Sunday, March 23, 2008

Henderson Farm, Winter (oil on canvas, 2008)

(Private Collection)

Warners Road Barn

These are a couple of small (8" x 16") studies that I did based on a 10 year old photograph of an old barn near where my grandfather used to farm onions in upstate New York. I did 6 or 7 charcoal drawings and a couple of pastels from the photo first and then I painted these from memory, without referring back to the photo.

Puddle (oil on canvas, 2008) - updated March 2008

Since posting this painting in New Year's Eve (see below) I have repainted over it twice. In the second version, I made the puddle much smaller so that it didn't extend out of the lower right corner, but the painting still didn't work. In this version, I extended the puddle back out, but painted over most of the foreground and middle ground, lightening them both up and breaking up the furrows in the field. The result has been very thick paint with some interesting textures that I really like. All in all, I worked on this image for six months, but I am glad that I persevered, even though there were times when I thought about abandoning the image altogether.

Pastel Still Lifes

A couple of pastel drawings of still-life setups.

Charcoal Drawings

I have been doing a lot of charcoal drawings of still life setups over the past few months. Here are a few of my favorites.