Friday, October 17, 2014

White cup and acorns



White cup and acorns: oil on 16" x 20" wrapped canvas $500

Thanks for hanging in there, I am struggling to paint of late so I haven't had much success with many paintings I start but the occasional I do finish one and am happy with, like this one.

I am always a fan of the little guy so I found this small white cup near the mail box the other day I just had to paint it and of course make it the star of the show. So I decided to put some large objects behind it to emphasis the scale of it.

Enjoy
Dave

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Oh My...

 Title: Golden pears
Oil on wrapped canvas 11" x 14"
Price $350 cdn
It's been so long since I posted here so sorry about that, I will try not to let that happen again.

On my wife's latest trip to the grocery store she found these little pears, leaves and all, good find for me, not sure if she wanted to eat them or not, but I scooped them up before she had the chance. Each on is about 2 inches in height so even if she wanted them they wouldn't make much of a snack. the composition is a change from what I have been doing lately, a welcome change.


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Enjoy, if you have any question feel free to ask away.
Dave

Friday, August 01, 2014

Socket

Socket: Oil on 16" x 12" wrapped canvas $400

I like the idea of taking objects that you might not expect to see in a traditional still life,  look for me to expand on this idea a little. Most of the painting has a great warmth to it, so for my little socket and what ever you call the thing with the elbow, I decided I would try and paint them using cooler colors. My hope was that the difference in temperature and contrast against everything else would help to bring focus to this area. I know the rule of warm colors come forward and cool colors recede but that isn't always true.

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Enjoy, comment welcome
Dave

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brass bell

 Brass bell still life painting Oil on 16" x 20" canvas $400


Hey long time since I made a post, hope everyone is doing great. As I build my art career I have a full time job usually I work about 4 days a week but the last few weeks it has been considerably more so I haven't had a great deal of time in front of the easel, this week things have settled down a bit so I did sneak in some time to paint this.

This little bell is usually lurking in many of my paintings, usually in the background or the shadows, but thought I would put it centre stage this time. I don't know if you noticed but my brush strokes are getting a little swirly.


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Enjoy,
Dave

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dried rose

Dried Rose Oil on 16" x 20" canvas $500

This painting was quite the battle but yes I am persistent and kept at it so for that I am happy, regardless of the end result although I really like how it turned out not exactly how I planned it but I like the direction I went with this. I think it's time for some much needed R&R, I think a trip to the Ocean is in order.

I thought now I would answer a question I Often I get asked and that is "How do I know a painting is done?", my thought on this is when I can't make anymore improvements to an area or the painting, I feel that a painting is never done, I have just stopped working on it. Which leads me into something else, when I show my work to artists or admires I may get a comment that you should fix this area or work this a little more, I do take in the information but never carry out any of the suggestions, not that I think that the comment was wrong. I believe the painting is finished once it leaves my easel, I could go back and fix paintings as my skills improve and I see things better but I think for me a least that on the day it left my easel it was the best I could do at the time, and to change it would feel wrong.



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Enjoy
Dave

Sunday, June 08, 2014

​Amaryllis

Amaryllis Oil on wrapped canvas 11" x 14"

This flower or what is left of it has been siting on a table for a couple of months lying dormant but all of a sudden these leaves started to grow, and continued to do so unchecked, I doubt it will flower again this time but who knows, anyway it begged to be painted. I think I have managed to work through my slump, even if I haven't made it all the way back the paintings I am producing I really like.

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Cheers
Dave

Friday, May 30, 2014

Blues


Here is what I have been working on this week, working in my studio under my light on my easel this one was turning out fine, but in normal lighting this seems a bit on the dark side, I have shown this to a few people and they all seem to think it is ok, it was my plan as the light for my setup was behind the blue bottle and glass pointing at the vase in the back to cast some light through the glass to cast some blue highlights in the foreground. To ease my soul I really pumped up the light on the vase to draw even more attention to it. What do you think? No title yet as I am not sure it's done.

Cheers
Dave

Friday, May 16, 2014

Smoldering apple

 Smoldering apple Oil on 16" x 12" wrapped canvas $400

 It has been a few months since I have painted an apple, I know right what is wrong with me. One day I will get it right but I am getting closer. I seem to be turning a corner and things are starting to look up again so I had a little fun with this, during this painting I kept reminding myself to use more paint, I also had to remind myself not to get to tight so I do have some issues with the drawing but overall I find it works for me. I may update the photo in a week or so as I just can't seem to get a good shot of it so I apologize, once it dries out a bit more I will try again.


