Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another interior...

"The Sitting Room" - 16x16"

I completed my latest project today, "The Sitting Room", which I've been working on for the past few weeks. I abandoned my usual bright palette for much more muted tones, which seemed fitting for the cold winter's afternoon the photograph for this painting was taken on.

Interiors really appeal to me, in particular light and shadow. With this scene, I especially loved the way the light fell in the room and reflected back into the space, softly illuminating the walls and other objects. To create the illusion of space on a flat surface is an exciting challenge.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

ALRI Associate Members Show

"End of Winter Sale" 2009 - 16x24"

It's showtime again. This time I entered a painting into the Art League of Rhode Island exhibit "End of Winter" at Spring Bull Gallery in Newport, which opened tonight. I named my painting "End of Winter Sale". Not very original, I know, but I was trying to be clever.

I've also just completed two other paintings for the Portsmouth Arts Guild Annual Members All-Media Exhibition which starts March 12. I went for a floral theme, inspired by some beautiful pale pink tulips I'd been given in February for my birthday. My style was much more representational with these pieces, only because I wanted to render the beauty of the flowers more accurately.

I have one more month to paint and prepare for the upcoming shows before I'm away on holiday for 3 weeks. I'm going to New Zealand in April to visit family and friends. I only get back home every 2 years or so, so I'm really looking forward to the trip, and hoping for a lot of photo ops so I can paint up a storm when I get back.

"Ballerina" and "Tulips" 2009 - 11x14"