Winter is gone
Posted March 22, 2013
I realize just how lazy I am when I look at my art work here and see it with all of the odd angles I could muster by photographing much of it from the floor. Couldn't even get a step ladder. But I've learned my lesson. I plan to do another Caravaggio, don't know why, but I like his style and I like to practice painting using his form of art. Great faces and hands, nice colors and expressions. I do not plan to copy his life however so everyone can relax. I just finished a biography of Van Gogh an...
Great art on this site and glad to be here
Posted January 23, 2013
I may toot the horn a bit for this site but since I've joined I have seen some great art work on this site. It is amazing that in this day and age we can stroll with our e-legs through so many galleries that if done physically one would need an oxygen tank and a llama to carry supplies. Here among the virtual chambers it is incredible just how much there is even in this one website. Thank you all for your work, I will continue to surf the halls of this virtual gallery and see what else is out ...
End of year
Posted December 22, 2012
Okay, this year has been in many ways a bust, mass murders and the storm Sandy that made so many lives miserable. I hope next year will be better but we'll see. To all I enjoy the artwork on this site. Creation is so much better than destruction (perhaps what may be called a no-brainer), but please...keep up your work and maybe at some point the scales of creation and inspiration will outweigh the course of destruction and sorrow. To all of you have a great holiday and New Year. Larry
Late September and many things to think about
Posted September 28, 2012
I am waiting for the weather to turn cooler since here in Tracy as of September 28th it is still in the high 90s. Ugh. However, I started to paint a portrait of my first two dogs, mini schnauzers that had passed on back in 2003. I find it difficult to paint fur of all things. I guess I'm more of a landscape/building kind of guy but I will locate an instructor and start new lessons. I am mostly self taught and this is a form of street smarts in a way because we learn by the rough and tumble of le...
Summer is still here
Posted September 13, 2012
It is still hot here in Tracy, high 90s and the same tomorrow...where is the cool weather? I'm impatient I suppose. Does anyone use a projector as a tool to outline paintings? I have one and have used it, think I'm getting spoiled by it but so far the results haven't been too bad. I enjoy painting and plan to now do a small still life in color pencil which I enjoy but can"t quite get the hang of. I admire the realism of color pencil as done by some artists and wonder just how they did it other ...
End of August
Posted August 31, 2012
Ah, say goodbye to the hot weather, well soon anyway as September arrives tomorrow. I will join the locale art league in September and will ask about selling my paintings. I have to let them go, but it is difficult. I suppose they are not my two dimensional children after all but still. I hope that eveyone had a nice summer and look forward to a pleasant fall season. I have been getting ready to paint soon but have been working on manuscripts that I like to work on from time to time, all fanstas...
July weather and art
Posted July 19, 2012
Don't know what weather has to do with art, but I have been working on a long term painting of Burano... again. The canvas is 3 feet by 4 feet and there is a great amount of detail at that scale. It will take about another month to get it done, but I don't work on it day after day and then about four to five hours at a time. But its always fun and I enjoy it. I hope everyone has a great summer and keep creating no matter the weather or season.
Posted June 16, 2012
Well the month of June is half done. The local art group will restart their meetings in September. Time has flown past so quickly that my plans to do anything with art has been slightly derailed. I started a new cityscape of Burano and at four by three it will take some time to finish. What is it about time? It goes un-noticed when I paint. I begin to paint and what seems like minutes are hours. How odd this effect is. My wife is asking me to paint portraits of two of our dogs we had several yea...
May arrives and the painting continues..but
Posted May 16, 2012
Okay, I am currently painting a copy of the old master but my concern is can you sell a copy of a painting that was painted in the 16th century and now in a museum? This is no forgery by any stretch of the imagination since I can't match the impressive work done by Caravaggio. I will put this copy on this site once completed. I won't even sign it his name ...so, can I sell this to a buyer who wants something that they could never afford to ever purchase the real deal? Maybe a stupid question, bu...
Update for May
Posted May 09, 2012
The last week of this month I will introduce myself to a local art leaque. I suppose it's one way to get out and finally make contact in person with fellow artists. I'm self-taught for the most part. I took portrait lessons from a painter in Napa many years ago, lanscape painting lessons in San Francisco when I lived there. Plus another set of lessons from another artist in Livermore. Each helped me along the way gain more insight to what makes a painting work. Of course I'm talking technique he...
The blank canvas
Posted April 27, 2012
Okay....here it is April 27th and I have completed a new landscape. I will add some new work soon, and I have to apologize that the photos od my current paintings are not the best. I couldn't climb up on a ladder to all of them (lazy) to get a straight on photo but I will do better in the future. In between I am working on some manuscripts. I have a few and none are even close to publishing, but they are good therapy nevertheless and I enjoy writing and painting both. I read somewhere that to be...
Off and running - maybe
Posted March 19, 2012
Okay, I've finally retired and decided to make an effort to get to a point where I start selling my paintings. Three months into my escape from work I've started a landscape. My time has been filled with a video game, at my age can you believe this odd arrangement? But nevetheless I have started to paint in between the slaying of dragons. Never had a game before like this so it's different from anything else I have done and in turn makes it unique to me and for the moment enjoyable. But this is ...