Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Money is such a great subject to paint, it always gets a reaction from viewers and it has a long history in American Trompe L'oiel Painting.Of all the painters of money I have always felt Otis Kaye is the best. His wit and skill combine for some terrrific paintings, I'm always surprised by how few people are know of his work. He is definately worth looking at.
John Haberle is another, there is a show opening next week of his art at the New Britian Museum Of American Art. He has only 40 known paintings, but yet his influence on American Trompe L'oiel is huge. I'm looking forward to seeing the show. I know he has been a major infuence on my work.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This is a good example of how I've changed over the years as a trompe l'oiel painter. Now I would not paint the box on the shelf with a background, because this kills the illusion trompe painters are after. The more effective way is to present the box and bill only, no shelf, no background. This would help add to the illusion of reality. I've become a real purist over the years when it comes to trompe l'oiel, the illusion is everything. Please check out my web site there are some good exmples of what I'm talking about.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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Saturday, July 25, 2009
For great subject matter you don't have to look very far, or spend lots of money! Thus the name for this piece is 'Bargain Art'. The painting is done on a 1/2 thick panel. The corners are rounded and the piece is not framed. It just sits on a mantel or table. Many people have picked it up and tried to use the etch a sketch or remove the coin. Much to their surprise they find that it is a painting.
This is a nice example of how a frame would hurt a painting not enhance it. Some of the most successful trompe l'oiel painting can go without framing. Once a frame is added it can take away from the illusion. To deceive the viewers eye is always a trompe l'oiel first goal.