Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Tabasco Sauce Bottle

A Tabasco sauce bottle, oil on linen board, 5" by 7", February 2008
Private collection, Scotch Plains, NJ

The Tabasco sauce bottle is an old friend of mine. Today I bought three of them (of course) and decided to try out a small study of one before I dive into something more ambitious.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Two Strawberries

Two Strawberries, oil on linen board, 5" by 7", February 2008
Private collection, Richmond, VA

Today I did a tight little study of two strawberries. Suddenly I realize how much color there is in the smallest of things, and all this time I've been looking for the big things.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Another small painting

An Apple and a Porcelain Pitcher, oil on linen board, 11"x14", February 2008
Private Collection, Charlottesville, VA

Just to liven up a dismal and dark day, I took a break from my bouquet of tulips and decided to carve out a tight little rendering of an apple and a ceramic pitcher. It's always a good challenge to find color in white porcelain against a shadowed white background.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

In the beginning...

I'm going to try out this new blog system, and I have to admit, it feels strange just writing the word "blog". I've been keeping an online journal since before the term "weblogging" which then became "blogging", which is now such a common word. Blog, blog, blog, it sounds like the noise a wet frog would make when it jumps in the mud. Weird. Anyway, I'm going to start on a series of tiny paintings. Some of these will be small versions of large paintings, others will be sketches for what might become large paintings, and others will be masterpieces on their own. And on top of all this, I'm going to make these available to all of the teaming masses that wonder how they can ever build up a collection of my work with the rising price of gas, global warming, and general economic turmoil. As Sting so eloquently put it, "When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around". My eyes are only looking toward the brave new future, and I'd like to take as many of you with me as I can. I can hardly wait until tomorrow, so stay tuned for some exciting new additions to this collection of very small paintings in the upcoming weeks.