Thursday, September 15, 2016

Well, here we are the middle of September, and I am just now getting around to posting a couple of new paintings that are ready to go. I have more that I have done since my last post, and will be posting them soon. I've come to the conclusion that it is a good thing I am a painter because I sure seem to avoid or just plain forget about posting something new on a regular basis. Sort of defeats the purpose of this blog, so I guess I better work on my time management and discipline for tending to this.

I have been switching to painting on Ray Mar canvas panels which I re-prime with a white lead ground made by Natural Pigments. I really like working on these panels prepared this way. In the  past I had been mounting Claussens linen to Dibond aluminum panels. But since I don't seem to work as quickly as I have in the past, I am always looking for a more efficient way to use my time without raising the cost of my materials. Using these panels and preparing them as I do has meant only a very slight increase in cost to pay for the Natural Pigments ground. Although, I make up for that in preparation time. I can prep 20 panels of various sizes in about 2 hours, instead of taking a full day to do a dozen panels the old way. Drying time is longer, but I just prepare a variety of sizes at one time ahead of when I actually need them. Doing it this way, so far I have not run out of panels to paint on in the sizes I want. With the exception of a special commission piece, that needs to be a specific size, I don't imagine I will be in need of panels to work with. As a famous burger joint advertises, "I'm lovin' it!"     

One of the nice things about living here is so many things are right off the many Farm to Market Roads winding through the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas. This especially helps old guys like myself who don't get around as well as we used to. I found both of these paintings just a short ways distance from each other. The light was good and the subjects cooperated. So here we are, two 9"x12" oils on panels and being brand new where you can still smell the varnish are available from my studio which you can contact me here or my Facebook page, John Cox Fine Art, for more information on these. I hope you like them.

"The Red Calf"
9"x12" Oil on panel

"The Three Amiga's"
9"x12" Oil on panel

      

Monday, June 6, 2016

                              A Bunch of Small Paintings


I guess it is about time I posted something new after promising to keep this blog updated, so here we go.

Last month I went to a fun show and presentation at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas. I was greeted as I walked up to the entrance I was greeted by artist and director of the Coppini Academy, Tony Pro. A gentleman and very fine artist I have been wanting to meet. Tony is revitalizing this fine academy. Not only is he teaching, but he is also bringing in top working artists to teach workshops. I hope this will inspire artists and patrons of the fine arts and contemporary realism to support these arts again. When I left San Antonio over 40 years ago there were good galleries showing realism of all styles and subjects. Today, there is one and it is almost an after thought since it is so small. The most established gallery here no longer shows new work by local and national artists that they used to. They buy art from art dealers who sell foreign artists. This gallery used to represent my work when I lived here and I consider the owner a friend. Now this is not meant as a knock or attack against these two galleries in a city of 2.3 million people.  I understand a large part of this is the economy. The entire country is in these same doldrums. But I also feel there has been a lack of support or promotion for realism in this area. I am not sure why this is as I have yet to find places or groups of artists where they share what they are experiencing, talk about the art world and maybe what we as a group of artists can do to help the situation. Best I can find, so far is artists in the area are so spread out it is hard to get together without traveling some distance.

There are several good and nationally known galleries in Fredricksburg, Texas, Ensight, Whistle Pik, and RS Hanna Gallery and 70 miles north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. I do not mean to leave any gallery out that may be there, I just am not aware of who the others are there or what or who they carry.

 There is also one more nationally known and quality gallery in Wimberly, Texas, Pitzer's Fine Arts, roughly 50 miles north east of San Antonio and about half way to Austin. So far I do not know what Austin has for quality galleries. I understand the Gallery At Shoal Creek is still open, but I do not know what artists they carry today. A road trip is in order very soon to investigate what is happening in these areas, if anything. I will be taking a good selection of paintings with me after calling ahead to make sure owners are available and when it will be a good time to show them my work as I need to get a good gallery representation for my work in this area.

Now for something a little more positive. Not to say I meant the previous statements as negative, but a statement of fact and trying to figure out where best to look.

Lately, I have been painting a lot, and most are small paintings. I am also painting to sizes of frames I have on hand for the larger paintings. This studio has little space for storing frames and supplies and I could use the room being used for this storage. All of these small pieces are without frames. All of the 6x8's are priced at $400 each. The first landscape is $900 and the last flower piece in this post is $950.
 So I guess I should stop babbling and show you some of what I have been doing. All of these paintings are available, unframed from my studio as mentioned. Contact me here in the comments or on Facebook. I have larger paintings also and will be posting them shortly.

