Dec 17, 2012

"FOREVER"


I was walking along the soft marsh grounds taking pictures of the wet grasses, pools of water, shadows of sticks and their reflections, a butterfly taking its last drink before it gets to dark.   It was at that point that I looked up and turned just in time to see the sun making its way down to kiss the horizon.
I was so taken with natures beauty I forgot to take a picture but no-mater; I will remember this gift forever.  (SOLD)

Nov 7, 2012

"OUR-TOWN"


Downtown USA on any given day.  When I was doing some of my road shows, traveling through small towns, stopping here and there to ether sleep or eat, I was taken by a feeling that time stood still.  It was like simplicity was alive and well, maybe even innocence prevailed amongst the youth; one can only hope and dream.   I call this painting "OUR-TOWN" seems so appropriate on this day of history making.    40x34 oil on canvas for this summers show.

Nov 6, 2012

"DON'T FENCE ME IN"


Driving some of the back roads I would see farms, barns and dwellings of families all quietly set back far from neighbors and prying eyes.  I would wonder, who lives there and what are they like?   So many look welcoming enough, just void of life.  No Trespassing, Keep Out and Beware of Dog signs posted all weathered and faded indicating they have been up a long, long time.   Sadly I look and think, they're fenced in but can leave and I'm fenced out and can't get in.   After a time I put my car in gear and drive back home where all the homes are neatly lined up side by side, I open my electric garage door then close it behind me; after all, I have to making sure of my privacy. 
This is an original 6x6" oil on board mounted to a 1.5" deep box:  "Sold"

 

Nov 4, 2012

"LATE TUESDAY"


This was in Kansas City Missouri and a trip my sister and I took to see family.   We where just about to pass over train tracks when I stopped, got out of my van to stand near the tracks and take one single shot looking toward the city lights.  This painting is 34x34 by 2" deep canvas.  This painting is slated for next 2013 summer show.

Nov 2, 2012

"59 CADILLAC"

                                                      
                                                       " See on YouTube"

A quick trip up North, camera at the ready, clicking away at this and that I found myself in an open field, staring at the clouds, feeling the soft breeze, listening to the buzz of insects in the tall grasses. Back in my studio I let my mind drift in and out of ideas of what to paint and after a time I knew. (Sold)

Oct 29, 2012

"THE APPLE"






                                               Please click on "YouTube" and see the movie.

This painting was made into a YouTube movie.  I thought long and hard what would be the steps in the filming of the painting.   After a time, I knew I had to paint four apples, then start painting the bits blending each to make it look like I was painting just one apple.... A really fun project and must say.  Each apple painting is a 6x6" square and can be purchased separately for $150+s/h or $600 and that would include shipping.  

"STILL STANDING"


The Great American Plains with its farms, barns, windmills, broken fences and miles of wide open spaces has and is a real love for this visual feast for my soul.  This painting named itself.  I know this shed was built many years ago, like so many of us, it no longer is straight, a little shaky and weathered with time, but still standing.    If you click on "YOUTUBE" there is a movie of the painting's journey. (SOLD)

Oct 19, 2012

"SIMPLICITY"


It was late in the day when I pulled off the road and got out of my van.  Leaning up against it I stood looking at the house across from me.   I didn't see a telephone or electric pole anywhere.   I could just make out some chickens and goats and heard a dog barking.  I held my iPhone up to make

a call but no signal.  WOW, I thought, not to be able to go on line, what would I do with my 31 passwords that I need to stay in contact with all??....   I stared at the house across from me for sometime listening to the sounds of the earth and thought, "Such Simplicity".     
This 6x6" oil painting in on archival panel mounted to a varnished wooden box requiring no framing:  (SOLD)

Oct 17, 2012

"THE SENTINEL"



A study of rust at first glance but there is so much more.  That is what I wanted the feeling to be about in this painting.  I wanted not just to show the age of the subject but the strength of what was.
It is something that we so many times forget to do.  To understand and respect the old as they are the sentinel's of the past and future.  This is a 36x36" oil on canvas.   

