So I had blast in Virginia this past weekend studying with Robert Liberace. He's a fantastic teacher and a warm personality. The three day workshop focused on portraits of children and young people. We had the pleasure of painting is 5 nieces (sisters all with names starting with the letter V), and they were wonderful models! I'd love to share some of the workshop demo pictures, but I didn't catch whether I was allowed to or not, so to be on the safe side I'll just send you to Rob's site to see his work. I wish I had a better set up for photographing my work, but here's here's a look at the pieces I saved from the three days (I wiped away a few paintings as I only had 4 canvases with me :-()
Day 1 -- Vonya
On day one we watched Rob do a demo on drawing, massing in the shadow shapes, and then using just a few pigments to create the form. Then we did a few quick 20 minute sessions of just drawing the form and massing in the shadow shapes with burnt umber. Next we worked on a "complete" piece using the limited palette. My painting of Vonya consists of 5 pigments -- burnt umber, terra rosa, yellow ocher, titianium white, and the tiniest touch of cad red light in the lips.
Day 2 -- Vayla
Day 3 -- Valeria
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I had attended a wonderful one-on-one business consultation last night sponsered by NYFA at Hallwalls. I had the pleasure of learning more about the art business from Bruce Adams and Adam Weekly. I also met Amy Greenan, whose work I greatly admire. I feel like I had a million other questions I could have asked so I really hope they offer this opportunity again! The meeting also encouraged me to continue on with a more conceptual line of paintings I've been working on... look for more to come on that!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I painted this on site after reading about the possible demolition of this building. It is 120 South Park Ave. and dates back to the end of the Canal Era in Buffalo It would really be a shame to see it come down seeing as Buffalo is trying to recreate the "Erie Canal days" just 3 blocks away. For more read http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/09/urgent-opportunities-the-list.html. I have painted Illinois Street around the corner as well, and if my research is correct, this area used to be a very modern steam bakery back in 1871. I'm really hoping we don't loose this one!
|Chimneys in the Cobblestone District|
Acrylic on Canvas
Monday, September 13, 2010
| Store at the Corner of High and Genesee|
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40
I've been working on this studio piece for the last month or so. It's a little bit tighter than how I usually work, but overall I'm please with the result. The history of 630 High Street in Buffalo is really cool. It was rebuilt in 1911 after the original J.M. Brecker and Compay burned down. The new store on the East Side purported to be thoroughly modern. As an interesting side note - the silent partner in this store was a bowling on the greens world champion and had a popular song about the sport. The building is currently on the city's demoliton list. This painting will be on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society October - December 2010 along with some great historical articles and pictures related to the site.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I've been busy this week. Along with figure drawing and plein air painting, I finished up two pieces. I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos -- a new camera is on my wish list as is the money to pay a professional to shoot the finished pieces.
Tracks at Standard Elevator
Oil on Canvas
(Going to auction at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society for Paint the Town on September 23rd)
Red Pepper, White Asparagus, and Articoke Hearts
Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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Monday, August 23, 2010
Hello. The purpose of this blog is to document both my work and, very occasionally, my thoughts on art. I'm an emerging artist in the Buffalo/Niagara region of New York and am looking forward to sharing my work with you. My goal is to present a new painting at least once a week. We'll see if my two kiddos will allow me this ambitious feat.