Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cherry Red

Cherries are the shiny hard rock candy of still life painting, and I'm always surprised with how much vivid color and sparkling reflections I can continue to find the longer I study them. I could easily get caught up in trying to render minute details with even smaller brushes, but I like struggling to find the shorthand that can suggest just as much with detail with less marks, and simpler design. Of course this early in the season the cherries aren't quite as plump and luminous as they will be in the upcoming weeks, so I may revisit this subject at some point before too long.

This painting will be dry enough to be framed and shipped in a few days, just in time for you to explore all the ways that cherry red can brighten your world this holiday season.

Three Cherries, 5 inches by 7 inches




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blue Christmas

There are so few blue fruits and vegetables. I can always find a blue sheen in the reflection of sky, and I’ll often try to find the transient colors in greens that border on cobalt blue, and of course the black plum is full of wonderful violets and hints of blue in the frosted surfaces, but nothing is as vividly blue as the blueberry. This little gem will be available to be shipped on December 12th, just in time for you to enjoy a blue Christmas.

Three Blueberries, 5 inches by 7 inches


Possibilities of Pastries

Many of you may recall the frenzy that was created when I posted a painting of a slice of my wife’s cheesecake. Everything that you knew of the David Oleski portfolio was upended with a simple study of a perfect pastry. My own world went through a sense of upheaval, as I found my sense of balance and simplicity challenged by the possibility of a new realm of exploration. All of the greatest pastries in the world could have become my target, cannoli, tiramisu, baklava, gelato, flan, crème brûlée, on and on it would go. It might still happen someday, but today, this wonderful painting is still available for purchase. This will be available to be shipped on December 12th, just in time for you to ponder the possibilities of pastries in painting.

A Slice of Cheesecake, 5 inches by 7 inches



Simple and Perfect

Of course the question “which came first” is a trick question. The very ability to ask the question comes from the answer which lies in the wording of the question, with “which” coming first. The question itself is the actual first evidence of an observation of an ongoing circular pattern. Patterns in nature defy the nature of entropy, of things only falling apart and into disarray.  Patterns are sometimes the most efficient means of the dispersion of energy, and things as perfect as eggs, or as complex as art, are all part of this ongoing dissolution of all the energy of the universe. So this is why I present a painting of a simple and perfect egg. This painting will be available to be framed and shipped on December 12th, just in time for you to ponder the wonders of the universe.

An Egg, 5 inches by 7 inches



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Taste and Self Control

During the Bangkok residency I continue to post and make available paintings from the 2016 collection. If there were any regrets on not getting one of the small masterpieces last year, this year will be even better, as the accompanying gift certificate will include the full cost of packing and shipping its purchase value. The mango is always a great study in a broad range of colors, from red to  green to violet and yellow. This painting will be available to be shipped on December 12th, to arrive just in time for you to credit yourself for having great taste and self control.

A Mango, 5 inches by 7 inches




The Black Plum, Revisited

While we’re setting up the Bangkok office, there will be a few of the stellar pieces from last year’s collection being made available. If you passed up the chance to own one of these gems before, the holiday miracle of a second chance is no available to you.

This black plum painting is a great study in every color that is not black. I’m always intimidated when I start a painting of a dark subject, but by the conclusion I wind up feeling like a rock star. This painting will be available to be shipped on December 12th, just in time for you to also feel like a rock star because you made such a great decision to own it.

A Black Plum, 5 inches by 7 inches



Sparkling and Delicious

The fourth day of December brings a trio of sardines, in clear, fresh, mountain spring water. Typically I like them in olive oil, or sometimes even in mustard, but for the purpose of this painting I wanted them to sparkle with the refreshing cold goodness that only clear, fresh, mountain spring water can provide. And on this day, I will make the sparkling excitement available to you. This painting will be ready to be framed and shipped on December 12th, to arrive just in time for you to start planning your sardine dishes for the holidays. 

Three Sardines, 5 inches by 7 inches



Saturday, December 2, 2017

Red and Delicious

Here in Thailand, the sliced tomato is the only part of the papaya salad that isn’t tart, sour, salty or tear-your-face-off spicy. And it’s also the part most people never eat, so I’m getting a good taste of sliced tomatoes every time I sit down to eat with my family. As a painting subject, the tomato presents an interesting satin finish sheen to a rich and challenging red. This painting will be available to be framed and shipped on December 12th, just in time for you to have yet one more way to enjoy a delicious vine-ripened tomato. 

