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This luscious tomato is from the local farmers market that comes to Prospect Park on Wednesdays. I got three and the first two were delicious, so I have high expectations for this one. My trick for getting the background color is to pick a t-shirt of a good color and place the object on it. This was a Led Zeppelin T from a vintage store in Miami of all places.
More impressionistic than most of my paintings, but I like the feel of these little boats, especially the water and reflections. I was inspired for this painting by a photograph from Mary Schwalm.
This tower, which has 141 steps, is located near Offenhause, not far from Else, in southwestern Germany. When I visited it a few months ago, the sky was super blue and the clouds super bright white. I painted the tower from a photo I took while standing right at its foot and looking up.
This banana peel aged so quickly that it became mostly brown within minutes of being removed from its center (which was delicious). The original purpose of the lightbulb was to provide some structure to the wilting dead pieces of fruit detritus, but in the end it also gives the painting an air of tension between light and dark, death and life.
My muse, sitting next to me at dinner last week, knocked over and broke this lovely delicate wine glass. My hosts allowed me to bring it home for portrait painting. Here’s its first, on brown. I think there will be more paintings of this glass, as it travels around in the world, seeing new places and trying new things.
The bananas have drawn me back. This bunch was pretty green still when they got painted. They posed on red silk for their portrait, with light coming in the window from behind. Maybe I’ll do a dead banana peel, too. Stages in a banana’s life. Anyway, these bananas on red are on a 12 x 9 canvas board. For sale.
These shoes have seen hundreds of miles in the past 3 years. Here they are posing on the floor, kind of like a Van Gogh painting in my calendar, but his shoes are brown. The challenge for this painting was the light — the lamp was on the shoes, and only a small amount of meagre rainy-day light fell through the window onto my canvas. This painting is for sale here.
I had some more time to spend working on this piece that I started last week. I developed the face quite a bit and warmed up the body a bit. She still looks a bit 1920s to me. I think she may still need some work … she’s got to sit for a bit.
Last night I started this figure painting; next week I hope to spend another 3-4 hours on it and get it all finished up. Right now, she’s got a blueish grey background, but I’m thinking I’ll change it to something more racy, something bright.