Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Floral Arches

David Haskell Oil on panel 8x10 $200.
I was just entering Sedona's popular Tlaquepaque,when this pot of flowering plants caught my eye. I liked how I could look beyond the flowers into two additional courtyards. The sun was just hitting the pink flowers creating an interesting contrast to the shadowed covered entry.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sedona Rocks III

Bill Fravel Watercolor on paper Sedona Rocks III 9" x 6" $225

Friday, January 25, 2008

After Vermeer

Libby Caldwell Oil on Panel 9 x 10 $760
I have recently been powerfully drawn to the work of two artists: Turner, and Vermeer. This painting is after Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. I liked the glowing light, and the luminous color in this piece of work, and the way Vermeer painted the softness of the skin. Like a vision emanating from the darkness, she seems to belong to no specific time or place.
Vermeer painted the original between 1665-1666.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Grand Canyon, Afternoon

Vince Fazio 9x12 Oil on canvas panal $140
A recent trip to the Grand Canyon brought about a number of studies. This one struck me for its architectural look. Almost like ancient ruins on a grand scale. There is an interesting sense of flight, of being literally uplifted in looking out over so much terrain. This painting is a mix of palette knife and brush work.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Floral Composition

Larisa Aukon Oil on canvas 6" x 6" $260
This little piece is my improvisation on colors and composition.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Last of the Dahlias

Robert Burridge - Acrylic on paper 10x10 $275
This 10x10 acrylic painting represents just one of my daily morning warm-up paint sketches. Each day is a different subject and color combination painted in ten minutes. For the past twenty years I have been fortunate to paint daily. These paint sketches help me to see more clearly and quickly.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sedona Rocks I

Bill Fravel Watercolor on paper 6 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. $200 SOLD
I paint as a means of avoiding real work. To daub some paint on a piece of paper, give it a good story and title, hob nob with important collectors over fine wine and gourmet food and get paid for it is hardly work…or even reality! This is a view from our deck in Sedona.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

One Rose

Betsey Nelson oil on canvas panel 5x7 $225
I prefer to paint small still lifes alla prima. It 's like an indoor plein air painting in that you get one shot to get it right. More exciting than a painting with unlimited time and the piece retains that freshness that I love.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Poppy Point

David Haskell Oil on panel 10x8 $275.
This painting of Mexican Poppies was done near the Silverbell Mountians in Southern Arizona. I liked the way the mass of bright yellow poppies contrasted with the cooler, subdued colors of the distant mountains. It seemed to create pleasing center of interest.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Sliver of Light

Cody DeLong Oil on Panel, 6" x 8" $200.
This is a plein air painting done along the Verde River. The light was fading fast which forced me to paint quickly and to just go for the essentials. I like the brushwork, especially in the bushes and in the water.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Reading Chair

Libby Caldwell Oil on Canvas 9x12 $210 SOLD
A solitary golden chair in a used bookstore attracted my attention. Initial sketches included a child reading, but in the end, the empty chair was more evocative. A very limited palette allowed me to express the atmosphere I was trying to capture. The use of opaque paint contrasted with relatively thin glazes enhanced the feeling of depth.