I hope you enjoy these.

"The Meadows Edge"
12x8 oil on linen panel

"A Rose"
6x8 oil on linen panel


"Pink Rose"
6x8 oil on linen panel

"Hedgehog Blossom"
6x8 oil on linen panel

"White Rose"
6x8 oil on linen panel

This is a study I did for a larger painting. It is also a 6x8 oil on a linen panel

"Garden Color"
12x9 oil on linen panel
This painting was posted in my last entry to this blog. It has not been shown anyplace since, but hung on the studio wall. I did think it needed a new title, so I changed it. So there you have the small paintings, most hot off the easel. I am also working on some drawings I think many will enjoy and those will be posted in the near future. It has been a long time since I did black and white drawings as finished pieces. I have felt the need to do some drawings as I firmly believe that drawing is the foundation of good painting. Sure, I draw with paint and brushes when making a painting as we all do, that paint, but this is different, this is truly seeing one's subject and recording it accurately with line and values.

Many changes are coming in my work as I feel more confident, with a looser application of paint.I hope you do like what I am beginning to do. I have wanted to paint looser for years, but gallery and some collectors pressures kept me doing what I had been. The change will not be that radical, just looser. Stay tuned. More to come

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 Changes Redux



Finally! I am settled here in Texas, and painting again. The downtime was very frustrating for me as I am the type of person who approaches my art the way most people approach a job. It is a “job” that I love, but a job in the sense that I am always doing something to produce new paintings. So not being able to prepare canvases or gather new subject material during my relocation was very frustrating and stressful.

One thing you will notice is my subject matter is different in many cases. I am still doing landscapes, but they are smaller pieces and in a secondary position, so to speak. The change is the result of, and reason for my move as health issues have limited my ability to get out in the desert, mountains and such to paint and photograph fresh material and the inspiration for new paintings. Here in the Texas Hill country, there are many rural farm to market roads which provide me with great scenes to paint, and all right off the side of the road or at least with easy access for me. Since I won't be doing big canvas panoramas anymore, this works very well for smaller more intimate landscapes. But as I said, they will be taking a backseat to my studio work.

In the studio I can set up still lifes, hire and pose models. You will be seeing more florals, still lifes, and figurative These first postings are only a few of what I have completed, but I will be photographing more paintings as I finish them. There is much more on the easel, so stay tuned.

One last comment, I have a “blog” on Tumblr.com, John Cox Fine Art. It is primarily art that I personally like. Some old some new. It also has some of my own paintings starting today. (March 9, 2016) There is also an online gallery handling my figurative work on Tumblr, Wilson Art Sales. Is where to find them.

And now that I have finished babbling, here is my new work. I hope you enjoy it.
                                 


"Multi Colored Roses" 12"x9" oil on panel  AVAILABLE


"Down At The Pond"   12"x16" Oil on panel    AVAILABLE

"Last Days Of Summer"  12"x8"  Oil on panel   AVAILABLE


"Sunny Days"  12x16 Oil on panel  AVAILABLE

 

    

          


Saturday, September 6, 2014

                                                      CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
Here we are in September already. A change of seasons is beginning in parts of our country. This year is flying by, and yet it seems like not much is happening in my part of this world. Maybe that is because I have been hiding in my cave painting. With the heat of the Arizona summers I can't get out much at all and not out to paint even a little, my breathing being as compromised as it is with asbestos, makes routine things I never even thought about next to impossible now. Consequently, I have become a studio painter exclusively.I have known this was coming, but somehow did not think it would be so soon. Apparently the "Golden Years" are not what they are said to be. That to can change and I am planning on it.

Now with that negative sounding start, let me tell you I am doing my best to make a change in my career and turn this to the positive. One of the first obstacles is subject matter. I have always painted real locations in my landscapes, but over the past few years, I have exhausted most of my material. Plein air pieces, photos, and the like. So what to paint? Well I believe I mentioned previously here or somewhere, but I can do people pretty darn well, I can do florals and still lifes, I can also use some of my previously used material to do a few landscapes. In fact for the winter season here in Scottsdale, I am working on a 36x48 Grand Canyon. I have painted the Canyon so many times in the last 30 plus years I can almost do it in my sleep, so using a photo here, a part of a plein aire oil sketch there and knowing the Canyon features and formations as I do I have put together a brand new painting different from my previous ones. Composing it was kind of like putting together a jig saw puzzle with all the partial images in different scales, size wise. This as you can imagine made for a lot of drawing! Several days, nearly a week before picking up a brush to put a wash over the white linen. I received a bonus from this exercise and that is sharpening my drawing skills after doing very loose, but to scale "outlines" done with a brush and very thing transparent paint. This big jigsaw puzzle made me pick up the charcoal pencils and get to work.