A Delicious Vine-Ripened Tomato
Five inches by Seven inches



Friday, December 1, 2017

A Green and Delicious Tomorrow

In the Udonthani office of the David Oleski Studio, mid-morning here is still the middle of last night back home, so it’s safe to say that I can see the future, and I’ll clue you in on what to expect for tomorrow. I can tell you right now it’s going to be green and crunchy and delicious. This stunning little study of a golden delicious apple will be available to be beautifully framed and shipped on December 12th, and only then will you realize how silly you were not to own more of these gems. 

And of course there is an occasional ghost in the machinery of these inter webs and the purchase link may not work, so feel free to email me with your desire to own this piece, or even just to find out more about the future, because, well, international date line.

A Golden Delicious Apple
5 inches by 7 inches







Golden Delicious December First

Until December 25th, I will be making available twenty five very small framed 5 inch by 7 inch paintings, for a special promotional discount price of $250, just in time for the perfect holiday gift. As though that weren’t enough of a holiday miracle, included with each painting will be a gift certificate for $250, good toward the purchase of any piece from my current and upcoming available inventory of full-sized paintings, valid from the day you receive your very small painting until December 31st of 2018. As many certificates as you collect can be combined together for any purchase, although these cannot be used in combination with any other offer or promotion, including other Very Small Paintings. The paintings will be listed as they are finished, here on the Very Small Paintings page, as well as on the Paintings of David Oleski Facebook Page, and also in conjunction with the group of talented artists at 25 Days of Minis.

Nothing says Christmas like a golden delicious apple, posing and smiling for the painting like a movie star. This painting will be available to be beautifully framed and shipped on December 12th, just in time to be enjoyed while you think of what to get for everyone else

One Golden Delicious Apple
5 inches by 7 inches Sold! 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Final Days of Darkness

On this winter solstice I'm wrapping up the final entries in the 2017 25 Days of Christmas holiday promotion. I've learned some good things about observation and rendition, and there have been a few adventures in new subjects. I'm excited to see how these studies might start to become part of the larger works I'll be finishing for a big gallery show in May of 2017. 

Two Pieces of Sushi
5 inches by 7 inches

Three Blueberries
5 inches by 7 inches

A Mango
5 inches by 7 inches

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Big Week of Small Paintings

As I'm as busy as possible with painting and keeping up with the rituals of holiday food and drink, I finally have time to get caught up on showing some of the recent paintings, some of which are still available for purchase.

Three Sardines on a Small Plate
SOLD! Private collection, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

An Espresso Cup
SOLD! Private collection, Brooklyn, New York

A Glass of Orange Juice
SOLD! Private collection, Richmond, Virginia

A Slice of Cantaloupe
5 inches by 7 inches

A Yellow Bell Pepper
5 inches by 7 inches

Two Forelle Pears
5 inches by 7 inches

Three Raspberries
SOLD! Private collection, Richmond, Virginia

An Egg
5 inches by 7 inches

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Three Tangerine Pieces

Every year I like to revisit the glowing colors of tangerine pieces. The contrast between luminosity and light and shadow is always a great course of study. The interesting arrangements and spacing starts to feel like my larger and more complex compositions, but unfortunately this subject doesn't read well when portrayed any larger than very small. 


Three Tangerine Pieces
5 inches by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

A Chocolate Chip Cookie, Broken

As I delve deeper into my pastry series, I found a chocolate chip cookie leftover from last week's Downingtown Main Street Association Christmas party. Certain subjects seems to have no depth or luster, like bread, potatoes, rocks, clam shells and cookies, but the accent points of the chocolate chips gave a dynamic element that I could really sink my teeth into, so to speak.


A Chocolate Chip Cookie, Broken
5 inches by 7 inches

Monday, December 12, 2016

Three Blue Berries

I always hate myself just a little when I line up three blueberries and paint them as though they were any other subject that I'll paint as three in a row. That they work so well in this small format is no small comfort to me, as I feel that I'm guilty of taking a cheap shot at creating an instantly attractive little painting. There is always a little room to explore how blue fades to grey and violet and black in several different directions at once, but in a subject so small, the tiniest fleck of a color describes something that may or may not be the product of truly academic observation and execution. Aside from all this, the paintings are always lovely little gems, despite how they make my heart turn just one shade closer to black.

Three Blueberries
5 inches by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Just Say Cheese

I decided to study a new and different subject, a slice of my wife's cheesecake. Graham cracker crust, with an ample zest of lemon to add tart in place of sweet, this is probably the most perfect dessert outside of an actual French pastry shop. Capturing it in paint was a challenge, as it lacks sheen, depth or luminosity, and I spent more time exploring reflections in the plate than I did studying any nuance of surface or color. 


