Monday, December 30, 2013

Painting a Still Life Part 4

This segment shows increasing development of the painting:

Thursday, December 26, 2013

painting in progress

I am still working on this painting. Usually I paint quicker, but this one has just so much detail its taking awhile. But I am enjoying it...hope to finish soon:

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Lois Wiley painting

This is a painting I have in my studio. It is my great-grandmother, Lois Wiley (1886-1918) of Troy Alabama. It was painted by her aunt (my three great aunt), Ella Murphree (1868-1929) who was an amateur miniature painter.

Lois, the girl in the painting, died in the flu epidemic of 1918 at age 32. She was an amateur poet. I have one of her poems hanging in my studio. It goes:

 There is a mystic subtle something 
 not discernable in kind,
 like a mirrored strata reflecting
 secret channels of the mind.

 It belongs to those who spiritually see
 who with discernment hear,
 who can feel the pulse of the value of things,
 know truth from its shining veneer.

 It would seem that God had leaned in love
 with a gift for a favored lot,
 were it not that the gain was offset by pain
 from those who have eyes but see not.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Painting a Still Life part 3

This is the third installment of my still life painting video:

Friday, November 29, 2013

Painting a Still Life part 2

This is part 2 of my demo video on painting a still life. Part 2 deals with finishing the drawing, applying fixative, and giving the panel a light umber wash to tone it:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Painting a Still Life video

This is part 1 of a demonstration video I am putting together on painting a still life. Part 1 features drawing the composition directly on the wood panel in pencil:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LAA portrait painting

I have my portrait demo from my class at the Lyme Art Association posted underneath, I didn't get too far with it. But my student, Mary Mellot, got very far in her study as you can see. You can see some more of her artwork here.

my unfinished study:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

LAA projects

After toning the canvas with a mixture of raw
umber and ivory black, working section by section
in full color with two layers

A black and white oil study of some basic
forms we are working on in class.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Tennis Video

This isn't art related, but when I'm not painting I am an avid tennis player. Here is a tennis training video I made for youtube:

Saturday, October 26, 2013

drawing out subject in pencil on the canvas

I usually tell my students to draw the subject out directly on the canvas in pencil,
then you can spray-fix it. Here are two recent demos in the drawing stage:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

madder lake

This painting allows me use my favorite color,
 madder lake.  Very hard to find, I get mine from
I may try making it myself eventually 

with their dry pigment.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

portrait progress

Slow progress on this painting, glazing many
layers to get the right luminosity.

Monday, August 12, 2013

new portrait

This is a new compositional drawing
for a portrait. It will be on wood panel, probably
5-ply birch.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bentley framed

My painting "Bentley" has a frame and is
up at the Lyme ArtAssociation in Old Lyme, CT

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

equine portrait

I am starting my first horse portrait, here it is drawn in pencil
on the canvas. It was eventually be in oil.

Monday, May 13, 2013

young artist

My son Jack hard at work drawing.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Portrait sketches

These are some recent demos, the two paintings from the Wethersfield Art Academy, the drawing from the Lyme Art Association:

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Georgia" completed

"Georgia" oil on linen 24"x30" 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013


This is a large painting I am trying to finish, about half done,
 inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keefe.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Work

Jack Montmeat "Self Portrait 33" oil on wood 14"x16"

This is a new painting I am starting, it is drawn
 in pencil on the canvas, size 24"x32"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Self Portrait

This is a self-portrait I am working on in my studio in East Lyme.
Its oil on wood with a fairly limited palette.