Leaves, Landscape, and a nude

Its been a random week painting-wise.

I did a rainy landscape city view – unfortunately the light was fading and the strongest part of the painting is the top facade of the supermarket.

untitled: Oil on panel. 8"x20" 2015

untitled: Oil on panel. 8″x20″ 2015

I did two obligatory fall leaves paintings which are probably the strongest of the group:

untitled (leaf study 1) : Oil on board. 6"x9" 2015

untitled (leaf study 1) : Oil on board. 6″x9″ 2015

untitled (leaf study 2) : Oil on board. 6"x9" 2015

untitled (leaf study 2) : Oil on board. 6″x9″ 2015

And I did a very quick nude dude sitting on a couch.  Like you do.

untitled : Oil on board. 6"x9" 2015

untitled : Oil on board. 6″x9″ 2015

A “quick” study

This was intended as a quick study, but ended up taking about an hour for the drawing and about 2.5 hours for the painting.

I need to go back in and add some details once the main painting dries.

untitled : Oil on linen. 9"x12" 2015

untitled : Oil on linen. 9″x12″ 2015

And here it is with the final details added: trees, street light, lettering, some extra windows, and some power lines.  Adds a little more depth and texture.

untitled : Oil on linen. 9"x12" 2015

untitled : Oil on linen. 9″x12″ 2015

Finally!

After a very successful Somerville Open Studios I kind of dropped off the artmaking map.

But finally – after a full month of not painting – I have finished another painting.

The goal of this piece was to capture a bit of the anonymous beauty of living in Somerville.  I’m quite taken with the way the light rakes across the buildings at sunset, and the simple repetitive geometry of the triple decker houses.

Another House. Oil on board. 11"x14" 2014.

Another House. Oil on board. 11″x14″ 2014.

10 Landscape Sketches

These are little thumbnails I do as warmups before actual painting.  I usually work from photos on my phone and the corresponding sketch is about the same size – usually in the 3-4″ range.