6.06.2012

Black Earring

Sometimes the most interesting thing about a portrait is not the likeness of a face but the way lines and shapes are organized to make that likeness. For the most part I think, I hope, I achieved a likeness of the model in this painting... but more importantly the question is, "Is it interesting to look at?" This is a constant challenge to artists, me included. My attempt at interestingness (not a word, I know) for this piece was to get down on the canvas a sort of lyrical rhythm I saw on the model, a swoop of the hair down to the ear, a line carried over into the half circle of the hair clip, a dark shape on the back of the neck blending into the scarf carrying a line of movement down and away from the face...



Black Earring 
10x12 inches - Oil on linen 
Purchase

4.19.2012

Four Plums

It's been awhile... but I have good excuses, promise:) Here are some plums...





















Four Plums
6x8 inches - Oil on linen
SOLD

1.02.2012

Early Mountain Snow

Happy New Year everyone! Hope your 2012 is a good one.

Early Morning Snow
17x17 inches - Oil on linen

11.06.2011

Two Sketches

A couple of recent sketches from downtown Salt Lake City,  Courthouse.  It was a beautiful sunny day that ultimately submitted to grey sky's and white snow.  Winter is just around the corner.

























Clock Tower
8x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
Available


























Clock Tower
8x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
Available

7.14.2011

5.10.2011

4.21.2011

Head Sketch no.3

The key to being a good artist's model is an ability to hold a pose for an extended period of time.  Some are better at it than others.  Some models drift constantly from the original pose, some like to talk a lot, and some fall asleep.  But then there are those models who can hold a pose in stillness for hours at at time.... not an easy task.  I often wonder, while I'm painting them, what it is they're thinking of as they stare off over my shoulder in a steady gaze.  Have they perfected some sort of zen like mindset to maintain focus?  Or, maybe they're just going over the items they need to pick up later at the grocery store.

Head Sketch no.3
14x11 inches - Oil on linen panel
Available

4.18.2011

Still Life with Turnips

When I lived in Scotland I ate a lot of turnips and potatoes.  This kind of meal is often affectionately refered to as "Neeps and Tatties".  For some reason I felt silly saying it that way.



Still Life with Turnips
12x16 inches - Oil on stretched linen
SOLD

4.07.2011

Evening Landscape

Exploring a bit with this one. I started with a warmer base than usual.. a strong reddish brown. I think it really adds to the contrast and mood of the scene to have those hints of warm brown showing through the top layer of paint. It set a nice unexpected tone for the piece.


This painting is available framed upon request:

 
Evening Landscape
8x10 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

4.05.2011

Strawberries and Bottle


This painting is available framed upon request:
Strawberries and Bottle
6x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

3.30.2011

Flowers with Red Vase

I've been working on this painting for the last couple of days. I typically paint in one session and then I'm eager to move on to the next piece. It's a nice change of pace to slow down and take it all in. Some things need more time to be appreciated.

Flowers with Red Vase
14x11 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

3.27.2011

Flower

Many thanks to those who have bid on the Help Japan Auctions.  The Daily Paintworks and participating artists have raised about $18,000 so far.  That's awesome!

Today's painting...

Flower
6x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

3.22.2011

Help Japan Auction - Salt & Pepper Shakers

Buy a painting and help Japan! All proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.  Please consider bidding on this painting or on one of the other paintings donated to the cause over on DailyPaintworks. Here's a direct link to bid on this painting.  More info about the auction and bidding can be found here.
Thanks -Justin

Salt and Pepper Shakers
6x7 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

3.18.2011

The Help Japan Challenge

The Challenge on Daily Paintworks this week will be: The Help Japan Challenge. Please consider entering a painting for it, and/or help spread the word.  Click here to read the details. We'll be posting the challenge tomorrow, Saturday March 19.  It should be a great event!

3.07.2011

Bosc Pear

This painting is available framed upon request:
Bosc Pear
7x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

3.02.2011

Midday Sky


Available framed upon request:
Midday Sky
6x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

2.15.2011

Winter Sketch

Sometimes a painting is all about the mood.  It's not necessarily about the subject but rather the feeling that is painted.  That's how I feel about this sketch.

Winter Sketch
6x6 inches - Oil on linen panel
SOLD

This painting is available framed upon request