Friday, March 16, 2012

Jeffrey Reed

There are times when as you go through your journey as painter other painters come into your periphery, some may awaken a light interest, some may inspire, some may even spark the flame of competition, and in the case of Jeffrey Reed they leave a deep impression. I've never heard of Jeffrey Reed, that's until today while doing my usual internet research in the art community around me. Mr. Reed doesn't seem to have a website for his work, at least none that pulled up by google, but I did find this video and it was enough to get me acquainted with the man and his work. I'll let this video and his paintings do the talking, enjoy and keep seeing the beauty of this world!
"I'm not locked into a certain palette. I usually set up in front of a subject and ask myself how many colors can I get away with, meaning how few colors can I use to capture what's in front of me?"
Jeffrey Reed

Monday, March 05, 2012

New Painting: Avocado Sandwich

Avocado Sandwich, 2012, oil on linen, 14 x 26 inches
This is the first painting of the year, I didn't realize it would take two months to complete, but I'm glad to say that I'm done and I can move on to other projects. The format of this painting is different than what I'm used to working with, I think I'm starting to like painting on more horizontal shaped canvases. This painting was a mixture of fun sessions and frustrating nights, but I kept plowing through and I'm very happy with the outcome.
Avocado Sandwich (detail), 2012, oil on linen, 14 x 26 inches
This is a detail shop of the painting, there are a number of subtle color shifts in the background and in the objects depicted, it's too bad that they seem to have been lost in the photographs.
I'm not sure what's next, I wanted to start a larger still life but I think that might have to wait since I have three other paintings I started last year that still need work. More to come.