Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Trio of Tiny Romantic Landscapes at ACCI Gallery

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I have a large collection of antique frames that I often use for my paintings.  Being very old, a bit distressed, and in irregular sizes they add a quirky beauty to my artwork, I think.  Because of the odd sizing I have to create my own "canvasses", usually out of acid-free heavy museum board.  I cut it to size and gesso it, then I brush on a thinned oil wash to make the white board more of a warm mid-tone (usually a mix of ochre and burnt sienna). Once that is dry I can start painting.

These three little paintings are inspired by the romantic landscapes of the 19th century.  Two are California scenes, and one is inspired by a painting by my artistic hero Caspar David Friedrich - a German painter of the early 1800's.  (He also inspired my gouache painting of the barn owl, described in my posting of April 2014.)

The frames are very small - a maximum of about 5" x 6" outside measurements - so the paintings had to be even smaller!  This makes for challenging brushwork, tiny brushes, and a limited palette.  All of this is kind of fun, because painting that small means you're limited to essential detail, and not much more.

All are currently exhibited and for sale at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.

Romantic Landscape 1:  After Caspar David Friedrich
oil on panel, antique Adirondack frame.

Romantic Landscape 2: Alameda Palms
oil on panel, antique Adirondack frame.

Romantic Landscape 3: Rainbow, Fort Bragg
oil on panel, antique frame.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

My New Website!

I am launching a new website, with images of virtually all of my paintings on it. It is mainly a portfolio site so that viewers can see a lot of my work in one place, and can contact me about any of the pieces. Many of my original paintings are for sale, and I also have greeting cards and good quality gicleé prints in stock. The website is linked to this blog, and has a contact page for queries.  So far it's a work in progress (it still doesn't read as well as it should on a cell phone, and I didn't realize just how many paintings I've done - and how many images of them I still have to upload!), but it's live as of this week - check it out at: