Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Mid Day, North Fairfield" - © Chris Greco

"Mid Day, North Fairfield"
12x12" oil on canvas panel.
This is the first of two paintings from last Sunday.
A very pleasant day and a very much needed change from Saturday's drama in Leroy Township.
We met two very nice people, Ruth and Earl from the North Fairfield Museum and learned a little bit of the history of the town and it's connection to the people and towns in our own home state.

"Erie Beach", "The Danger In Leroy Township" - © Chris Greco

"Erie Beach"
12x12 oil on canvas panel.
On Saturday morning we drove out to Erie, PA and stopped at this small beach to sketch.

 "The Danger In Leroy Township"
9x12 oil on canvas panel.
On Saturday afternoon we stopped in Leroy and drove through Indian Point Park in search of 
a subject to paint.

As we drove down the gravel road (Indian Point Road) and came out of the park I saw  this appealing
scene and thought it would be fun to paint. About 40 minutes into my sketch a big red truck
came roaring down the road from the farm up ahead. The driver screeched to a halt next to us
and proceeded to threaten me, implying that he had a weapon and that the road and the side of the road was private property and I had to leave immediately.  I think the photo my wife took of me painting, clearly shows that I am in line with the utility poles which is public land, NOT private property. Btw, for those that live out there, the truck had a NOVAK LANDSCAPING sign on it.  We called the Lake County Sheriff's office...they declined to come out. Apparently threatening two people on the side of a public road is okay out there.
My advice; Avoid Leroy Township and don't expect the Lake County Sheriff to help 
you if you are threatened or in danger.
I'm not even going to get into the trucks that crept up on us from behind or followed us back to the highway...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Two sketches from August 16 - © Christopher Greco

"Sunday in Oberlin"
8x10 oil on canvas panel.

"In the Company of Pine Cones"
8x10 oil on canvas panel.

An interesting day of painting. It started at a lake near Wellington. A beautiful morning and a nice shady spot under the pines. After the first sketch, we decided to drive over to Oberlin. We stopped for gas and then noticed a plume of black smoke...there was a barn on fire about 200 yards away!  We watched the firemen for a few minutes and then continued our trip. Oberlin is a pretty town but we encountered an unusually high number of jack asses. A very  obnoxious and rude college girl in a Ben Franklin store and several car stereo sound systems that were so loud they bordered on a "assault" They "music" was offensive and hardly more than a collection of every four letter word they could think of.  Lastly, a car parked a few feet from us threw a firecracker out the window. As a plein air painter, I have encountered all manner of jerks while on my painting expeditions, this was a first.
My advice to other painters, visit Wellington. It is a beautiful small town.
The Dog Tracks restaurant is great, the waitresses are the best and there is an abundance of subject matter. On the other hand, Oberlin is pretty but not worth it if it requires dealing with so many ass holes.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

"Clague House" - © Christopher Greco

"Clague House"
8x10 oil on canvas.
I had 30 minutes of painting before the sun had settled to low. I picked this subject for the reflected light and color on the brick wall and under the eaves...and it was peaceful.

Monday, August 10, 2015

"Lake Erie Weekend" sketches - © Christopher Greco

"Lake Erie Weekend sketches"
8x10, 8x8 oil on canvas panels.
Finally a chance to paint this summer. Three are from above the beach in Bay Village and one is from Vermillion. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"April Chatter Over Stony Ways" - © Christopher Greco

"April Chatter Over Stony Ways"
9x12" oil on masonite panel.
A most awkward, uncomfortable position for painting. The ground was soft and on an incline, with a willow immediately behind me. I usually stand at the easel but with branches at head height it made more sense to sit under them. I was too far into the painting when I realized one side of my camp stool was sinking into the mud. As quickly as I painted, there were lots of aches and pains by the time I got home. The title comes from the poem
by: Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Another Spring In Frostville" - © Christopher Greco

"Another Spring In Frostville"
16x20" oil on canvas.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Down Stream, Towards The Light" - © Christopher Greco

The Sale/Make An Offer
is still on.
"Down Stream, Towards The Light"
8x10 oil on canvas panel.

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"A Spring Stream Is Born To Run" - © Christopher Greco

 -The Sale/Auction/Make an Offer-
This week 4/5 - 4/11 all proceeds will be gifted to McKenzie Walker
 in honor of her dad Bob.
Bob was a star in the world of animation and a treasured friend and mentor at
Walt Disney Feature Animation. His sudden passing has left all of us shocked
and saddened. The loss of a little girls dad is most tragic. Please help if you can.

