California Mountains...

Valley View 16x20sm

 

This painting is headed to my show at the Debra Huse Gallery in California this February. This is a scene I found on a trip to southern California this past fall. It’s fun to paint a new place and also look into the artists who’ve worked there before. California has a great history of impressionism and plein-air painting, so I enjoyed looking at images of their work before and after my trip. One of my favorite California painters is William Wendt, who helped me solve some of the problems of how to paint the colors of the west coast and the mountains. I found some of these artists through the Irvine Museum in California, which has a great collection of West Coast paintings.

Antique cars...

Antique cars 12x16sm

 

I’ve had this in the studio for a while now. I love painting the lines of old cars, and also like the color that bounces around on the colored metal. This was painted from a photo, so I pushed the color a bit. I decided to go with a warmish tint in the shadows and cooler lights. Even though the lights on the foreground car are yellow, I used a cooler lemon yellow, especially in the lightest parts.

Vase of sunflowers...

Sunflowers and cutouts 24x20sm

 

Another painting of yellow sunflowers on a blue patterned background. This background is mostly a tablecloth, but also includes part of a book on Matisse in the bottom left corner. Matisse, Bonnard, Cezanne, and Diebenkorn are just a few of the artists who influence my still life paintings. But especially Matisse in the poetry he gets from the interaction of a few flat shapes and a nice color harmony.

Sunflower cut-outs....

Sunflower Bouquet 24x20sm

 

I liked cropping in tight on these sunflowers for a more graphic image. The flowers and the shapes of the pattern on the tablecloth get simplified into big simple shapes that lock together in a composition I really like. Part of this was influenced by a book from the show of Matisse cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art. I haven’t had the chance to see the show myself, but my mom sent the book to me. I was struck by how he creates moving images from simple, flat shapes. This painting is no where near that flat, but I was influenced a bit by that idea.

This painting is 24×20″.

Sun Flower...

Sun drenched Still life 34x30sm

 

One way I get excited for a new still life is by going to the local grocery store, fish market, or flower shop. My favorite place to get flowers is Hoboken Gardens in Rockport. This fall I’ve picked up a few fun flower arrangements. I wanted to pop the yellow sunflowers by surrounding them with some fun blues. It’s fun to work with sun filled objects to warm up the winter days.

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