Oct 13, 2012

"LAGUNA MOON"



I was chatting with my good friend Susan Davis on Facebook.  Susan is the director and organizer of the fantastic music we have at the Festival of Art in Laguna Beach each summer.  This is the show I am a part of.  Well, on her Facebook page I spot this photo she had taken and I asked if I might use it for a painting, she replied, its yours!   So this is the painting of the moon rising above the beach town in south Laguna at night.  Thanks Susan.   This painting is 6x6" on archival panel mounted to a varnished box:  "Sold"    

Oct 12, 2012

"FIRST CLOUD"



This painting is from a road trip traveling through Kansas.   The day started off with another cloudless sky adding to the fourth month of much needed rain.  The temperature again was way above normal with hot air blowing the lands dry, making for a perfect combination to form the familiar dust devils one sees when crossing the great American Plains.  I had already been driving on the road for about 7 hours when I stopped to take some photographs for some later paintings when I  turned and looked west, there in the blue, blue sky, the first cloud in months.   Shortly after I arrived at my hotel in the early evening, I was standing outside watching a cloud covered sky when the first light rain began to fall.  This painting is a 6x6 inch on panel mounted to a varnished 1.5" deep box:  

Oct 5, 2012

"MORNING COMMUTE"


In trying to think just how many trains I've painted over the years, I seem to have lost count.  I know it's  a lot and I know that every time I start a new painting I get flashbacks of when I was a little boy in Brooklyn playing with my train set.  Sitting on the floor I would watch my dad set it up, It was then I would disappear into my imagination and be one with the train.   I have since forgotten that distinct smell of the oil heating on the electric motor as it went round and round the track, but the memory of it is still there.  Maybe that's why I paint so many of them.  I get to return to that moment, and if only for a moment, be a  little boy once again.   (SOLD)

Sep 29, 2012

"BACK HOME"


Gosh! I'm trying to remember just when I took this little photo.  It was on one of the many trips back to California from AZ as I have family and friend's there.   I must have come across this amongst hundreds of photos about 5 dozen times over the years looking for something to paint, but this time I stopped to listen.  Funny how that happens, I wonder how many other photos have asked me to stop  that I ignored.   How many people I have done the same thing to, makes me stop and wonder.  We are so quick to choose to listen to the loudest when indeed there is much in a whisper.   
This is an original 6x6"oil painting.  For interest in giving this a home send me an "Email" (Sold)

Sep 20, 2012

"MELROSE DRIZZLE"


It was just one of those nights, you know, drizzly kinda evening.  Actually it was a perfect time to go for a walk, meet some friends, have some good food, yes its a stop at "Lala's Argentine Grill".  LA is so crazy, got to love thought.  It is truly a melting pot of tastes...   (Sold)

Sep 18, 2012

"MONDAY MORNING BLUES"


With the sun not even thinking of coming up yet, business still closed, few cars out,  I find myself driving down Melrose thinking "What! am I doing?".  With only three cups of coffee working on  clearing the cobwebs inside my head, the gurgling sounds of my stomach because of the lack of food, I realized most definitely, I was feeling those Monday morning blues. 
This 6x6 box painting.   (SOLD)

Sep 17, 2012

"DAYBREAK"


Gearing up for a full blown canvas always takes time.  Even with my mind whirling with ideas, it still takes time to walk up to a blank canvas and say "HELLO".  It is a commitment for weeks, telling a story, provoking memories, moods and all those human qualities that I want to happen when someone
 sees the finished peace.  That's why I could do lots of these little 6x6 inch paintings first.  So with
that said, here is "DAYBREAK" an original oil, 6x6" on panel mounted to a 1.5" deep box:  

Sep 11, 2012

"DOWNTOWN"

"Downtown" Just the mention of it denotes feelings in everyone. Everyone has a story, memory, recollection "Something" to contribute in the mere mention of "Downtown" Sunday walks, corner bakery, breakfast, lets meet for lunch, all of this and more.... Did you know they are on the endangered list.   Yes I know, every city has a downtown.. But real downtown is like the one in long

 beach, they have one, I used to live just blocks away on Broadway.. Lot's of the little stores are gone, you know, mom's and pop's, you knew there names and they yours... Changes they tell me... Glad I get to paint them and  hold on to my memory's... Oil on Birch panel, mounted on a 6x8 inch varnished box.


