Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cape Cod Painting in the Wind

Here is a photo of me painting right before sunset in Provincetown from a recent painting trip.  The wind was very strong this evening so I was holding onto my paint box for dear life so that it wouldn't fly away....

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Painting

Here is a "New" painting, I say "New" instead of New, because it is an old painting that I had kicking around for a while, I re-worked and changed a few things that were bothering me about the painting.  I do this from time to time if the paintings are around long enough...if there is something about the painting that stands out to me.  

"Shade from the Hat" oil/canvas 8x10

Friday, October 22, 2010

Garry Gilmartin 1949-2010

Garry Gilmartin

I was sorry to hear about the passing of artist, Garry Gilmartin while on my recent painting trip to Cape Cod.  I showed in a gallery with him out there for about 5 years.  Only met him a few times, but the few times we talked we had great conversations about art and he recently gave me a really nice panel to paint on.

Here is some info on Garry:

"Sunday Morning"  by Garry Gilmartin

Garry Gilmartin was born in Palmer, Massachusetts in 1949. He attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut and spent a postgraduate year studying under Ken Davies. For the next 15 years, Garry pursued an award-winning commercial illustration career in New York City and Boston.  
Mr. Gilmartin fell in love with Cape Cod while visiting friends and commercial illustration became a thing of the past as he became immersed in painting New England, its structures and its people. The positive response to his fine art work came immediately. His work is in the permanent collection of the Ashville Art Museum,
Ashville, NC.

According to Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Garry Gilmartin’s paintings are “a magical window into a world of tranquil beauty.” He managed “to capture the essence of light falling across form and, by passing that image through a personal filter of emphasis and subordination, brought the viewer along to share his inspiration.”

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classical Underground 10.25.10

From the Classical Underground Blog (www.classicalunderground.blogspot.com)

 Classical Underground Showcase:
 Focus on Design in Painting: The Three Compadres
Glenn Dean, Logan Hegege, Eric Merrell

As the newest stage of contemporary realism, which I came to call NOVOREALISM, is gaining steam with great new generation of young American talent, it is showing itself in a diverse variety of existing and distinct forms.

"Realism" in painting is often thought of as something that "looks just like a photograph," which in fact cannot be further from its actual substance. "Photorealism" is a respected and established part of a modernist expression, which is aimed at recreating a technological effect of a photograph. "Realism" is based solely on the laws and principles of a human perception of a visual world. Even when "realist" painters use photographs (even though when they do, it is most often as a very secondary reference) it is done entirely based on their long-developed ability to interpret visual reality "live."

One of the key elements of this human interpretation of "real" is our sense of "design" which is aimed at making personal choices of importance and priorities within the chosen subject through the arrangement of main compositional forms - something no techno gadget is capable of making regardless of a price tag.

Great friends who shared many travel adventures together, Glen, Logan and Eric are some of today's leading young artists investigating in their enormously effective andaesthetically satisfying work the visual force of "design."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Another Cape Cod Painting

"Passing Clouds" oil/linen 8x10, painted on location. 

Here is another small painting I put together on the recent trip to Provincetown.  This was a fast moving scene with light changes and clouds moving everywhere, I spent about 45 minutes on this one.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Cape Cod Paintings

I have been on a painting trip for the past couple of weeks with a group of artists from around the country...and even one from Mexico.  I will try and post some more details on the trip soon.  In the meantime here are a couple of paintings I have done on this trip. 

"Shimmer" oil/linen 6x8

"Harbor, Late Day" oil/linen 9x12