Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Auction: "Vintage Corkscrew" , Oil, 8" x10"

I've finished my painting, "Corkscrew" that I've been working on this past week.  I could've touched it up forever, but it was time to let it go.  I painted the corkscrew on a 1/4" thick birch plywood panel.  It comes ready to frame.  I suggest a wood, floater frame to match the wood panel.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Paiting in Progress: "Corkscrew"

This is the second lay-in of color on "Corkscrew".  I  painted the cast shadow, which makes the corkscrew pop off of the wood.  Since shadows are transparent, I added a diluted mixture of color, which allows the grain of the wood to show through.  I'll touch up the shadow later to add in the darkest, darks and lighten-up some of the edges.  The corkscrew looks more realistic at this point.  In the final stage, I will soften some of the color transitions and give more contrast to other areas that need to come forward even more. I'll post the final product in the next day or two.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Painting In Progress: "Corkscrew"

When we bought our house, we were pleasantly surprised to find this vintage corkscrew hiding in a kitchen draw.  Because it's the corkscrew I use every time I open a bottle of wine, I decided to pay homage to it in a painting.  I've wanted to paint directly on wood for some time, but I was worried that it's almost impossible to correct any paint-stroke that goes astray.

 For this painting, I made sure to have a precise drawing in pencil first.  I measured the height and width of the actual corkscrew in order to make a life-size drawing.  Then I drew a plumb line and centered the drawing on the line.  Once the drawing was in place, I started to paint a base coat in titanium white mixed with mineral spirits.  The base coat was applied only to the corkscrew part of the painting and not to it's cast shadow since I wanted the wood grain to show through the transparent shadow.   The next day I started the initial lay-in of color. Stay tuned for the finished product.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Auction: Pink Reflection

"Pink Reflection", Oil on Linen, 8" x 14"

I like the juxtaposition of  the delicate, soft, rose next to the straight-edged, reflective surface of the chrome cup. "Pink Reflection" is larger than other paintings I've auctioned-off online.  Here's a chance to win a painting of mine at a good price.  I also have a frame that I can include with the painting.  If you would like to bid on this painting, click here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Painting for Sale: "Cookies and Cream"


"Cookies and Cream" is a great gift idea for someone who likes sweets.  The picture above shows the painting in my kitchen with "Breakfast with Fellini" hanging above it.  The paintings stand out nicely from the other end of the kitchen and add character to the broken-up wall.  "Cookies and Cream" measures 10" x 12 1/2", including the pewter frame, and costs $325.  If you would like to purchase this framed painting, click here.