Sunday, July 21, 2013

"Bright and Shiny"

"Bright and Shiny" Oil on Linen, 10.5"x8.5", Steven J Parrish 




















This painting was inspired by my Aunt Sharon Koppen who past away suddenly. She was always Bright and Shiny, a great spirit who enjoyed our paintings.

The white vase and background of this setup was so bright that it made the the chalice, copper cup, and green satin ribbon look dark. I had a great time painting this subject.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Cheap A$$ Clamp

"Cheap A$$ Clamp", Steven J Parrish, 11"x18", Oil On Linen
I finished this painting earlier this year. The tools were lent to me by a friend. They belonged to his Grandfather who was a carpenter in the days before power tools. I liked the idea that he needed to sharpen his saw almost daily because a sharp saw was much easier on the arm power. The cheap red clamp was chosen solely for it's color, I have much nicer clamps but this painting needed some color.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

After the Open Studio Tour

Couldn't post during the tour, no WIFI. Had a great time painting and talking to the tour patrons and the fellow artists sharing the lobby of the Shenandoah University Theater.

"Arts Council Sour Grapes", Steven J Parrish, 12" x 9", Oil on Linen, SOLD



















I started this painting Saturday morning and battled sunlight coming in the windows all day. I moved the lemon slice 3 times and finally got a group decision that this was the best composition.Near the end of the day as the sun set and my spotlight finally gave me the highlights I expected I got some great suggestions from tour goers about the reflections in the Ball jar. I wiped off the middle lemon and called it a day. Sunday morning I managed to block the sunlight enough to finish the painting at about 11:30 AM. I remembered to bring some Cadmium Yellow to re-paint the lemon. Amazingly enough you can't paint a lemon with just Cadmium Lemon. My fellow artists and visitors declared victory and told me I was finished. I agreed, I really like the loose brush work and the exposed canvas, this is one of those paintings you can ruin by over working. The title of this painting was also a group decision and is really about the colors and in no way represented our mood or opinion of the tour. We had a real blast talking art and life for the two days. Just need to sign, mount, frame and deliver. As always I am truly humbled when someone appreciates one my paintings enough to add it to their collection.

Me hard at work in front of some of my other paintings.














"Cookie"s Boxes", Steven J Parrish, 10' x 8", Oil on Linen, UNFINISHED



















I started this painting on Sunday at about 12:30 PM and managed to get it this far along when the tour ended at 5 PM. The two lavender colored boxes I borrowed from Cookie Robb the stained glass artist setup next to me. The color of these two boxes really went well with the background and the lemon. I hope to finish this painting in the next week or two.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Shenandoah Art Council open studio tour

The Shenandoah Arts Council's open studio tour is this weekend November 10-11 2012. I will be painting at the Shenandoah University Theater lobby both days. Come out and watch me paint.

I will try to post some photos of this years painting at the end of each day.

Here is the painting I did at last years tour.

"Holiday Pressure", Steven J Parrish, 20 x 16, Oil on Linen



















This is the painting I did two years ago.

"Odd Lot", Steven J Parrish, 20 x 16, Oil on Linen



















Hope to see you this weekend.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

The completed paintings + 1

Day 1 painting; I didn't actually do anymore work on this one. I just put a coat of Resin Gel to bring back the color.

"V", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 8 x 10, Complete

 Day 2; I didn't actually do anymore work on this one. I just put a coat of Resin Gel to bring back the color.
"Art Deco Pipe Wrench", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 8 x 10,  Complete

Day 3; I worked on the lemon slice, re-shaped the bottom of the pitcher, added the burn out between the lemon and the cup. Sorry about the glare photo taken with iPad. 

"Lemon Aided", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 8 x 10, Complete
 Day 4; I re-painted the top cup completely.

