Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lake Raven - Plein Air - Alla Prima

5x7 Acrylic on Panel
It's been a long time since I've worked outside. The winter weather here is mild, but invigorating. This is my first experience working outdoors with acrylics, and there are challenges for which I did not account. Even the slightest breeze accelerates the drying time significantly, so a stay-wet palette seems a good investment for this type of work. A general assessment of my equipment is that it all needs looking into. I've been keen for some time on the idea of building my own pochade/table system. I think it's time to design something custom.
Otherwise the trip was trouble free. I'll surely be doing an entire series of this park as soon as possible.

Monday, January 07, 2008

News - And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Sorry to go "commercial" on everyone, but I wanted to mention that one of my pieces is on the back cover of the premier (Winter) issue of a New Orleans art guide, aptly named "ART - New Orleans". The painting itself is owned by a pair of art conservators who work to keep New Orleans' museum pieces in good shape. I can't tell you what an honor that is. That's one I'll never have to fret over regarding its treatment.

I was also recently listed in the quarterly magazine you see in the margin of this blog, "Art Galleries & Artists of the South." I'm very proud of that as well.
So, thanks for tolerating this annoying bit of self-promotion.
I'll have another painting next time.
Here's the back cover...

Friday, January 04, 2008

Pro Bono Publico

12x16 Acrylic on Panel
Collection of the Artist

The second of the Mardi Gras pieces, this is Rex and his Queen presiding over the ball. The show opens tonight. I had planned to be in attendance, but am now unable. Too bad, I'm sure...I think it's going to be a nice time. I will most certainly be on hand at the February show, as I am to be treated to a real insider's look at Mardi Gras this year. Very excited!
Here are some details....

His Majesty's Lieutenant

12x16 Acrylic on Panel

The first of the New Year's major works are on their way to New Orleans. Two Mardi Gras themed pieces will be on display in a group show hosted by the Jean Bragg Gallery. Both pieces are 12x16 acrylics on panel.

"Placed at intervals throughout the parade are His Majesty's lieutenants. They ride in groups of three, wearing gold-trimmed velvet uniforms of purple, green, and gold, the royal colors." -

For more interesting facts about the King of Carnival, visit

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Joe - Alla Prima

7x5 Acrylic on Panel - David Lloyd
Collection of the Artist

Okay we come.