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Comments are always welcome.

Cheers
Dave

Friday, May 09, 2014

Relic

Relic: Oil on 18" x 24" wrapped canvas $550

For those that watched this in development, you know that I have been a in a slump and the only way I know to get past it is to just work through it, I started this with so much self doubt and indecisiveness that I didn't think I would get anywhere, A painter friend of mine gave me some words of encouragement and told me that it's means that you are about to move up a level, still unclear if that is the case but near the end of this painting I was really starting to get into a groove and started enjoying the process so perhaps she was right, as always. Any thoughts? Oh and the title "Relic" refers to the incandescent light bulb that I can no longer buy here in Canada, which is too bad as I use them for my studio lights. To purchase this painting or for more details visit my Etsy Shop

on another note Just a reminder I am one of the featured artist at the Pazan Gallery 3 Benson Avenue, Port Credit and my work will be on display until May 21st, I will be in there on Tuesday the 13th @ 6:30 pm til 8 pm if you want to stop by and chat for an evening of art, music and refreshments at the gallery. more info can be found at pazangallery.com

I also Have am participating in the Spring '14 group show at the Tag Gallery in St. Catharines, show runs until May 17th, I have 3 pieces in the show, why not stop by and see them if you are in the area. details can be found here http://www.tagartgallery.ca/spring-14-group-show/

Cheers and have a great day
Dave

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Brass Creamer

Brass Creamer : oil on 11" x  14" paint board $350

I love painting reds, especially against a dark background, just love the colour combination. I don't normally paint such a dark background but sometimes a painting just needs it. The design here probably could have been a bit stronger but I diverged from my original concept a bit, so to fill some of the negative space I choose to use colour instead of adding any other objects and it worked out pretty well. I changed my process a bit for this as well, normally I start roughing in the background and a bit of the foreground but this time I went straight for my brass creamer and the intense red reflection and worked outwards from there and then went back to the creamer at the end.

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Enjoy
Dave

Friday, April 04, 2014

Grapes with platter

Grapes with platter: oil on wrapped canvas 18" x 24" $550

 I wanted to create a companion piece to the last large painting I just completed, but this time I wanted to use more secondary colours as my theme, hence the vast amount of orange and greens off set with a little purple. This painting and the other one similar to this really look great together, pleased with how they both turned out. This one took a lot longer to complete compared to the other, I thought I was almost finished but realized my design needed a bit more work, hate when that happens, I had even drawn it out before hand, with a small thumbnail the design work but when I blew it up it just needed more. Any way all is good, lesson learned.

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Enjoy,
Dave

Sunday, March 30, 2014

happenings and things

Hey, I'm back. I actually didn't realize how long it was since my last post, thanks for hanging in there. So let's get to it, April 12th and13th I am participating in the Arts on the credit art festival in Port Credit, first time for me, it's held in the Waterside Inn. More details can be found here.  I have also included a free admission coupon for you to print at home and bring to get in for free, free is good.



I am also working on my latest painting,  a lot of color with this one I have had 2 painting sessions 1 day went great but the 2nd not so much, but that's how it goes sometimes, no worries, I just keep plugging away, hopefully tomorrow will go better. I have decided to work on a few larger pieces, this one is 18 x 24.

Cheers,
Dave


Thursday, March 06, 2014

Vessels

Vessels: Oil on 18" x 24" canvas $550

Walking past the dining room last week I saw the flowers I had bought for my lovely wife sitting on the table in a vase, they had been there for quite sometime so by this time only 1 rose survived, it was dried and shrived but the leafs are some kind of tropical plant and there where holding up just fine, and really caught my eye, so I scoped it up glass plate and all and scurried off to my studio, my wife by now is getting use to the idea that things will eventually end up in my studio so she doesn't complain to much. All she asks is that I don't break anything, for me this can a difficult challenge in itself.

I don't paint large paintings very often but this really called for it, and I like the challenge.

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Cheers,
Dave

Monday, March 03, 2014

Vase work in progress


Here is my work in progress, looks like winter is showing no signs of letting up, good times!

