Solo Show at Dowling Walsh...

Thoroughfare Sunset 36x72sm

 

I have a solo show coming up next month at Dowling Walsh Gallery with an opening reception Friday, August 1, from 5-8pm, which is open to the public. Come by and say hello. This is a body of work that I’m very proud of. There’s a wide range of subjects, from landscape to still life to figures. All of these subjects are tied together by the theme of summer, as I’ve experienced it since having kids. Before my family started to grow, my summer was all about painting and work. Now I’m forced to occasionally slow down and enjoy it. For the last few years I’ve been looking for ways to make paintings about my family life. There are a few paintings of my kids here, but I realized that I could make paintings about the experience of summer, through a wide variety of subjects.

Sisters...

sister picnic 48x36sm

 

I’m looking forwrad to the day when I can get the girls to sit still and pose for me, but for now, I paint them from photos. It’s still a bit tricky and involves using several different reference pics. This is one of my favorite paintings from this past year because it incorporates some of my favorite subjects; birch trees, adirondack chairs, patterned fabric, and of course my daughters. It’s fun when a painting like this starts to come together. I attempted a lot of family paintings this past year and only a few have been worth keeping. I’m hoping this is a series I can explore over many years.

Bubbles!...

Bubbles 48x36sm

 

I have a show coming up at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland Maine this August, and I’ve got some new painting subjects I’ve been trying out. For this show I’ve been working on a wide range of subjects, but all based on the theme of summer in Maine.Some of the paintings are the landscapes that I would usually paint, but there are also some fun still life and figure paintings. This was the first of the figurative pieces which got me started on the whole idea of the show. For me this painting is about the different way I experience summer since the birth of my first daughter two years ago. I’m now forced to slow down once in a while and play in the sun.

My show at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland opens August 1st, and will hang most of the month.

This past year

Tractor Profile...

tractor profile

 

I’m always a sucker for backlighting because it simplifies the scene into the most basic shapes of dark and light. I think I like this one so much because of all of the rich color I snick into the tight value structure.

Ford Tractor...

Waiting for work 24x24sm

 

This is a 24×24″ tractor painting from I did last week. I knew the tractor would be there and was pleasantly surprised to see how it looked outside the open garage door of this barn. Usually I like to crop in tight on an object like this when I compose the painting, but this time I liked the environment created by the colors of the barn and the strong light on the ground.

Often I have to deal with trucks, tractors and boats driving away on me, but this time I was happy to know this one is broken down and wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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