Monday, August 15, 2016

Shane first submission for the Little Landscape project

Shane has just finished his first piece for the Little Landscape project. For newcomers to my blog, Shane is my son and also a professional illustrator. Occasionally we have fun doing online projects such as this. This is the fourth piece in our project.

Sharing Shade
Little Landscape project #4 by Shane Rebenschied
6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed
US $125 plus $10 shipping


If you're interested in purchasing this piece, just click on the BUY NOW button. It will be shipped in a week or two when the painting is dry.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Little Landscape project - Hikurangi Hotel

When I was a kid, every town in New Zealand had a hotel & pub; hotel upstairs and the pub down. During WWI, as a wartime measure, liquor could not be served after 6 pm but it became a way of life and didn't change until 1967. But while 6 o'clock closing was still in effect, men would get off work and make a dash to the pub to drink as much as they could in 45 minutes. This became known as The Six O'Clock Swill.  Now we have more civilized hours but many of the iconic pubs still remain. They all look similar to this one - the Hikurangi Hotel. Another Kiwi icon is the Four Square grocery store that you see on the right side. Hikurangi is a little town north of Whangarei, not much more than a wide spot in the road.

Little Landscape #3 - The Hikurangi Hotel
6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed
US $125 plus $10 shipping


Even though the pubs in New Zealand had a 6 o'clock closing, they weren't allowed to close during business hours. My father was a builder and had the job of moving the Waiwera Pub to another location. The pub was jacked up and moved on rails to the new location while full of patrons.  

Magpie & Chamisa

I love chemisa - the yellow flowered bush that blooms in New Mexico and southern Colorado in the autumn. It's a lovely blue-green color and when the yellow flowers are set against the purple shadows that you often see in the clear air of the southwest, it's a beautiful combination. This painting is one of the ten paintings I'll be exhibiting at Art for the Sangres in Westcliffe, Colorado, September 23 & 24th.

Magpie & Chamisa
16" x 8" oil on gessoed board

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Little Landscape project, #2

The small iconic town of Kawakawa is not far from where I live in New Zealand. NZ gets a lot of rain so the verandah covered sidewalks are typical of kiwi towns. Though we do have large chain stores such as Kmart and Warehouse, towns still have many privately owned shops; a butcher, bakery, hardware store, clothing, takeaway food (fish & chips) and lots of cafes. Americans say that New Zealand reminds them of California 40 years ago.

Kawakawa - Little Landscape #2
6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Early Riser

Early Riser
20" x 24" oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Little Landscape project begins!

My son and I are starting a new online project titled Little Landscapes.  Last time, I painted bird studies and he did primarily landscapes. This time, I'm also doing mainly landscapes, but mine will be of New Zealand. Shane is a full-time illustrator with three kids so finding time to paint for the project won't be easy for him, but be patient, and he'll make some contributions.

This first little painting is an original oil of Goat Island at Leigh, very close to the town of Warkworth, New Zealand, where I grew up. My father was one of the first scuba divers in New Zealand in the 1950's and would bring home plenty of crays (NZ's lobster). Now it is a protected marine reserve.

Prices shown are in U.S. dollars. The paintings in this project will all be 6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed. Payment is through Paypal. If you prefer not to use Paypal, email me and we'll make other arrangements. If the Paypal link doesn't work, that usually means it has sold.  Thanks for your interest in our project!

Check out Shane's illustrations.

Goat Island at Leigh by Adele Earnshaw 
LL#1,  6" x 8" unframed  oil on gessoed board

On Hold

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Slow Lane

I paint a lot of roads - perhaps because I'm a traveller and I like the stories they tell. This oil will be one of ten paintings I'll be exhibiting at Art for the Sangres in Westcliffe, Colorado, September 23, 24th, 2016.  The Slow Road is painted on a gessoed hardboard. I buy a 4' x 8' sheet of masonite and using a Stanley knife and a metal ruler, I cut it into the sizes I need. I've tried using various electric saws to make the job easier but they just aren't accurate enough for me.  So....back to the Stanley knife.

The Slow Lane
9" x 18" oil on gessoed board

Friday, June 24, 2016

An exciting new painting project!

Five years ago, my son and I joined forces for an online project titled "75 for 75".  It was wildly successful thanks to friends, fellow artists and collectors. Last week, Shane suggested we do it again!
This time we'll both paint primarily landscapes. Last time I did bird studies as I wanted to learn how to paint them looser and more painterly. I struggle with landscapes so I hope this will help me become a better landscape painter.

All the paintings in this project will be 6" x 8" oil on gessoed boards. They'll sell for US $125 (unframed) plus $10 shipping.  We'll post a couple of landscapes per week here on my blog, our websites, Facebook and Instagram. Payment will be through Paypal.

This is my first piece for the project. It's pretty tight, but as with the bird studies,  I'm hoping that by the time I finish the project, my landscapes will be looser and much more painterly.  This piece isn't available for sale until the project officially starts next week.

Little Landscape Project #1
Goat Island - Leigh
6" x 8" oil on gessoed board, unframed

Monday, June 20, 2016

Across the Evening Sky

"Across the Evening Sky" was inspired by the Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. I have exhibited at The Waterfowl Festival every year for close to thirty years. The nearby Blackwater Refuge is one of my favorite places to paint - in fact I used a watercolor that I did at the Blackwater as reference material for this painting. 

Across the Evening Sky
9" x 19 1/2" oil on linen

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Winter Color

This little guy is one of the paintings I've done for a show at Mountain Trails Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. The paintings will hang for the month of October, 2016.

Winter Color
7" x 7" oil on gessoed board