Vermilion, OH

Studio journal 1/18/16

Sub Rosa, the unfinished painting on the easel, is moving along.  The underpainting is nearly done.  The white-seeming ground visible throughout the painting is actually a middle-ish gray tone.  Compare it with your eyes to the dab of white in the middle of the palette. Sub Rosa is based on photos taken during last year’s Festival…

In the studio 8/20/16

It’s curious how problems can disappear.  Sometimes when I take up a painting that I struggled with, the solution is blindingly obvious.  How was it that I struggled?  Today was like that with Victory Park I.  I had struggled with some passages but today everything fell into place.  I had a healing brush; everything was…

In the studio 6/4/16

Main Street #1 is another painting based on Vermilion’s Main St. I already finished Main Street #2 even though I started it after #1. I plan several more paintings around the same theme. I’m still not satisfied with parts of it so until I am, I’ll keep at it.

In the studio 2/7/16

Woman in Purple Boots II is getting to that point where it’s fun to paint. The groundwork has been done and now it’s time to have fun. Painting can be compared to building a house. You need to calculate the amount of cement, 2″ x 4″s, and roof shingles. You need to calculate the time needed…

In the studio 2/1/16

I worked on the two small painting in the upper-right. The portrait is based on a photo I took of a friend in Princeton. It’s a very poor photo–underexposed and out of focus. In the photo, the background is a formless, dark mass. I’m having fun making up the details.  I even put a building…

Snow-crusted Lake Erie

The east coast is blasted by a historical storm–over two feet of snow in Washington. Airports from NC to New England are closed. For once, the worst weather in the eastern part of the country isn’t over us here in NE Ohio. The weather has been very winter-like lately but, overall, the winter has been…

In the studio 6/21/15

Unfortunately, the overcast skies resulted in a dark photograph of Sunday Parade.  The studio’s bank of natural-light lamps washes out the colors in photographs, so I have to make due with this dark photo or none at all.  The painting has a long way to go but parts are done; such as the figure on the far…