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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My work at the West Coast Art and Frame Expo in Las Vegas



                                                                      BOAT/24

Thursday, January 28, 2016

FIGURE 19

FIGURE 19
40" x 30"
Oil on .75" stretched canvas

So... this is different, you may say. I continue to work towards less descriptive-still in keeping with less detail, more information.  My goal is for people to spend more time looking and see more every time. I also want to combine all of my skills, the gestural drawing, the palette knife and brushwork.   One way for that to happen is to paint more than one figure.   I also wanted to find another way to handle the negative space, other than the planes of my other FIGURES.  I decided I could use my background of wallpaper and fabric design and my extensive floral design history and use the organic shapes, mingling with the figures.  This is a larger painting which allows me the space to do some pretty interesting things.

DETAILS (below) 




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BOAT/30


BOAT/30
11" x 14"
Oil on .75" stretched canvas
This was painted as a demo in my workshop on January 9.  There were 14 people signed up and it was really a terrific day.  I got about halfway on Saturday and went back to it and finished today.  It is alright!  It is difficult to concentrate on my own work during the class and I do much more talking than working, so I was a bit worried about pulling this together.   As all of my paintings are, it is wired and includes wall hardware for immediate display and is coated with archival vanish for protection.

Below is the painting as it was when I left the workshop.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

DUNES XLII

DUNES XLII
34" x 54"
Oil on  1.75 Belgian linen

Tranquil or no?

Monday, December 14, 2015

NYC Galleries Post 1 Alfred Leslie


Allan Stone Projects
535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd Floor New York  NY  10011


I went to New York to visit Chelsea Galleries last weekend.  I will be posting the galleries and the exhibitions that I saw.  Today is Post 1 Alfred Leslie.   I REALLY loved this-all of it, including the color, grid composition and the gestural and  geometric abstraction.  I probably think you know that those very descriptions are what I strive to include in my FIGURES Series. So, it is probably no surprise to you that I love this. Many of his paintings include collage and offer narratives- beach/water/landscape/breezy flag.  I see more information, less detail- always my goal and I am enthralled with Alfred Leslie's work.

Alfred Leslie was born in 1927 in NY where he still lives and works.  His early work, featured in this exhibition is Abstract Expressionism.  His later work, in the mid 1960's, changed course towards realistic figurative and unnatural realism.  He even looks like a guy I would like to know.   Look him up, if you are interested! 
Alfred Leslie

Alfred Leslie, Lake Front Property, 1962, oil on canvas, 11'h x 8'w (courtesy Hi
Alfred Leslie, Lake Front Property, 1962, oil on canvas, 11'h x 8'w 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

FIGURE 17

FIGURE 17
24" x 18"
Oil on .75 stretched canvas
Continuing my FIGURES Series, I began this with a simpler painting in mind!  Once again, I kept going.  This has very developed color and more detail than the previous FIGURES.  It is bold, for sure.    I have always felt that what differentiates  any piece of art , is the decision making.  It is a very special process. This isn't just a copy of my inspiration, in this case, the female figure.  It is my own addition of color and shapes. It is my handling of the paint, brushes and pencils.  It is the application of my knowledge of design concepts.   It is inherent and learned.  It is my gestural markings and my hand that make it different that any other artist.  I would love for the viewer to consider why I do what I do, consider what every artist has done and question, "Why?".  Zoom in.  It is unlikely than any other artist  would do what I have done.  It is like a snowflake, no two are the same.  It is directed by my own sense of art and unique to me.  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

DUNES XLI


DUNES XLI
15" x 30"
Oil on .75" hand-stretched Belgian linen
DETAILS (below)




I have been trying new colors and getting looser with the gestural drawing with the palette knives and brushes on the DUNES Series.  I invite you to zoom in and see what is happening.   They are very fun to create.  I have said this many times in blog posts, but I was starting out with a softer palette in mind.  It didn't end up that way!

Monday, November 30, 2015

BOAT/29

BOAT/29
15" x 20"
Oil on .75" hand-stretched Belgian linen
This is painted with a limited number of tubes of oil paint for a harmonious palette and unlimited color creations.  As all of my paintings are, it is wired and includes wall hardware for immediate display and is coated with archival vanish for protection.

Monday, November 23, 2015

SOLD and off to NJ

SOLD to a Collector in  New Jersey
DUNES XXXVI
11/2/2015
15" x 30" 
Oil on hand stretched  .75" Belgian linen

Friday, November 20, 2015

DUNES XL


DUNES XL
15" x 36"
Oil on .75" hand-stretched Belgian linen
DETAILS (below)


DUNES XXXIX

 DUNES XXXIX
24" x 48"
Oil on .75" stretched canvas
DETAILS (below)



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Well we're movin on up,


to a deluxe apartment in the sky...

My View.

My new studio address:
1100 Liberty Avenue #1119
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

So happy.  A place all for painting. Little kitchen. Full bath. Great view and light.  It doesn't get any better.   Call for a studio tour!

Friday, November 13, 2015

DUNES XXXVIII


DUNES XXXVIII
15" x 18"
Oil on .75" hand-stretched Belgian linen
DETAILS (below)