Paintings

“Two Apples”–SOLD

Two_apples8 x 10, oil on gessoed art board.  Click here to bid. Go here to see other eBay auctions.

I’m getting ready to head to New Mexico for a week-long painting workshop with Carol Marine.  Don’t ask me how I found the time–I didn’t.  I just decided several months ago that if I waited until I had a lot of free time on my hands, it would never happen.  So I booked the trip anyway, and off I go.

And as I was ordering art supplies online to have shipped to the workshop, I realized that those of you who have bought paintings off this blog are funding a good portion of this workshop!  So thank you. I hope to have some good stuff to show when I get back.

This is a funny painting.  I wasn’t happy with the background, so I kept wiping it off and starting over. Then I got down to this messy  blue-and-white surface and thought, "Huh. That’s kind of cool."  It’s not the kind of thing I could pull off on purpose, but it’s an interesting accident.

‘Apple Trio’

Apple_trio8 x 10 oil on gessoed art board. Click here to bid.  Go here to see all eBay auctions.

I don’t know what it is about apples.  They are fun to paint, and I can get totally absorbed in trying to get those splotches of gold and red just right.

I think I might do a whole series of these apples, but they won’t be up for a while.  I’m off to the East Coast soon for some book tour events, and I’m sure that when I’ll get back I’ll have lots of Manhattan scenes I’ll want to paint.

‘Mr. & Mrs. Salt and Pepper Go to Fort Lauderdale’

Salt_and_pepper8 x 10 inch oil on gessoed art board. Click here to bid. Go here to see all eBay auctions.

This is kind of a strange, silly little painting, but I’m putting it up here anyway.  I was in Fort Lauderdale by myself earlier this year, and I sat at a sidewalk cafe, looking at the beach, with only this salt and pepper shaker and a rum punch to keep me company. After a while, perhaps under the influence of the rum punch, it started to seem as if the salt and pepper shaker were on vacation at the beach and I was kind of a third wheel.

So I told them to get up next to each other and smile, and I took their picture, and then I went home.

‘Refrigerator Dishes’–SOLD

PyrexSOLD.  8 x 10 inch oil on gessoed art board. Click here to bid.  Go here to see all eBay auctions.

I love these old Pyrex dishes.  They’re the only thing we use in our fridge.  No Rubbermaid for us.  I thought it would be really fun and easy to paint these three primary colors, but it was surprisingly tricky to get them just right.

‘Oranges and Lemons’–SOLD

Oranges_and_lemons8 x 10 inch oil on gessoed art board. Click here to bid.  Click here to see all eBay auctions.

Oranges and Lemons:  also the name of an XTC album I listened to constantly in college.

This fruit bowl was sitting on a friend’s counter, just perfectly composed.  Took a rather poor photo with my phone, but it was enough for this painting.  I guess that’s the trick: seeing paintings wherever you go, and getting just enough information down to let you reproduce it in the studio. 

‘Bookshelf’–SOLD

Leaning_booksSOLD.  8 x 10 inch oil on gessoed art board.  Click here to bid.

I thought this would be my last painting of books for a while, but just today I started photographing a stack of books on the table in my office, so I may be back at it.

I’ve been fussing over several paintings the last few weeks–I’ve finally decided to stop fussing and put them online.  Paintings are like books–they’re never really finished.  You just reach a point when you decide to stop messing with them.  This one’s very loose, but in a way that appeals to me.

‘Decapitated Eggplant’–SOLD

Eggplant68 x 10 oil on board. Click here to bid. Go here to see all auctions on eBay.

Another eggplant from the same series.  I’m thinking about doing more fruits and vegetables with their heads cut off.  Keeps it interesting.

These are the last paintings that will be up for a while–I’m on the road doing book tour stuff for a couple weeks.

‘Death of an Eggplant’

Eggplant5
8 x 10 inch oil on board.  Click here to bid. Go here to see all eBay auctions.

My editor asked for an eggplant painting.  You’d think it would be easy to make eggplants interesting, but I was having a hard time coming up with something compelling, so I cut its head off.

Much better.

I ended up doing a whole series of these, so here’s one that didn’t go to my editor.

“Stack”–SOLD

Bookstack8 x 10 oil on gessoed art board.  Click here to bid. Go here to see all eBay auctions.

The weather’s been pretty gloomy lately, so it’s hard to get the warm, clear light that I think old books deserve.  But every time the sun comes out I start yanking books off the shelf to photograph them.  I’ve got some interesting ones in progress–stay tuned…

“Books and Vase”–SOLD

Books_and_vase8 x 10 oil on gessoed art board.  Click here to bid. Go here to see all eBay auctions.

I set up this still life at our bookstore.  I took the photograph at kind of an odd angle, which made this oddly-shaped vase look even more off-kilter.  I decided to really just let it look crazy. The store is full of funny little objects like this vase–I don’t know whose it is (well, I guess it’s mine now) or how it got there.

More book paintings to come.  I’m having fun coming up with other objects to paint with the books.  The other day I thought it would be fun to paint an ashtray sitting on a stack of books (a familiar scene from my childhood) but then I thought, where would I get an ashtray?