I don't like showing a large painting to people unfinished and having to explain what I have done and what I will be doing, as most of it they don't know what I am talking about because further work is all in my head which they are not privy to. Thankfully. but for a blog I will do it and remind all who see this, this is only about half way through and a lot of painting, adjustments in color and value are yet to be done. Some areas, particularly the foreground tree is barely blocked in and only because I needed some reference points of what in the Canyon would be showing and what wouldn't be. I do not want "ghost" brush work in the shape of formations in the dense dark leafy areas of the tree. Being that it is shadow for the most part these "ghost" marks would really show up under gallery lighting. Not to be making excuse.... well, not that much of an excuse this photo was taken on the easel, quickly, as I just realized I had not taken a picture yet to post here. I did not bother to adjust any studio lights and it is to dark outside to use natural north light, so that is glare on the left side as you are looking at this, and no Photoshop correction have been done. OK! End of qualifiers and excuses.

NOTE: I have removed this photo. Every time I look at the photo the glare on it looks worse, so I made an executive decision and removed it. The picture did not do it justice and I learned my lesson not to hurry photos for publication. This one unfairly misrepresented the painting and what I am capable of doing. Sorry.............John


36"x48" Oil On Linen
At this point, I am working in areas that will be seen through the tree foliage and branches. Lots to be done,but from this point the changes will be noticeable and start bring color and values together I am basically working from a roughly 8x10 pencil sketch since trying to handles and keep track of each individual area which maybe a painted panel or a photo and maybe only a small part of a photo is needed.

Alrighty, while still on the subject of landscapes here is a landscape painting I did for my catalog piece for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Show at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming this past summer. and I will follow it with four smaller landscapes that are available at Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs, Colorado at this time, but I am getting ahead of myself.

                                                      "Misty Morning At Firehole River Falls"
                                                              18"x24" Oil on Dibond Panel
                                                                             $4000
This painting was in transit and apparently was dropped very hard, as it split the left side of the frame moulding. The painting being on Dibond was not harmed at all. It now has a brand new frame, identical to this one in the photo and is now available from my studio, for now. When I take other paintings into the gallery at the end of this month this will be in that consignment group unless sold before hand.

This next painting is brand spanking new, and I am very happy with the way it turned out. I am considering the possibility of making a Giclees of this piece. I feel it is one of my best floral pieces. It is shown here in the frame it will be on display and offered for sale, but it need so dry more so I can varnish it and instal it in the frame securely. It is just sitting in the frame and a small piece of wood propped against the back of the panel so it looks as it should for the picture. I am getting a lot of good feedback when it was shown on Facebook yesterday. I feel this one will sell quickly, so if anyone is interested in owning this piece, contact me soon. Like the landscape above, if it does not sell from the studio before the gallery delivery date it will be at Biltmore Galleries here in Scottsdale. (480) 947-5975 or www.info@biltmoregalleries.com and ask for Maureen Husberg. You will find the ladies in both galleries extremly helpful and a joy to work with.

                                                                   "A Rose For Rose"
                                                                  12"x20" Oil on panel
                                                                           $2600

The following paintings are available through Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs.  (719)577-5744
or at www;info@broadmoorgalleries.com and ask for Krista Steed-Reyes, the gallery director.

                                                                    "Moose Falls-Yellowstone"
                                                                        12"x16" Oil on panel
                                                                                 $1850

                                                                 "A Yellowstone Morning"
                                                                    12"x16" Oil on panel
                                                                               $1850

                                                                                "Dusk"
                                                                       9"x12" Oil on panel
                                                                                $1250
                                                               
                                                                      "Autumn Moon"
                                                                     9"x12" Oil on panel
                                                                            $1250
          

 These landscape paintings in this post, will be some of my last landscapes for some time as I will be concentrating on other subject matter which may mean a couple more galleries for me, that handle subject matter I will be doing. I want to be a good fit and do a good job for the gallery and myself, of course. I am, in a manner of speaking moving to the next season of my career, and would like to close this final summer season of this year by finding homes for these paintings. It will be good for the galleries and good for me not only monetarily, but somewhat emotionally. Placing these in peoples homes will make space in my studio for all the new work and make wall space ni my galleries for my new work. It is always a challenge to begin something new, particularly at this later stage of my life, but I am ready, willing able and excited to do so. It means meeting new people, maybe new galleries added to my two fine ones representing my work. It will be fun.