Here is the painting I started on Friday, worked a bit on Sunday and then back at it today, this is quite a large canvas for me 18" x 24" which brings it's own set of challenges, thought I should paint in my anchor object first and block in some of the foliage, I manage to work through my indecisiveness from the start. Now I am working systematically across the canvas, have to pack up and head off to work soon, so that's it for today, have a great day everyone


Dave

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Goose


Goose: Oil on 20" x 16" canvas $500

 I am sure you noticed I haven't been posting as much lately, my quality of painting has gone up but quantity is down but I am good with that, a lot more thought goes into every colour and brushstroke I put down, good times. I painted a demo last night in my intro to oils class last night and half way through I got stuck and couldn't rebound, it was a topic I know quite well, just couldn't match the words to what I was painting, so I stopped and one of my students said oh well, we get the idea, let's paint. Cool. I have great students.
 
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Cheers
Dave

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Granny smith

Granny Smith: Oil on 11" x 14" canvas $350

So with this painting, I wanted to paint with soft light, so I turned the light a little so I could get softer values and have a more subdued painting while still creating a strong enough light for the apple, I am ok with that. The red cloth was a last minute addition, which really helped this out.


Cheers
Dave

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pear

Pear: Still life Oil on 11" x 14"canvas  $350
I Just put the finishing touches on this one, I liked the way my block went with this so I decided to leave the overall looseness with this and treat it more of a sketch. Pleased.

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Onward and upward,
Cheers and enjoy,
Dave

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Stripes


Stripes: Oil on 11" x 14" paint board $350

It's been quite some time since I have posted a painting, my time at the moment is pretty divided between work, painting and teaching which doesn't leave much time in front of the easel here in my studio, I have done a bunch of demos so I am still painting but mostly quick sketches and examples of how to paint, but I am enjoying teaching, I am creating lessons week by week so this takes a bit of planning, my students are great and all in the early stages so it's fun to watch them grow.

Anyway enjoy
peace
Dave

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Brass Urn and tangerine

 Brass Urn and tangerine: 9" x 12" oil on linen $250

Hey folks, I started a painting my last Mississauga art society meeting but sort of went of the rails, so scraped it, but decided to give it another go, turned out a little better.

On another note, my Oil painting basics course is going well, last week we made colour wheels, oh what fun, this week coming, Value, should be fun. You know you think you really understand something until you have to explain it.

More info can be found here on purchasing this painting


Peace out
Dave

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blue Monday

So apparently this is the most depressing day of the year, best of luck today, I guess people start to realize we are in the dead of winter and it's going to be a long time before it started to warm up, not so much for me today.

So it's been a great week, Tuesday I started teaching at Visual Arts Mississauga as a Intro to Oil painting Instructor, went well for my very first time teaching, all my students were very eager to learn, and had a lot of fun doing it, looking forward to the next 7 weeks.

I also just received word that 2 of my paintings sold while at the TAG gallery in St. Catharines So exciting. Overflow and Summers' Muse off to their new forever home.

No painting to post today, I started a sketch on Thursday, it was going pretty well but fell off the rails mid way through, I did like the concept, so I will start over, I have a busy week so it might be awhile though please bare with me.

Talk to you soon
Dave

Friday, January 10, 2014

Clementines and leaves

Clementines and Leaves Oil on 20" x 16" wrapped canvas $500

Welcome to my first painting of 2014

This was a learning experience that's for sure, since my last post I have been working and reworking and working some more then changing my original idea, hate when that happens as I am all about planning. Overall this has a nice feel to it.

The cloth I had everything sitting on was a woven rug with a pretty complex pattern and I choose to completely ignore it for better or worse as it was getting too distracting. I think what I really like is the background elements are really blended and items in the foreground have nice loose bold brush stokes, this works for me.



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Enjoy,
Dave

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New year

Happy 2014, I hope it is a great year for all of you.

Although sales haven't been exactly where I would like them to be, 2013 was a good year for me, my work has steadily improved over the year and even though I complain about how I struggle constantly, I do see glimmers of hope with each painting I produce, just takes time and patience. For example if you look at my last painting "Warmth" from my last post and compare it to the 1st painting I produce in 2013, I see a remarkable change.



This year I have some big plans or goals, I have already applied to a few major art events, and planning to have a solo show in the late summer early fall so stay tuned for more details. I am also thinking about taking a a few workshops this year, have a few in mind.

I have also been approached to teach a course on oil painting basics so if you live close to Mississauga why not come study with me, here are the details, Although it is a basic course I plan to include some more advanced techniques and thoughts on painting in general.

Have a great year and thanks for all your support!
Dave