Composition is one of those aspects of paint learning that will never be complete. You can never sign off and say, “Well, I learned that now on to painting”. Composition possibilities are endless and fascinating. An art friend and I were talking composition a bit ago, specifically joking about JPI–jolts per inch. In truth not […]
I recently read someone’s comments concerning Jeff Koon’s enormous hyper-polished steel balloon dog sculptures. It got me wondering how we can or should judge art. I saw Koon’s gallery show in New York a while back with rooms of these brightly reflective, highly chromatic balloon animal creations. Now I could have reacted in several […]
Shown and sold at the 2005 Contemporary Realism Show, Center for Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama. The use of wax medium (beeswax melted in turpentine) facilitates the more open treatment, allowing a watercolor like fluidity, while retaining the richness of oil. It is good for a sketch feel while you are working. This is my wife […]
No mural of the Kennebec river history could be complete without reference to the trappers who explored the river and hills. I had drawn out the composition and the pose for this main figure in this panel, but I didn’t yet have a face I liked for him. While at the courthouse working on the […]
just another detail of my Kennebec mural in Augusta, Maine. the mural is 14 x 40 feet, over 500 square feet with over 50 figures, ships, animls, period tools…a lot of life. the brushwork is quick not laboring over each pore. Love working big. This section, the dark wharf overshadowed by the bows and rigging […]
The granite industry was very important for this region Maine. Stone cut from Hallowell hills was renowned for its clarity, lightness in color and its relative ease of carving. The cut stone was shipped down river by sail or on the rail road. The towers of the Brooklun bridge were build from Hallowell granite, as […]
Here is a detail from my Kennebec mural. This region was a bustling river highway back in the days fo sail and this panel portrays the crowded piers in the various towns and cities along the shores. One historian wrote of Gardiner, Maine that some days the waterfront was so full of ships tied up […]
Out on a walk and I just found out that Eastman Johnson lived just over a mile from here on Winthrop Street in Augusta. I love knowing this. He was a fabulous artist and to know he was was at his easel just down the road is wonderful.
This is a closeup of my mural panel of the Popham Colony explorers from 1607. The built the first ship, the Virginia, and also explored up the Kennebec up to at least the site of the current Fort Western, in Augusta. this is fairly loose paint, details blown out in the brigthness of the moring […]
A mural in downtown Hallowell, near the state capital, celebrating the lives of many town notable denizens who have recently passed. Including former mayor Barry Timson, Karen Buck, Allen Strictland, Fred Wingate, of an old quarry including some of Hallowell’s notable citizens.