I truly believe that this coming work will be better than the last, it is my true forte and as much as I love landscape painting, it is somewhat my second choice now. I always tried to put my best effort forward and always used the best quality materials and practices in each painting. That will always be at the foundation of my work. I promise good things are coming very soon. Stay tuned to this channel........John                                                                    

                                       





       
                                                              
                                                                          







                              

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


 "I Dream Of Jenya" ......and more

It's been several months, about four, in fact since I last posted. Between some health issues and commissions with deadlines to meet, I almost bit off more than I could chew. But, "Here's Johnny!" Still down on energy, but much better than I was. (Thank you VA Healthcare.)

The two commissions I did presented challenges. Neither had a live model to work from and both had to look like the persons they depicted. The hardest one was a portrait of a father and child. The photo was old grainy and a flash was used to take it, but it is the only photo available. I know better than to take commissions with this kind of reference, but the client s are good friends and it was to be a Christmas present for one of them. The father depicted is 40 (at least) years older and lives in Southeast Asia now. The child shown at about age two, is now middle aged, so you can see my problem. No people to work from, bad reference material, no choice in composition, and having to fake a lot of things. Here it is in progress. I took this one evening after dinner still on my easel. Because of my health issues I was up against the deadline and unfortunately I did not get a photo of the painting finished. Since I know the people and they live in my area, I will get a photo, hopefully the next time I am over at their home. It is quite different finished, as you can imagine.

As you can see, I still have a long way to go and starting with finishing the toddler.

This painting is done on Dibond 24"x18", that I sanded lightly to take the shine off the metal, primed and put an oil ground on it. I really like the finish to paint on. Paint goes on like when using oil primed linen but without the linen texture. No adhesion problem as I prepared it pretty much the same way I used to prepare aluminum race car bodies for a custom paint job. Yep, I was a car painter in another life, doing race car paint jobs.

My second commission was for another friend and a tribute to a model and photographer. Again, I had no access to the model, or the photographer. Normally, I do not use other peoples photos. No matter how good they are, and in this case excellent, they are not mine or my "vision" of the subject and how I wish to paint it or her, in this case. Also almost no compositional choice as my friend wanted this pose and lighting. It is also more risque than I normally do figurative paintings. Consequently I am only posting the drawing in progress here, but the finished painting is in my figure paintings tab on this blog. Please understand I recommend, adults only. Yeah I know, that statement just invited every kid who looks at this blog to take a look, but how else to tell people?

This is also using Dibond as a support. It is prepared the same way as the previous commission. This is the drawing in progress. It is to scale on the Dibond.
Hmmm.... Maybe I should have placed a black censor strip across the drawing. Well we're all adults here. Right?

The painting is titled "I Dream Of Jenya." It is a 36"x24" oil painting. This image is being done with a charcoal pencil. It is a painting of Eugenia Diordiychuk, a Ukrainian model who is now living in Los Angeles and working for Playboy. She is also the model for some video games, does work for an American fashion company.

Doing this painting is not my normal practice, but I did it, for a friend. I do have to admit it was a joy working on this and paying tribute to her beauty and the incredible photographer, Pasha Lisov, who's name is listed with mine on the front and back of the painting This is one of the most beautiful ladies I've seen in many years and would love to work with her someday and do all original work of my own.

I will be posting more often now, but the subject matter will be paintings for my gallery, Biltmore Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, and for a group show in Wyoming this coming July. The catalog painting for this group show is nearly finished, an 18"x24" landscape. No naked ladies for this show, folks.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Small Treasures
Well, I have been missing in action on this blog lately. A couple of personal issues, and painting, mixed with procrastination of typing. A lot of that, in fact. Hey, I'm a painter not a writer. So finally, here goes the latest installment.

Recently, I became aware of a number of known artists selling small drawing and paintings for very reasonable prices. The reason for the price reduction is the gallery commission is not added in and the works are unframed. The actual artists cost and labor is not reduced other than the framing.

