Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Commission, Part 2

The Composition.

The collector who is commissioning this piece has some very specific requirements; particularly that red should be the predominant color in the painting.

We passed several sketches back and forth to work out a general design, this being one of them.

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When the basic composition was settled, I got the items I needed from my props collection (and of course the grocery store for the perishables), and put together the setup I'd be working from.

Displaying ApplesCherriesWineBread-preliminary.jpg

When I sent over the image of the setup, the collector made what turned out to be an excellent compositional suggestion; move the bread back and the apples to the fore.

Displaying ApplesCherriesWineBread-preliminary.jpg

In its original position, the bread served too much of a blocking purpose, preventing the eye from moving through the space; almost like a wall.  I hadn't noticed this at first, but making the change made all the difference; now the eye can freely flow through the picture space, and there is a greater sense of depth.  Furthermore, the apples in front increases the red, which is an important component for this painting.

So, with this final design, the collector is happy and gave me to the go-ahead to begin work on it.

In the next post, I'll show the sketch.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Commission, part 1

The Panel

I received a commission to do a traditional still life, and I thought it would be great to document the progress of the painting here.

The size we agreed on is 24x24, so the first step was to prepare the panel. I usually construct my own panels, but since I wanted to be able to start this project quickly, I purchased a good panel instead. I'm using Baltic Birch, and it's cradled to ensure stability.





I did have to pick through about a dozen panels at the art store to find one that had zero defects, and this is the piece I was satisfied with.





After applying a sealer, I applied 4 coats of acrylic ground, and sanded it to a polished surface between each layer using 600 grit sandpaper. I prefer to work on a mid-toned gray surface, so this is a mixture of standard white and black acrylic ground.

The panel is now ready, and in the next post I'll discuss setting up the composition.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Captive Lemon No. 3"

Jeffrey Hayes: Captive Lemon No. 3
"Captive Lemon No. 3" • Oil on Panel • 6x3.5 inches (15x8 cm) • 2009
Private Collection
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Two Truffles"

Jeffrey Hayes: Two Truffles
"Two Truffles" • Oil on Wood • 1.5x2.5 inches (3x6 cm) • 2012
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"Forum No. 13"

Jeffrey Hayes: Forum No. 13
"Forum No. 13" • Oil on Panel • 2x5 inches (5x12 cm) • 2012
Private Collection
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

In progress





Friday, April 11, 2014

"Entourage"

Jeffrey Hayes: Entourage
“Entourage” • Oil on Copper • 5 x 5 inches (12 x 12 cm) • 2014
This painting is available at the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA.

The Big Apple gets surrounded by his crowd of followers. "Entourage" is painted on a prepared copper panel, which is a wonderful and very durable support for oils. A border of unpainted copper is left around the edge, giving it a unique and warm appearance.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

"Getting a Handle on Things"

Jeffrey Hayes: Getting a Handle on Things
“Getting a Handle on Things” • Acrylic on Wood • 2.5 x 2.5 inches (6 x 6 cm) • 2014
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Painting is always a process of discovery on some level. I generally know how things will work out from the beginning, but sometimes there are surprises along the way. A small but beautiful surprise happened when I painted the highlight at the top of the handle. That small dab of white paint instantly brought a drab passage to life. It was kind of a magic moment for me.

This is painted on a prepared block of poplar wood, and set in a deep-format black frame; please see below for an image. To place this painting in your collection via PayPal, please click the "Buy Now" button above, and you will be taken to the PayPal site. Shipment of your painting will be made within two business days. If you have any questions, I can be reached through the contact page on my website... Thank you!

Jeffrey Hayes: Getting a Handle on Things

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Monday, March 31, 2014

"California Roll with Chopsticks"

Jeffrey Hayes: California Roll with Chopsticks
“California Roll with Chopsticks” • Acrylic on Wood • 2.5 x 2.5 inches (6 x 6 cm) • 2014
$185 plus shipping.


It's been well over a year since I've painted any sushi; I've done many in the past but I think I reached my limit. However, a friend is opening a gallery in California (more on that later), and asked me to send her my existing sushi pieces for the opening. Since the subject was on my mind, and since I happened to have some uneaten California Rolls in my fridge, today's painting seemed like a natural.

This is painted on a prepared block of poplar wood, and set in a deep-format black frame; please see below for an image. To place this painting in your collection via PayPal, please click the "Buy Now" button above, and you will be taken to the PayPal site. Shipment of your painting will be made within two business days. If you have any questions, I can be reached through the contact page on my website... Thank you!

Jeffrey Hayes: California Roll with Chopsticks

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"Twisty"

Jeffrey Hayes: Twisty
“Twisty • Oil on Panel • 5 x 8 inches (12 x 20 cm) • 2014
This painting is available at the J. Todd Galleries in Wellesley, MA

I was half-tempted to call this "Pig's Tail", but that just didn't seem right for some reason. Joking aside, there is something elemental and simple about a peeled lemon… and it all has to come out right; there's no place to hide in a painting like this.

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