Posts Tagged ‘still life painter’

Artist of the moment….Judith Pond Kudlow….

Judith Pond Kudlow is a wonderful realist painter working mainly with the still life. Kudlow was born in Whitefish, Montana.

I found out about the artist as I watch financial television all day and she is married to a well known economist who has a political and money show on CNBC, his name is Lawrence “Larry”  Kudlow. For the readers whom are financial people I would like to give a shout out !!! Congrats!!! To Tom Keene of Bloomberg who has been broadcasting twenty years today!!! He will be ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange today.


I enjoy looking at her paintings of cloth the most. I first became aware of the artist after seeing some still life paintings she had made of Mr. Kudlow’s ties. The presentation and subject matter reminded me of the great Chilean master painter Claudio Bravo. Here is a wonderful example of Claudio Bravo and his paintings of fabric.


Kudlow has recently made a DVD talking about the sight size method and painting the still life. Below is a short excerpt from the program.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Kudlow attended the College of William and Mary. Kudlow also has studied at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art, and the School of Visual Arts.

Price range information: Kudlow works mainly with oils on linen. Most works are priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Kudlow currently keeps a studio in East Harlem where she also has started her own atelier. The name of the atelier is the Harlem Studio of Art.  Kudlow and a well known  painter from Florence, Andrea Smith, started the school in New York city. Now the school has another location which is in Rome, Italy. Andrea Smith is in charge of this location.

Kudlow has appeared in several national art magazines such as American Art Collector and American Artist.

Another artist who is great at painting fabric is Janet Monafo. I have seen this artist’s work in person and was blown away by her brilliant painting of white cloth. She did a wonderful job using complimentary colors from the yellow and purple families and the fabric had a very reflective sheen in the painting. Below is an example of Monafo’s painting of fabric and cloth.


If you would like to improve your painting of cloth and fabric I would strongly suggest viewing Jane Jones and her program titled Painting Elegant Drapery. Jones is a well known artist that loves to work with flowers and fabric. She uses the same method of blending for both. I found this program to be a great investment and improved my skill tremendously. Below is click to her website. She now has 11 DVDs out on the market. For the old timers like myself I enjoy the DVDs but you can also download access to the program via sources like ArtClick.TV for different periods of time if you don’t want to purchase a hard copy. Her DVDs are for me the best value out there. Very reasonably priced.


Hope you are now inspired to try and paint some fabric and cloth!

Get those brushes moving!


Artist of the moment…..Jeff Legg….


This is a great internationally known and collected artist best known for his work with the still life. He paints a variety of vases, glasses, teapots, bronze objects, alongside grapes, branches of eucalyptus, slices of cantalope, and fish. You get the idea. He paints much in the same manner as present day master David Leffel or his wife Sherry McGraw.


He gave a wonderful painting demo yesterday at the Oil Painters of America West Regional Exhibit in downtown Denver at  Legg paints on masonite which isn’t totally smooth, he likes some texture. Covered the panel with a raw umber and white grey. He then used umber and black to lay in the silhouettes of the objects. The interesting part here was that he took control of the leaves by splitting the canvas with very dark and very light leave shapes. It wasn’t at all how they appeared in person.


After laying in the basic shapes and shadows of his subjects Legg made a great mauve combo for some of the leaves of the eucalyptus. It looked great and even better next to the following color, a bright orange slice of cantalope. He then painted a vase in a few strokes with some quick dark strokes of blue. The canvas had awesome color at this state. As he states many times when he starts in a subject after blocking in the vignette, time to bring it to life.


Legg was quick to tell us he paints many times from memory that way he can accomplish a feel that wants rather than just a realistic recreation. By the way the set up was just on table with an ordinary lamp with a light bulb. I agree that its no sense to get a 5000 calvin or what have you light bulb to view something, you can use your artistic license to create the colors you want. He just used an ordinary light to light the subject from the left of the painting.


The coolest part of the painting was when he brought a wonderful large copper teapot to life. The used a palette knife to add some oranges and yellow sweeping lines of color which made the entire painting jump. He also used the knife to further work the dark underside of the table. One thing to make certain was to light the top of the table to give your painting more depth. More light on top, more shadow on the bottom.


He then put a few lights into some grapes and that was it! Just over 2 hours time. A great demonstration and the audience was totally quiet, engaged highly in following the path of the artist.


Another tip I learned was that Legg uses faster drying that oils alkyd colors and gamsol by gamblin for his medium of choice. He also uses the slow dry medium as a varnish, which due to the quick drying time of the paints a work can be varnished in a few days after painting whereas with oils you should weight up to six months time.


Legg has three painting DVDs out, I haven’t bought any yet but was so impressed with his demo I will order at least one next paycheck!

A short clip of the artist teaching at Whidbey Island Fine Arts.

A clip showing one of his Lilliedahl video productions with Jeff Legg. Mrs. Lilliedahl passed away recently but she was a great teacher and I have several of her dvds and look back upon them often. Great painter of roses was Mrs. Lilliedahl.

Jeff Legg was born in 1953 in Joplin, Missouri. He enjoyed art as a youngster and was ablet to study with a great regional artist named Darrell Dishman. Legg then went on to study art in college in Minnesota at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been in many national art magazines such as American Art Collector and Southwest Art magazine.


Before starting an art career the artist ran a successful retailing business.


This demo was just great. I found this artist’s approach more interesting and quicker than David Leffel, who paints in a similar manner. Using alkyds seemed to work very well for the artist and I will give it  a shot this coming week. The most interesting thing I learned was that Legg thinks most of the still life painters out there are bad, and there are many bad still life paitntings out there to look at. But Legg enjoy them very much and his love for his subject shows thru in his paintings!




Artist of the moment….Olga Antonova…

A link to the artist’s website:

The artist hails from Russia. She was born in the city of Volgograd, Russia in 1956. She has been featured in several national artistic magazines for her paintings of teacups and saucers.

I enjoy her style of making the teacup the main part of the works, rather than just an object supporting a flower or similar still life arrangement.

The artist is great at creating excitement in her works by varying the different textures that she uses.

The artist attended school at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia and finished in 1980.

The artist splits her time between France and Boston, Massachusetts.

In her artist’s statement she likes to speak about the journey of becoming an artist, how she is always reaching for the next step in better portraying her subject matter. The artist is highly skilled at not only painting the image of the cup, but also the fun details such as cracks and chip in plate. Her goal in painting is to capture the solitude and quiet of the location and place.

The artist has been in museum shows in the United States, France, and Germany.

Also a favorite of mine are her paintings of antique porcelain plates. She has a great penchant of filling the background space with cooler greys which makes the bright colors of the cup stand out even more. She also paints much larger than life, some paintings of single cups measure thirty to forty inches on either side.

on line and land based galleries: Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Gallery Henoch in New York, New York.

Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown, MA.

I enjoy the fact she makes ordinary objects such as cups come to life and become exciting. Very similar in design to the artist Giorgio Morandi, the famous Italian artist who painted thousands of cups over his long artistic career.

low price range: $1,500

high price range: $7,000

Other than her well known tea cups the artist has ventured into painting items such as shoes and umbrellas. Her fabric reminds me of the Perisan art of centuries past. In a series the artist did featuring polished items such as ladles and silverware, her tableclothes were amazing. Sometimes bright colored floral images fill the tabletop, other times the top has a checkered mosaic style.

Next time you are going to have your morning coffee, take some time and do a short composition remembering the fun you can have playing with shapes that repeat. Think of artists like Antonova and Morandi for very simple design ideas.

Happy painting!