Saturday, May 15, 2010

. . A Couple More Views. ..

"Agave Dusk"
36 x 36
Oil on Canvas
(c)2010 NL Matus
(Commissioned piece)

Here's a shot of the painting on my easel in the studio. I have several easels set up and paintings on each, and I can move from one to another as I am called to. This makes for a good working arrangement for me, and I like being able to let a painting 'breathe' for a while before I resume work on it. This lets me approach it with fresh eyes and resumed enthusiasm.

Finished Commission Piece

"Agave Dusk"
Alkyd Oil
36" x 36"

This is a commissioned piece I finished last week. I have been exploring the Agave in several mediums, and painted this in a rather large format, 36 x 36 on stretched canvas. This painting takes on different colors as the light of the day changes, so it is quite interesting to see how it 'morphs' as the daylight evolves.

"The Portrait Project" at The Arthouse

Art lovers mingling at The Arthouse's show "The Portrait Project" in New York.

My self-portrait is in the very lower right corner, to the right of the red heart. . .

Another view of Arizona. . .

"Angler's Paradise - Lee's Ferry"
Acrylic on Canvas
6" x 12"
(c)2010 NL Matus

I finished this piece the day before yesterday. You see it here on my small easel setup, which is a stack of my various field boxes set upon my Yarka french easel as the 'table'. This arrangement works out very well when I am working on small paintings.

I loved how the sunlight/shade of the canyon seemed to draw one's eye down the river, and I really enjoyed painting this scene. I now need to get it re-photographed, or possibly scanned.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

8" x 10"
Alkyd Oil on Canvas Board
(c)2010 NL Matus

Okay, so this is my first post to "The Virtual Paintout". This month, the island of Corsica was selected for our painting subject, and by using Google Maps and streets, I "drove" around the island until I found this charming roadside cafe. The sky seemed a bit overcast, or the weather seemed a bit cold. I was struck by the winding road coming down from the hills, which cuts so closely to the cafe patio! It was separated by just the narrow latticework fence and shrubs.
This was a fun project, and I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time "driving" around the winding roads and through the picturesque countryside, past harbor towns, out into the hill country, and seeing the palm trees which at first seem so out of place in this lush landscape. I'm looking forward to next month's country!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Show Is Up!

So I installed my show at Boyce Thompson Arboretum Saturday, and it went smoothly and quickly. I had everything planned out and detailed, and we were done in just over an hour and a half. Here's some pics of the installation in progress. . .