it's been awhile. Ever since the new year I've been down with a cold and a lingering cough---and, as far as I'm concerned, incapacitated beyond all possibility of creative thought . . . I'm useless when I'm sick.

But it's a new month now and the cough has diminished somewhat. I just finished this Fishing Trawler painting. The reference photo has been sitting on my hard drive for a year or two now; I took the shot on the Tchefuncta River in Madisonville. I kept the style loose and I'm pleased with the final painting.

Fishing Trawler, 18x32", $400 (no. 1007)

slow river #5

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Returning again to this image which I originally captured via snapshot of a paused TV screen---think it was an interstitial shot in the show Treme. I've been told this is Algiers Point in New Orleans. At any rate, I like it.

Slow River #5, 30x48", $800 (no. 1001)