Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pettigrew Street

This week's post features another recent work depicting Raleigh's southeast residential area.  This is another canvas I plan to include in my solo exhibit at the Richard B. Harrison Library later this year.  It depicts a house in the process of demolition.  I was fascinated with the way the uprooted tree was piled within the structural rubble.  The home may have been a victim of the tornado that ravaged Raleigh in April 2011, or it may have simply been an abandoned structure.  This lot is now completely vacant.

"Pettigrew Street."  Oil on stretched canvas, 24 x 30 inches.  Completed January 2013.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

South Bloodworth

Right after the holidays, I began a series of canvases based on houses in Southeast Raleigh.  These canvases will likely be shown in my show at the Richard B. Harrison Library later this year.  This one is based on a row of beautiful Victorians along South Bloodworth Street near Raleigh's Federal Building.

Last weekend I finished the large triptych depicting the Raleigh neighborhood of Boylan Heights from the air.  All in all, it took me over 20 hours to complete.  Since I shared a "work in progress" image earlier this month, I will post the final product in an upcoming blog entry.

"South Bloodworth."  Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.  Completed January 2013.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

On the Easel: Boylan Heights triptych

I haven't shown work in progress for a long time.  Last week I started on a new idea that I hope will lead to a series of new works.  Returning to aerial imagery, I have started a triptych depicting the Raleigh neighborhood of Boylan Heights.  The triptych is composed of three 36 x 18 inch canvases, and the final piece with measure 36 x 54 inches.  My plan is that the canvases will be considered one work of art, but would hang separately (albeit very close to each other).  Last week I spent about three hours preparing a light under-drawing, and today I spent about six hours painting.  Since I use a red ground, you can see that I have a ways to go.

"Boylan Heights Triptych."  Oil on three 36 x18 inch stretched canvases.  Begun March 2013.