Sunday, February 4, 2018

Beard Park Fayetteville, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches

This painting was commissioned by a friend from college who grew up near this park. The sky in the reference photo I worked from was overexposed and pretty much blank, so I had to invent one. Originally I had a more moody, twilight feel in mind, but the painting took another direction to a more bright, daylight feel. The geese were added to add some interest to the sky.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Winter Evening, Lincklaen Street

I wanted to get the feel of a cold winter night, just after the sun goes down. The color of the sky isn't really realistic, but it better suit the mood I was after. Influenced by Maxfield Parrish twilight scenes.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Outlet

The outlet of Cazenovia Lake. I had thought of painting this scene many times before, but I could nver really figure out a composition. Then one day I was walking by at a time of day that the light was just right and the cloud that you see in the painting was passing by in just the right spot. Luckily I had my camera with me and got a good reference photo. As always, I didn't follow the photo exactly and made subtle changes here and there, but this is my version of how the lake looked that day.

Friday, March 13, 2015

"The Rectory" 16 x 20", oil on board

This is the rectory of the Catholic church that is just down the street from me. I worked from a reference photo that I took on Christmas evening. Jupiter was along side of the full moon. There's a snow covered statue of the virgin Mary in the foreground.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Early Spring" oil on board, 12 x 16"

Where the outlet of Cazenovia Lake joins Chittenango Creek. It depicts the time when the first hints of green start to appear in spring. One of my better paintings I think.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"The Pier" oil on board, 18 x 24"

The Pier at Cazenovia Lake. This one was a struggle to paint and seemed to take forever. I still wasn't sure about it when I had finished it, but it has since grown on me. It takes time to distance myself enough from a painting for me to look at it objectively. The ones I think are good at the time usually seem not quite so good after a few months, the opposite is usually true with the ones I'm not satisfied with.

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Sammy" oil on board 9 x 12"

My dog. Everyone mistakes him for a Basengi or a Corgi, but he is a Mountain  Feist, a type of squirrel hunting dog bred in the Appalachian  Mountains. This is another painting that I took time out just to do for myself.