Friday, December 29, 2017

Busy painter on this mini-vacation!

I keep rolling along and have painted a few more. All are 6x8" oil on Gessobord.
An Artist's Breakfast


Summer on the Porch

Monday, December 18, 2017

More Small Paintings

Here's a few more paintings! I'm having lots of fun!
More Guacamole!, 6x8 oil on board

Gingko Leaf with Pots, 6x8 oil on board

Apples, 6x8 oil on board (applied with painting knife)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

New Exhibit - 3 Points in Time, McConnell Arts Center

I was recently accepted into an exhibit opening January 4th at the McConnell Art Center, Worthington Ohio. The theme is interesting - 3 points in time on an artist's journey. 37 artists submitted 52 sets (set = 3 items) of work (some submitted more than one set). 20 artists were accepted.

The reception will be open to the public on Thursday, January 11, 6:30-8pm in the main gallery. If you are in the area, please come! The exhibit will hang until March 18.

Below is a snapshot of my three pieces. (They may be hung differently at the gallery.) We were required to send 5 sentences that describe what led us to changes between the 3 pieces.

McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening Street
Thursday, January 11, 6:30-8:00 (main gallery)
Brian Johnston (judge for awards)

MAC hours
Tues-Thur 10am- 9pm
Friday- Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

Kitchen Art and More Still Life

Going along with the recent flow of painting, here are a couple more still life! Having great fun with these small paintings. I've taken lots of photos for more paintings.

But first, I want to share something I painted specifically for my kitchen wall. I recently painted over the "builder beige" walls with a lighter warm taupe. I needed something on the only open wall in that area. Below you'll see my collection of 1/2 pint latex "oops" paint. I pick these up at the hardware store paint department. These "oops - wrong color" pots sell for a buck or two. I've used these along with some tube artist acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I don't usually use stretched canvas, but wanted something larger and these were affordable. I used brushes and palette knife.

 Here's the winner on my wall! I wanted something subtle and soft. PERFECT.
Next, I tried a different palette, but this is too bright for my kitchen. It looks pretty good hanging in my studio though!
Here are the newest 6x8" oils on Ampersand Gessobord.

 And this shows the giant piece of 1/4" acrylic I was given. I use it as my mixing palette.

Friday, December 01, 2017

New Studio Work!

YAY! Back in the studio again! I tried to paint from life in the studio, but my schedule works better to paint from photographs. I project the photos from a thumb drive to my studio TV. Much better than trying to print them out. In addition to the paintings below I've shot a few more photos that might make good paintings, so check back soon!

I'm pretty happy with these two paintings! Both are oil on gessobord.

The first one is a 6x6". This is a little pot thrown by my friend Karen Lohr. If you look closely in the first photo - to the right on the table you can see the pot shown in the photo and painting. Love this little pot!

"Lemons with Karen's Pottery", 6x6", oil on panel
This next one is a 6x8". I've seen many paintings posted online of eggs. I thought I'd give it a try, using my cobalt blue pot and plate.

"Blue Plate Special", 6x8" oil on panel

UPDATE!!! Ohio Pastel Artists League Exhibit and Sale

UPDATE! I won an Honorable Mention for the middle pastel painting below! YAY!!!

These three paintings will be available at the Ohio Pastel Artists League show, opening on December 9th at the Sunbear Studio in Alexandria, Ohio. The artists’ reception is 11-2, with awards given at 1pm. That day is a special sale day! 20% off everything in the gallery. Sunbear always offers lots of lovely art and fine crafts. Finish your holiday shopping! The exhibit will be up until January 19th.