A Slice of Cheesecake
5 inches by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Few More Very Small Paintings

As I've been so busy painting these past few weeks, I haven't been up on getting images posted. Today I'll do a little catch-up. I've had some great painting experiences, especially with the details of two olives, and the Campari tomato.

A Painting of a Mango
Sold! Private collection

Two Olives on a Small Plate
Sold! Private collection, Richmond, Virginia

A Tomato

A Golden Delicious Apple
Sold! Private collection, Ardmore, Pennslyvania

Another Golden Delicious Apple
Sold! Private collection, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three Pistachios

On this sixth day of December, I just finished the sixth painting of the 25 Days of Christmas series. Last weekend was taken up with the big final show of 2016, the One of a Kind Show in Chicago. The massive grandeur of Chicago and the Merchandise Mart never ceases to amaze and astound me. Right now, it's nice to be home to get back to work.

Three Pistachios, 5 inches by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection, Austin, Texas

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

All the Good Things Red

I feel that I have a certain acuity for certain color ranges. Green, as it goes yellow or blue, and as it goes gray with red, comes easily to me. Yellow and the tints of warm and green and the magic of pale violet seems to also be well within my vocabulary of color. Red, however, always seems to confound me. Warmth tends to also emulate light or luminosity, and cool tends to become more than a lack of light, but a lack of body, and green seems to go into a place of darkness and mystery. Juggling these three aspects has always been a challenge for me, but that doesn't stop me from continuing to attempt to learn something from some vivid red subjects. 

A Red Plum
5 by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection

A Red Pear
5 by 7 inches
Sold! Private collection, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Ripe and Delicious Mango

Until December 25th, I will be making available twenty five very small framed 5 inch by 7 inch paintings, for a special promotional discount price of $240, just in time for the perfect holiday gift. As though that weren’t enough of a holiday miracle, included with each painting will be a gift certificate for $240, good toward the purchase of any piece from my current and upcoming available inventory of full-sized paintings, valid from the day you receive your very small painting until December 31st of 2017. As many certificates as you collect can be combined together for any purchase, although these cannot be used in combination with any other offer or promotion, including other Very Small Paintings. The paintings will be listed as they are finished, here on the Very Small Paintings page, as well as on the Paintings of David Oleski Facebook Page, to be sold through the modern miracle of Ebay.

Nothing says happy holidays like a ripe and delicious mango.


A Ripe and Delicious Mango
Sold! Private collection


Monday, November 23, 2015

A Painting of a Raw Oyster

A few weeks ago I learned how to shuck oysters. Interesting that one of the more expensive things you can order in a restaurant takes as much skill to prepare as opening a can of paint. It reminds me of something artist Robert Jackson told me. At one of his openings, standing in front of a giant painting of balloon dogs, mention was made that he makes his own balloon dogs. One woman was surprised that he was so talented, and he wondered if being able to create a lifelike painting of balloon dogs didn't also count for talent. 

This was an interesting subject, with not enough shell visible to reveal the mother-of-pearl iridescence, but interesting assortment of textures from wet and shiny to polished shiny to the crusty outside surface of the shell.


Sold! Private collection, Richmond, Virginia

Three Blueberries

Few things are such a vivid blue as blueberries.


Sold! Private collection, undisclosed location

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Hungarian Wax Pepper

Nothing is as challenging as the vivid yellows and oranges of a big yellow pepper. Reflections are every bit as important as the translucent quality of this vegetable. The whole thing lights up with the glow of sunlight, resulting in a great lesson in color observation.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Red D,Anjou Pear

Until December 25th, I will be making available twenty five very small framed 5 inch by 7 inch paintings, for a special promotional discount price of $240, just in time for the perfect holiday gift. As though that weren’t enough of a holiday miracle, included with each painting will be a gift certificate for $240, good toward the purchase of any piece from my current and upcoming available inventory of full-sized paintings, valid from the day you receive your very small painting until December 31st of 2016. As many certificates as you collect can be combined together for any purchase, although these cannot be used in combination with any other offer or promotion. The paintings will be listed as they are finished, here on the Very Small Paintings page, as well as on the Paintings of David Oleski Facebook Page, to be sold through the modern miracle of Ebay.

All things begin with a red pear.


Sold! Private collection, San Francisco, California

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ambrosia Apple

The amazing size and color of the Ambrosia apple makes a shocking statement in any fruit basket. And of course I can't help but using it to make a shocking statement in a very small painting.

Ambrosia Apple
Private collection