Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kitchen progress 3

Here is another progress shot of the kitchen. I finally covered the surface of the canvas with paint and the composition felt much more complete.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Ahhhh, the painting is finally done. Here is the finished work and two close-up shots. There is a small amount of glare in the close-ups, which explains the white speckles.

40" x 42"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

"Russell" progress

The painting of my brother is almost complete. In these progress images you can see how I began to work on this painting. I'll post the final painting soon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Magowitz's

These paintings are from a commission I recently finished. The first piece was a study I painted on location to create the finished work in the studio.

22" x 18"

45" x 37"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bark and Brick

Here is the finished version. I also recently finished a large commission, which I will post soon.

"Bark and Brick"
33" x 45"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

kitchen progress

This is what I have after 4 more sittings. I'm starting to get excited about it now because it's starting to look like something. The interesting thing about this painting is that it is evolving with the kitchen.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Best In Show

Good news! I recent won Best In Show at the Hampton Arts' "Virginia Artists 2011 Juried Exhibition". Part of the Best In Show prize is a solo exhibition in their space next year, which I am busy cranking for.
Here are 2 recent paintings.

"Hanging Pansies"
18" x 14"

"Bouquet of Roses"
18" x 14"

Monday, July 4, 2011

Painting Process

Hey guys and gals. I'm currently working on a painting of my kitchen and I'm posting my process of the piece. I only work like this on larger paintings (about 30 x 40" and larger) that require a lot of planning and preparation. A few weeks ago I posted the initial line drawing I created after studying the subject for a few weeks. I scanned in the large drawing, printed it out at approx. 4" x 6" and began the value study. Just like the drawings, the value study was done from life. I then scanned in the value study and tweaked the composition until I felt it was correct; aside from cropping the image, I had to reduce the size of the ceiling to get the desired effect of the composition.

I forgot to record the step where I gridded the final composition and transfered it to the final canvas, though you can still see parts of the drawing that have yet to be painted over. I used vine charcoal to transfer the drawing because it doesn't mix with the paint and flakes off easily when paint touches it. Once this step is done, I start painting. Lately the weather hasn't been cooperating so I've only been able to paint for about an hour before I've had to stop (this is one of the issues of working from life and with a fleeting effect of light). The final painting is 36" x 45" and this is what I have after the first 4 sittings.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Spies and the Boardwalk Festival

This first painting was for my friend Joe's album cover. His band is called "Spies" and you can listen to his music here:

This next painting I just finished a few weeks ago. I exhibited this piece among many others at the Boardwalk Art Festival, where I received the "Virginia's Finest" award.

"Kitchen Counter with Flowers"
22" x 18"

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Exhibition info and 2 new paintings

Hey everyone. Here are 2 paintings I recently finished. "Bark and Brick" and "Kneeling" were both selected for the Hampton Arts' Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition, which is at the Charles H. Taylor Center in Hampton Roads. The exhibition will hang from July 17 to August 28.
I will also be showing work June 16-19 at the Boardwalk Art Festival in Virginia Beach. I will be by 19th St. at booth #1914.

Papers and Roses
24" x 25"

This next painting is the color study for a 33 x 45" painting I'm almost finished with.

Bark and Brick
10" x 12"

Monday, May 9, 2011

last 2 studies

These are the last 2 studies I completed before I started the final painting of my brother.

Russell (study)
24 x 26"

23 x 23"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Here are a couple detail shots of 2 paintings I'm working on.

This is the final drawing for another painting I will be starting soon. I'm still working on cropping this image.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

painting studies

These are 2 of the studies I've done for the painting of my brother.

23 x 24"

This next painting was originally going to be a color study for the final piece, but I quickly decided I wasn't satisfied with the composition and returned to the drawing board.

"Bedroom Lights"
16.5 x 19"