With gallery closings leaving me, like others in search of new galleries to represent us and new ways of marketing our work, I decided this is not a bad idea. Then there is the issue of my own situation of not being able to get out in the mountains or desert anymore to do plein aire landscapes and having to do my work mostly in the studio using models and still life set ups became one more mark on the plus side. It is a win/win situation. I work in the studio, painting what and how I want and it gives friends, past clients and collectors as well as potentially new clients a chance to acquire a piece of my work at a very reasonable price.

This initial "roll out" will not be the last. I plan on making this a regular offering both here and on my website
http://.www.johncoxfineart.com . Each month I plan on having another group of new paintings to add in the "My Store" section of my website.

As most who know me or my work and the work presented here, I am a versatile artist. I believe an artists need a strong drawing foundation and to go along with that able to see shapes and proportions and put them down on paper or canvas. What this does is allow one to draw anything they can see. Now obviously if someone is not familiar with some object, they may not paint it as well, but once the do understand what they are seeing, they are likely to be able to do it as well as their other subjects. Understanding the subject is part of the craft and the learning process.

For me this has allowed me to paint all the things I enjoy  and hopefully convey to you the viewer and collectors what I see and feel and we all make a connection in that way. I hope you enjoy this new and ongoing project of mine. If there is something you would like and don't see it here or on my site, contact me and let's talk about it. I can probably help you with what you need.

The sizes are below each painting. The commission and cost of frame have been subtracted, but because of the rules of use, the actually price is on my website. Sorry about that, but I want to follow the rules I agreed to.


 Grand Canyon Morning
6"x8" Oil on panel



Incoming Tide- Big Sur
6"x8" oil on panel
White Rose
8"x6" Oil on panel
Full Bloom and New Bloom
6"x8" Oil on panel

 Staghorn Cactus Blossom
6"x8" oil on panel

A Tasty Snack
6"x8" oil on panel
Iris
8"x6" Oil on panel

Veggies
6"x10" Oil on panel
Calla Lily
8"x10 Oil on linen panel
Rose
8"x10" Oil on linen, panel
Cactus Blossoms
8"x12" oil on panel

Woodland Falls
8"x 12" Oil on panel

Loose Flowers
8"x14" Oil on stretched linen 

Flowered Branch
8"x12" Oil on panel

French Bread
9"x14" Oil on panel

Canyon Lake Pillar
9"x 12" Oil on panel
Oriental Bowl
16"x12" Oil on stretched linen

Now, some of you will see that some of these are already posted else where on this blog, but I am including them in this first offering of Small Treasures.  Take all you want, I'll make more. Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy them                                                                                                                                 

Friday, August 2, 2013

SEVERAL NEW POSTS
 August 2,2013
 It has a busy day slaving over a hot blog today. Not only did I post some new miniature paintings in the Still life and Landscape pages, I finally got my first WIP, "How I Do What I Do", on the painting techniques page. With the distractions and dealing with some unexpected items of real life outside the studio, I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find time to do the text to go with the photo that have been ready for almost two weeks! I hope you find some interesting information that may help you in your own paintings.

Along with the miniature paintings I posted and there will be more coming each week, on average. I say it that way as there will be times when I am working all week on a large painting, or have responsibilities away from the studio. Being sort of a one man band, can  over load a person at times.

Back to what I wanted to say about the miniatures I was speaking about posting today. These are all gallery quality, but of subjects unlike what I show at Biltmore Galleries, here in Scottsdale and Hayden Hays in Colorado Springs. The subject matter will be still life's, floral's, a few small landscapes and seascapes. There is likely to be a figurative piece soon also, since I am beginning to paint more of these. What you may find interesting is I am taking a page from a few other known artists who are selling oil studies at an  affordable price that most people can afford when they can't afford a major gallery piece by these artists. The difference in what I am doing is painting finished, gallery quality originals and offering them at a price less the gallery commissions and the cost of a frame. By offering these unframed drops the price even more.  The paintings can be seen here and in the "Store" on my website, http://www.johncoxfineart.com

As a teaser here is a couple without going to the still life and landscape page. Hopefully you will though.

                                                                            "Iris"
                                                                            8"x6"
                                                                      Oil on Panel

                                                                   "A Tasty Snack"
                                                                          6"x8"
                                                                    Oil On Panel
I enjoy painting these miniatures and feel they are a way to not only fulfill my creative needs with things I can set up and paint here in the studio now that I am pretty much a studio painter now and expand into some new markets and introduce myself to new collectors. I really hope you like this opportunity.
John