Monday, January 10, 2011

Another piece in the show at Addison Art Gallery

"The Richard and Arnold" is another Eastern-rig in Provincetown. This painting is also in the Creative Convergence show at the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA.
Most of the paintings from all of the artists are at the gallery now and will hang from this weekend through Feb.
The reception at the gallery is on Feb 19th., but get over there now to check it all out before too many of them sell and are taken down.

I started this painting on location and finished it in the studio.
It was a fun morning with lots of laughs. Part of the fun on these painting trips is just getting to hang out with a bunch of good friends who paint. Jerome, Peter, Colin and I set up pretty close together on this morning, mostly so we could talk about art and crack jokes. Logan came over after a while too as I remember. A good time was had even though it was a pretty chilly morning out there on the wharf with the wind blowing and we were in the shade.

I concentrated on getting my design locked in first, then worked on painting the boat, pier and light and shadow while I could. The morning light falling on the green net and along the lines of the cabin and bow of the boat was what attracted me, so I wanted to make sure I got all of that down first. There was even a guy on deck working, so I added him in for a sense of scale and interest. I left most of the water, sky and background for later. I mixed up a few color notes for those areas while on the spot. Then used those reminders plus a photo reference to finish this one up after I got home.

"The Richard and Arnold" 11x14" oil on board. Frank Gardner © 2010
$1,050. Framed. Available at Addison Art Gallery

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Convergence Show at Addison Art Gallery

These are two more of my pieces that are in the Creative Convergence show at the Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, MA. Jan 15 through Feb 28, 2011.
"The Blue Skies" and "The Blue Ocean" are two of the Eastern-rig boats that still fish the waters off the Cape. They are great looking boats.
Stop by the gallery in Orleans, MA and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA if you have a chance. The guys have turned out a bunch of good looking art for the shows. It will all be up on the gallery web site soon. Some of the guys wait till the last minute to send in their images.

The crew of the Blue Ocean were working on the boat on this particular morning and I was hoping they would be motoring out soon. I aligned myself so I could get a good reference photo of them leaving the dock. I thought it would be a good way to make the design a little different than the paintings I have done of her before. The Pilgrim Monument and the masts of the Razor's Edge on the right give a nice balance to the Blue Ocean and it's a classic Provincetown view.

"Blue Ocean" 20x24" oil on linen. Frank Gardner © 2010
$2,800. Framed. Available at Addison Art Gallery. Orleans, MA

I started "Last Light on the Blue Skies" on the spot. I was really attracted to the late afternoon light on the side of the boat. It was painted on a very shaky pier with Dan Corey and Colin Page. Each time one of us moved the whole pier rocked. Not to mention every time someone came out to look and see what we were doing. It was like painting standing up in a row boat. Great golden light hitting the side of that boat though. Glad the start was good enough to bring it to completion once I got back home.

"Last Light on the Blue Skies" 8x10" oil on linen. Frank Gardner © 2010
$780. Framed. Available at Addison Art Gallery. Orleans, MA