"C Cups", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 10 x 8, Complete
Bonus painting (The +1); I painted this in Bethlehem, PA last year with Linda Volrath and Sandra Corpora. I have always wanted to finish it and today was the day. This is part of the construction being done at the Steel Stacks renovation at the old Bethlehem Steel Mill. All three of us painted this view that day, the construction workers thought we were crazy painting their equipment. I don't think we ever convinced them how beautiful it was. I do think they appreciated our interest in what they do. Follow the this link to Linda's painting Sandra didn't put her version on her website.

"Steel Stacks Construction", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 10 x 8




Sunday, August 05, 2012

Painting Challenge Day 4 or 5

Setup



















This was my setup for day 4 or 5. Depending on how you keep score, this was my fourth challenge setup, but I was just too worn out to paint the fourth day. So this painting was painted after a one day break. For all you artists out there that can create art for 12 hours a day, every day, I tip my plein air painting hat to you.

This setup interested me for several reasons, the rust, shine, color, and the construction. You can see the clip I had to use to keep the setup from toppling over. I asked my family on Facebook to guess the title of this painting the day I painted it. "Three cups balanced on a 2x4 in a rusty clamp" made me laugh but was incorrect. The title is in the caption of the end of the day image below.

Early afternoon break



















I worked for many hours before I took my first break on this painting. I don't have a photo from early in the process but it was pretty dark and I had some drawing issues that were fixed by the time I took this photo. The canvas is covered and the drawing looks about right, the top cup is too large and needs to be corrected.

"C cups", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 10x8



















Finished late in the evening, this is the least finished of the paintings in the challenge. The turquoise cup just had too much paint to finish. I couldn't lay the highlights on or get the reflections in. Will get another days work for sure. Other than that I like the way it is here. I really like the duct tape on the C clamp and the red cup. I believe this is my first painting of a scrap piece of a 2x4. They're kind of boring, but just what I needed to add some interest to the setup.

I am the first to admit I am not a daily painter and my intention with this challenge was to force me to paint still lifes the way I paint plein air landscapes. A sense of urgency and limited time. I used the approach I use for outdoor painting, quick thin lay in, cover canvas early, mix accurate colors, and paint as fast as you can under control. I really enjoyed it, can't wait to see what happens when I start my next large still life.

Thank you for following along, I hope everyone found it interesting, I know I did.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Painting Challenge Day 3

Day 3 setup














This was my setup for day 3, it burned out in the photo but that is a lemon slice hanging over the teacup. You can see a piece of scotch tape between the cup and the lemon, that was to keep the lemon from spinning. The silver carafe is from the The Willard Hotel, Washington, DC. It's not dated but has some years on it. There are great reflections in both the carafe and the cup and that was the focus of the painting.

Morning break
















I took an early break in the morning when the canvas was covered. I like the abstract feel of this block in. You can see that the drawing of the carafe and the cup are not symmetrical here. The handles are off as well, that's enough saying what's wrong.

Midday break
















Starting to get some of the great reflections in here. You can start to see how the colors of the table and background are showing up in the colors of the silver and blue. The lemon slice is thickly painted here because the background red and purple kept bleeding through. I should have wiped off the area before painting the lemon. Thick paint can be laid on dark wet paint and work but it makes things more difficult.


Late afternoon break















Great fun painting the silver carafe, correcting the drawing issues, some of the highlights are placed but not finished. More reflected light has been worked into the teacup. The lemon slice has even more paint at this point, should have scraped it off so I could bring it to conclusion with the rest of the painting.

End of day 3
"Lemon Aided", Steven J Parrish, Oil on Linen, 8"x10"
















Worked over the entire painting to pull it together. Warmed up the colors and refined all the drawing. Worked on the background and shadows. The yarn and lemon were the last things finished since they moved in and out of the volume of space surrounding the other objects. This was a fun day of painting, I wanted to use very expressive brushwork and let the painting pull together from about 5 feet away. Of course all my fellow painters will enjoy the painting from 2" away as well. Will have to evaluate the lemon slice at some point to see if it can be improved. Once again, clean up, critique, wine and prepare for the next day.