Archive for June, 2011

Ball Jar and Marbles Revisited

June 28, 2011

Ball Jar and Marbles, 9 x 12, oil on board

The great thing about oil paintings is that you can make changes. I like that. This painting has been to shows and even won awards but I was never completely satisfied with it.

I recently returned the painting to the easel and reworked several of the marbles and the shadows. The changes are not drastic and I’m probably the only one who will notice but I like the painting better.

PB&J painting demonstration

June 26, 2011

Midnight Snack, 30 x 40, oil on linen

You may not be able to see much difference but I spent the day working on the waxed paper and the milk glass.

Now the painting is Resting. Other than a few shadows and smoothing of color transitions in the milk, I think the painting is finished.

I really enjoyed painting all the different textures in this peanut butter and jelly painting


PB&J Day 4 painting demonstration

June 25, 2011

PB&J, work in progress, day 4

Today I worked on the waxed paper, the cookies and the foreground shadows.

PB&J day 3

June 24, 2011

PB&J, Work in Progress

Today I worked on the bottom half of the Sandwich. The sandwich is about 95% complete. I blocked in some details on the cookie, the milk glass and the shadow to the right of the glass.

PB&J Day 2

June 23, 2011

PB&J, work in progress, day two

Today I worked on the detail of the top half of the sandwich, the texture of the bread and put another layer of paint of the bottom half of the sandwich. I also drew the detail of the glass with a white pencil

Here’s a detail of the sandwich

PB&J-work in progress

June 22, 2011

PB&J day 1, oil on linen, 30 x 40

I keep seeing other artists paint this subject matter and since Peanut Butter is one of my top 5 favorite foods, I thought I would throw my hat in the ring.

Some of my paintings are started with a monochromatic underpainting and built up with thin layers of color .I began this painting with large blocks of color which will also be finished with layers of detail.

Tin Rabbit

June 14, 2011

Tin Rabbit, 24 x 36, oil on linen

I always enjoy painting my vintage toys. And this is my first attempt at painting transparent plastic. That is a subject I will be painting again. The foiled eggs? Well, I think I’ve had my fill of them for awhile but I am pleased with they way they turned out.

Double Sealed

June 11, 2011

Double Sealed, 24 x 12, oil on cradled board

This is my latest in my “Toys in a Box” series. I was interested in this composition because of the contrasts in the painting: the light and the dark, the shiny metallic seal and the flat surface of the wooden seal. One seal in confined in the box and the other is free with the floating ball.