Sep 9, 2012

"SUGAR FROSTING"


Now that the festival and the summer show is over and I'm not tempted by the never ending fantastic cupcakes, lemon squares, bundt cakes and all the goodies baked by Marcia, a wonderful water-colorist at the show, maybe I can loose some weight.  She would sneak up with a tray of goodies and ask "would you like one,  like I would say "no".  What made it worse was her husband a relatively big guy (that you never say no to) would also find you and ask the same question... long and short, I gained 10 lbs...
The show has been over for a week.  I've been eating salads, light soups that I make, small pieces of chicken and a vegetable...  So what do I paint today....  Is there no escape!...  This is an original 6x6 oil painting:     

Sep 7, 2012

"RAINING AGAIN"

Traveling on the 91 one late rainy afternoon.  Traffic slowing to a crawl, the glare of headlights, taillights, on and off brake-lights mixed with the pitter-patter background noise of it raining again.  Something in the back of my mind starts it's way up to full consciousness and.... a new painting comes to be...

This oil painting is on board mounted to a 8x6" wooden box:

Sep 6, 2012

"MAGIC HOUR"


Driving at that magic hour one is guaranteed to be late for wherever you where planing on going. Every time I think I'll make it on time I end up wrong, but I have to stop and say if it was not for those stuck in traffic kinda evenings I wouldn't have a great portion of my work.  Coloring, shadows and glare of brake-lights is just what I need  and love.   So the next time you're stuck in traffic stop and say "Gerald would love this"  This is an oil painting on panel mounted to a 6x6" box with no framing needed.

Aug 16, 2012

"SURFS-UP"


With the sky darkening the big waves began to arriving.  Standing barefooted in the cool wet sand I could feel the power and energy rumble up though me with each wave that slammed the shoreline here in Laguna Beach.  Letting my mind drift with the never ending sound of the surf a painting emerged for another 6x6"oil.  This is on canvas and ready for a wall nearest you :-) (SOLD)

 

Aug 14, 2012

"LAGUNA WAVE"


After 6 weeks of hanging out at the festival of arts I thought it was time to paint a fraction of the shoreline with its amazing seascape views all around, hear in Laguna Beach.  This is just up from Hotel Laguna where there are lots of rocks under the surf creating some really fantastic waves for the surfers to catch.  Then there are guys like myself that cant swim but sure can catch those waves on canvas.   This little 6x6 inch wonder "if I do say so myself "is painted on canvas mounted to a wooden box: $150+8.5 s/h  (SOLD)
 

Aug 7, 2012

"NEW YORK #2" urban landscape by gerald schwartz


This year I painted a 60x36 called "NY new york," if you "click on this" you will see the original.   Well that painting gave me a thought, (why not paint a 6x6"). I'll make some changes and see if I can make it work.  The challenge was on, paintbox in hand I set up my plain-air easel out on the patio and began.   The hours past quickly as a new painting came to life.  I named it "New York #2" in honer of. This is in oils, on canvas, mounted  to one of my varnished box's.  It is priced at $150+8.50 for shipping here in the USA. (SOLD)
 

Aug 6, 2012

"PARADISE LOST"


 Finely I'm far from it all.   Sitting in a comfortable chair with my legs outstretched sipping on something cool, the feel of warm breezes, sounds of tropical birds hidden in the shadows of the trees, not a care in the world when it started.  It happened slowly at first, then within minuets the need got bad.... I tried to resist but it was to late, my cell phone found its way to my hand, then my ear, pressing it close and without warning I heard myself say those words...... "Can you hear me now?"       (SOLD)
 

Aug 1, 2012

"SILENCE" landscape by gerald schwartz

 How to paint stillness? This was my challenge in developing this painting.  It was controlling the lights and dark's and to give endless depth.  Lots going on in this little 6x6 inch oil painting.
It is on canvas mounted on Birch wood panel on a 1.5 inch deep varnished wooden box requiring not framing.  This painting is in a show this week but you my buy it now and I'll ship it in one week.  (SOLD)

Jul 20, 2012

"ON TIME" by gerald schwartz

This 6x6" oil painting is on canvas that has been mounted to a 1.5 deep varnished wooden box so no framing needed.  I covered the canvas with lots of gesso adding some nice texture, then I begain the painting.  I wanted to feel the power of this monster coming, I wanted the vewier to almost hear the rumble.   This is going into my show once it is dry.  For info just email me at "ART" (SOLD)



  • Jul 15, 2012

    "THE ELEVEN"


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    So I'm messing around trying to up-load this YouTube video when I inadvertently deleted a year of posting... Ah! The joy of working with computers..... Anyway..... Take a look at this, I will repost some stuff again...