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Exploring the figure

I have been exploring the figure in my last few paintings. Definitely I am not attempting to have one painting style. Instead an exploratory of abstraction, conceptual, opposites, exploring new concepts in rhythm and motion while developing dexterity with the painting knife.

Prismatic Nude, 18 x 24 inches

Prismatic Nude, 18 x 24 inches, gave me the opportunity to juxtapose two abstract worlds.

 

Bathing in Sun, 18 x 24 inches

Bathing in Sun, 18 x 24 inches, is something I need to definitely explore more.

 

Choices, 24 x 36 inches

Choices, 24 x 36 inches, Is a painting I have been repainting then repainting again and again for awhile. I usually paint and leave it. For some reason this painting kept calling me back. I think I am done… maybe.

 

My Beach, 24 x 44 inches

My Beach, 24 x 44 inches, should be noted as the tightest, completely painted with a painting knife. I loved the contrast between the beautiful, young soft woman contrasting the rough, rusty canisters and pipes.

 

Three Bathers, 24 x 44 inches

Three Bathers, 24 x 44 inches, I had fun with breaking the image to see how far I could go with it, create a visual space and rhythm amongst the bathers. What did I need to leave in and what could I do away with. I entered this in the ViewPoint46, 2014 exhibit and was selected for the juried show of the Cincinnati Art Club.

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

How can I stretch time when plein air painting?

I have been painting Plein air and studio during my trip to the Carolinas. Plein air studies provide me an opportunity to study the affect of light, with the challenge of how to represent the light on my panel within a limited time frame. There are definitely many challenges for the plein air painter. I [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

I enjoy the slick surface of primed panel over gesso panels for plein air painting

I enjoy the slick surface of primed panel over gesso panels for plein air painting

Primed panels are much less resistant to my painting knife and allow it to glide over the surface of the painting. Gesso creates more of a dry absorbent surface to paint on. I can make just under 40, 9 x 12 inch panels from a 4 x 8 foot 1/8 inch thick piece of Masonite [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Augusta Art Guild Paint Out this past weekend, in Augusta Kentucky was the place to be

The American Queen Steamboat docked this past weekend for a picturesque time period presentation on the Ohio River. What a joy to paint. I do love boats and water. No one would have thought that this majestic Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, would have a broken paddlewheel axil shaft that would delay its journey. [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Thank you, Loveland Arts Council and the Shades of Summer 2014 Plein Air Paint

It is always a humbling honor when other painters pick your painting to be best of show. I just did not know what to say. Thank you Loveland Arts Council and the Shades of Summer 2014 Plein Air Paint Out for selecting me. There are a lot of scenes that just will not work in [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

T.C. Steele Boyhood Home – Paint Out

It was a nice opportunity to paint at the boyhood home of T.C. Steele. Theodore Clement Steele (September 11, 1847 – July 24, 1926) was an American Impressionist painter known for his Indiana landscapes. Steele was an innovator and leader in American Midwest painting and is considered to be the most important of Indiana’s Hoosier [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Italy is Beautiful in October 2014 – Register Early!

October 9 – 23, 2014 ITALY – PLEIN AIR LANDSCAPE & STUDIO WITH DARYL URIG Umbrian region of Central Italy Call Tracy to Sign Up: 1-855-476-6482 Questions? Please email us: schoolinfo@laromita.org Painting, culinary, and art workshops in Italy. La Romita strada della Romita, 24 Terni Italia, 05100 Love of painting has always been my passion [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

How cool. My article just came out in Leisure painter magazine.

How cool. My article just came out in Leisure Painter magazine. see here: http://www.painters-online.co.uk/Features/How-to-Paint-with-a-Knife—A-Beginners-Guide/_ft454_mg12

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Back Yard Plein Air Painter & Backyard Art

When I was writing my first book, Plien Air Painting for Everyone I wanted a catchy title that explained the book. It was a book on outdoor painting including set-up, supplies and follow along painting process for developing a painting. I found out that one of my favorite Plein Air Painters, Cezanne painted in his [...]

Saturday, November 29, 2008 10:16

Hill House Arts Retreat Spencer IN

Had the pleasure of visiting Hill House Arts Retreat in Spencer Indiana this past weekend. Got a bit of plein air painting in. Enjoyed talking with the local artisans. There is talent everywhere I visit across this great country of ours. Read an article on the front page of the Spencer Evening World. The painting [...]