Michael J Lang

Found a cool artist blog, does studies of still life fruits.  Very interesting texture and colors, looks like he’s mostly using a knife.  Really like his work, check out his blog.



Patrick Cornee


Patrick Cornee is an extremely interesting French painter.  His contemporary works are impressionistic, abstract, semi-abstract.  His subjects include figure, still life, and landscape.  Cornee feels that his works are quite lyrical and poetic, almost arranged in a symphony of color and form, and I would completely agree.  Everything in his paintings are working in a  whimsical in harmony

I love this kind of work, it just defines contemporary French painting.  I absolutely love his creative invented figures, especially the women.  They are almost a sort of abstraction of the idealized French petite women.  My favorite piece is the cow, or steer, I don’t really know the difference.

Dead Tamarack Swamp Painting

Oil on Mason board (Completed) 2.10.11

This is probably my first mature attempt at realism.  I feel my biggest mistake in painting is putting too much faith in myself.  I use no references, no photos, just imagination, and that can get me into a whole mess of trouble.  However, this is the first time I was able to paint in a quiet, calm atmosphere, with a clear thought processes, with the motivation to make a truly realistic work. 

 I usually just paint from a single idea, even from a sketch or two.  My paintings tend to are usually abstract and expressionistic,but this semester i wanted to try something more mature.  I’ve always had this fascination of trees and I always wanted to paint realistic dream-like trees that only I know about, that only I see in my mind.  I feel that this is an okay start. 

Some elements work, others don’t.  I feel the colors are spot on, the texture is good, and the concept is interesting.  I do not like the branch in the font, nor do I like the composition.  More planning and sketching in the future will fix composition.  As for the branch, it’s very small and thin to paint.  I don’t think I have a brush quite right for that, nor do I have a steady hand to paint it.  I was just looking for something to make the painting a little more interesting, something to pull the focus into the center.

The process was actually quiet interesting.  I discovered by combining house paint primer and sawdust, I could apply a thicker, denser, and more textured base for this piece.  I started splattering green paint on top while it was still wet, then i rubbed it into the primer with my hands.  I love when I can just plop my hands into some paint.  I feel better connected to my work, like i cant shape it easier and get better results for backgrounds as opposed to using brushes.  I don’t know, the end product always seems more interesting.  After the primer i dried I decided that yellow ochre was my new favorite color.  I began drawing vertical lines and dabbing in some rough shapes, until it seemed to take the shape of a tree.  The colors and shape reminded me of a dead tamarack swamp along a specific freeway in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, up around St. Germain. After that, it was just a matter of layering, highlighting, and shadowing.   The entire painting took about 6 days to complete, and it’s still drying.  I hope to frame it when it does dry.

I’m not satisfied with the work, it doesn’t quite feel complete, but I will leave it before I start messing it up, like I tend to do with my paintings.

Graphic Design Meets Contemporary Painting

        I’ve noticed this trend becoming more and more apparent, either that or it’s been here all along and I’m just figuring it out now, but it seems to me people are taking more commercial art or graphic design elements, style and technique and incorporating it into paintings.  What causes me to deduce this?  Well in looking at the “tombstones” or blue, purple, and red hashes at the bottom and around the trunk, as well as the circle patterns, it just feel like it could have been designed on a computer, then painted.  It just gives me that impression or feeling because it’s so simple and repetitive..  I’m totally ok with this.  I think it’s great to mix different media ideas, especially in this case because it works.  Given, the circles are quite obviously imperfect (unlike circles created on a computer) but they contain this quality that I can only describe as “Graphic Designer.” 

      What I like about this piece is its color pallet and composition.  The colors used are almost tropical and acidic, but they are mixed in with some neutral and natural tones which helps create some visual balance. It’s like eating a lemon with a lot of sugar, you know, to tone down the intensity.  I also like how the tree is way off to the left of the frame, it gives more focus to the bubbles or circles it’s emitting.  I just think this is an interesting, fun piece; something I’d like to emulate in my paintings.  I’m almost obsessed with drawing and painting circles and circles  and circles within circles.  This sort of demonstrates what I’ve been trying to achieve in some of my work.

Painting of Trees


    I couldn’t find the artist or name of this particular piece, but I just have to comment on it.  As far as paintings go, I tend to gravitate towards abstraction, post-impressionism, expressionism, even modernism.  I suppose because I’m a photographer I’m exposed to the real world so much that I naturally become interested in the more unreal world. 

     However, this realistic piece, I found to be quite lovely.  I find the leaves and branches extremely real, natural, and warm.  The piece feels hauntingly familiar, yet unfamiliar.  The sky appears so neutral and so muted, almost like an atmosphere from another planet.  I especially love the simplicity of the subject matter: a few tree’s in a barren field.  The landscape appears as though it goes on forever in the distance, but fades as if it were covered in a blanket of mist.  Overall this painting is both calm and eerie to me, I can’t keep my eyes off of it.  I’m thinking Early American, possibly 1800-1850, but I’m not sure, does anyone have any ideas?

Allan Morgan Paintings

       PURE GOLD: Allan Morgan’s warm landscapes pull me right in.  What I love the most about these paintings is the simplicity in subject, stroke, and color.  There’s just enough visual information to create these seascape images.   The first image is my favorite.  It provides the most familiar feeling to me, gentle waves, boats offshore, all basking in the warm of the sun. The backgrounds are so simple, almost non existent and there is almost no difference in water and sky, must like in reality, only in this reality, the colors are warm: almond, wheat, brown, gold. I’m a huge fan of color, these paintings are sort-of off my usual taste as far as the color pallet goes, but they are quite lovely.   I especially like the reflections, the make the work more impressionistic.

Leonid Afremov and Debra Hurd Paintings

For a few weeks now I’ve been collecting paintings that I love, and displaying them in an album on Facebook. The pieces above come from that album.  The reason why these pieces appeal to me is without a doubt THE COLOR!. Leonid Afremov and Debra Hurd’s use of color, combined with interesting brushstroke and subject matter makes these paintings worth admiring.  You can easily notice how thick the strokes are in most places, often overlapping each other, creating smooth and raised textures.  The vivid color pallet immediately catches the eyes, yet the complexity and variations in those colors allow you to study it longer.  I find it interesting how many colors are used in Lincoln’s face as well.  The pure inventiveness of the scenes and subjects really brings the viewer into the world of the painter.  I love the activity flowing throughout the paintings, they are some of my favorites.