If you see any (available) painting on this blog that interests you, make a purchase or make an offer.
At the end of this week (4/12) we will forward all proceeds to Mckenzie Walker in care of
her mom, Darsey. 
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"A Spring Stream Is Born To Run"
10x8" oil on canvas panel.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

"Easter At Rose Hill" - © Christopher Greco

"Easter At Rose Hill"
12x9" oil on Arches paper.
The success of the auction for Bob Walkers daughter has encouraged me to expand the auction and open it up to any and all available paintings on my blog...there are probably 500 available paintings and sketches for sale through PayPal but we are open to any and all offers. All (100 %) of the proceeds will be sent to Mckenzie Walker (7 yrs old) in care of her mom, Darsey Fogg Warham.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

"Fairview Hospital From The Metro Park" - © Christopher Greco

"Fairview Hospital From The Metro Park"
9x12" oil on Arches paper.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

"A Fallen Friend" - © Chris Greco - SOLD

The auction for this painting has ended. The winning bid was $750.00.

I would like to offer all of the proceeds of any painting purchased this week to be added to this. You can click on the PayPal button or email an offer to

Thank you for your generosity and Happy Easter.
"A Fallen Friend"
11x14" oil on Arches paper.

The world lost a talented artist and film director and a friend to many. A little girl lost her dad and that is all I can think of today.

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The proceeds of this painting will be given to McKenzie Walker in honor of her dad Bob.
Bidding ends at midnight, Saturday April 4, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Marsh Madness 1 and 2" - © Chris Greco 2015

 "Marsh Madness 1"
12x9" oil on Arches Oil Paper.
I like this paper. It took me a few tries to get used to it but I think it is a nice alternative 
surface and the price is right.

"Marsh Madness 2"
9x7" oil on illustration board.
I prepared a bunch of boards for a "Brother Bear" painting/workshop/research trip we took to Wyoming about 13 or 14 years ago...I still had a few that had never been used.
I believe in planning ahead and... I rarely ever throw anything away.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"A Walk In March" - "Reclining On The Bank" - © Chris Greco

 "A Walk In March"
40x30" oil on Canvas.
I began this in early March. I don't think I'm done with it yet but it's time to let it rest. I'll look at it again in a few weeks or so and see how I feel about it then.

"Reclining On The Bank"
9x12 oil on masonite panel.
A quick sketch on a sunny but chilly afternoon.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"March, Distant Ice" and "A Patch Of Snow Across The River" - © Chris Greco

"March, Distant Ice"
12x9" oil on Arches Paper

"A Patch of Snow Across the River"
12x9" oil on Arches Paper.
March is often overcast gray, wet, cold and muddy in Ohio as it was on this day. There was a little bit of sun in the morning but it didn't last. I find it very difficult to paint.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday and Sunday Sketches - © Chris Greco

Saturday and Sunday Sketches
approx. 7x9" oil on board.

Enjoying and watching and sketching the snow melt after a very harsh winter.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mystic Tea and Flowers - © Christopher Greco - SOLD

"Mystic Tea and Flowers"
8x10" oil on Arches paper.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winterior - © 2014 Christopher Greco

12x9" oil on Arches paper.
A cold and gray winters day, viewed from a comfortable interior.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A Cold Days Clutter - © Christopher Greco

"A Cold Days Clutter"
12x9"" oil on Arches Paper.
Too cold to paint outside. The overloaded coat stand, a section of an old Florida painting with the flowers our son in law gave to my wife and Olivia's tea cup and saucer and I was in business.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

S'November - © Christopher Greco

Approx. 9 x12" oil on Arches Paper.
This spot is directly across the street from my house. The temperature was hovering around 12°...I only lasted about 30 minutes, including the run back inside. It is strange to see this much snow while there are still leaves on so many trees.  The rest of the painting was done in my studio, after I thawed out.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hot Spot on a Cold Day - © Christopher Greco

"Hot Spot on a Cold Day"
7x9" oil on a gesso board.
It was a bright and brilliant day, after the first snowstorm of the season. Our cat, Ginger found some warmth in front of the garage.
I started with a rough sketch, followed with an orange and blue wash in. The next step was to begin blocking in color,  the rest of the time was spent fixing it as best I could.

Friday, November 7, 2014

P B and J, Deconstructed - © Christopher Greco- SOLD

"P B and J, Deconstructed"
12x12" oil on masonite panel.
It seems that nearly every daily painter or "realist" has painted a peanut butter and jelly is my version. The cool light, was from a south facing window on a gray day.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

An Arrangement On West 33 - © Christopher Greco

"An Arrangement On West 33"
11x14" oil on canvas.
When I am painting, I must have a very lost or forlorn expression on my face because someone always stops and wants to tell me about Jesus.
I started this painting by blocking everything in using Yellow Ochre and Ultramarine Blue. My plan was to have some of it show through the additional layers of paint and some of it would mix into the added didn't really work out that way as I kept repainting over the top and the applications of paint became more and more opaque with a heavy impasto in some areas.

A lesson learned ...don't set up near a church, along side a thrift store on a Sunday.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Water Tower Series- © Christopher Greco

"The Water Tower Series"
6x6" (each) oil on canvas panels.
This is the complete group of small paintings that I was considering entering in a gallery show/competition. I've decided to pass on the competition this year.  
As we close in on the Holiday Season, I would like to suggest, if you need to gift a group or staff or  coworkers, or really love water towers...these would make a memorable and lasting group of gifts.
I would like to sell them as a collection (because I need the Monet!).
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumnal Recompense - © Christopher Greco

"Autumn Recompense"
11x14" oil on canvas panel.
Last week my dog Maddie suffered an attack, possibly a stroke. There was little the vet could do and basically offered up two options, one we wouldn't/couldn't do, so we took the other option and brought her back home. For two days she was completely paralyzed on the left side. I carried her around the yard and my wife stayed with her all night and continued to research her condition and care. On the third day Maddie wagged her tail, only a little but that was enough to lift our spirits and encourage us. On the fourth day she moved her back leg a tiny bit. Previously both legs on her left side had been as rigid as stone. Her next breakthrough was that somehow she was able to stand and lean against something. We would walk into a room and she would be standing! The other night she took a step! She is now able to walk. She is wobbly and stumbles and her left side doesn't work properly but she has figured out how to compensate as she recovers. Tonight she was able to hop up two steps on three legs and she has figured out how to get up on the couch.
This painting was from Saturday, (when Maddie first stood up). I brought an extra dog bed outside and she laid next to me as I painted. At one point I ran inside to get paper towels and when I came back out she was standing next to her bed. It's been an eventful Autumn so far!
My approach on the last couple of paintings has been a bit different than usual. First, I roughly drew out the composition (I rarely ever do that). I did the drawing with a Sharpie marker (never did that before). Next, I painted/toned the canvas using 2 colors. Everything in light was painted Orange and everything in shadow was painted Ultramarine Blue. The Sharpie drawing was still visible which helped and then I began blocking everything in and went on to paint in my usual way. I think this approach was useful and I will experiment with it on more paintings.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Annual Paean - Christopher Greco - SOLD

 "Annual Paean"
12x16" oil on canvas panel.
All of the advantages and reasons I paint in the woods seemed to occur on this afternoon, and some of the disadvantages too. As I started setting up my easel a flock of wild turkeys came through (advantage).  I got out my cell phone and started to follow through the woods and the brush, crouching and taking pictures (advantage). Eventually they went into an area too dense for me to follow so I returned to my spot and set myself to work.  Clearing away some branches and twigs at my feet left me with a palm full of thorns (disadvantage). Once that was dealt with I began to draw out my composition (advantage)...something wasn't right. On further inspection I found that my sweater was covered with thousands of burrs and was sticking to itself making it awkward to move or draw (disadvantage). While attempting to pull them off one at a time I started to wonder, how do the animals get the burrs off of them?...rub against tree bark! I tried it and it worked like a charm (advantage). All of this activity took time and the light changed drastically from what I had intended to paint (disadvantage). I turned and was presented with this view...huge Advantage!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall and the Almost Fallen - © Christopher Greco - SOLD

"Fall and the Almost Fallen"
12x16" oil on canvas panel.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Silence and the Autumn Rain - © Christopher Greco

"The Silence and the Autumn Rain"
9x12" oil on canvas panel.
The leaves were wet and soft.
As I walked on them I noticed that the only sound was the drizzling rain on the leaves above me. 
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6x6 paintings

These are paintings I am thinking about entering in a gallery competition/show. The paintings have to be six inch squares.  I chose this subject because I liked the idea of painting the huge tower on a tiny canvas. Ten years ago we were searching for a home here, this tower became the landmark we used to find our way around. For the last couple of weeks I have been exploring the various views and times of day. 
I will post individual images of the paintings when I finish the series...soon, I hope.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Durham Day - © Christopher Greco -

Durham, Connecticut, Plein Air Oil Painting, October, Autumn, New England, Barns, Trees, Clouds, Daily Painting

"A Durham Day"
9x12" oil on masonite panel.

I was able to spend an hour or so in Durham, Connecticut. The beauty and the essence of Connecticut is evident in every direction. I miss it.


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