Featured Artist Douglas Newton

Douglas Newton captures the translucency of light through an object as well as the contrasts between light and shadow in his still lifes. Enjoy his portfolio and learn more about him by visiting his website.

 

"Blue Glasses and Butterscotch" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30" by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Glasses and Butterscotch” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

I’m an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. I paint in oils and I’m inspired by the hidden beauty in everything around us. Light and shadow, rich colors and complex textures inspire me to start a painting. I work directly from life without using photographs. The blue glasses in Blue Glasses and Butterscotch created a symphony of blues when backlit. The yellows of the butterscotch candies were the perfect contrast to the blues.

 

"Yellow and Blue" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24"by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Yellow and Blue” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

Yellow and Blue is another variation on the yellow and blue theme. The light coming through the translucent feathers inspired me to start painting. It’s one of a series of paintings of feathers, both dyed and natural.

 

"Three Marble Eggs" Oil on Canvas, 30" x30" by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Three Marble Eggs” Oil on Canvas, 30″ x30″

 

The paintings of marble eggs are a tribute to my mother who collected them. I loved painting the patterns and the internal glow from their translucency.

 

"Five Marble Eggs" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Five Marble Eggs” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

I looked at them for years, and just recently thought of painting them.

 

"Cerise" Oil and Canvas, 22" x 28"by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Cerise” Oil and Canvas, 22″ x 28″

 

Translucency is a big part of my paintings of colored tissue paper such as Cerise and Citrine.

 

"Citrine" Oil on Canvas, 22" x 28" by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Citrine” Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 28″

 

Some of the tissue paper paintings are nearly abstract like Triadic.

 

"Triadic" Oil on Canvas, 30" x 30"by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Triadic” Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″

 

In contrast, Fuchsia and Violet is recognizable,  but still creates a strong abstract pattern. All the tissue paper paintings are about the color and the unexpected patterns that happen when light passes through the paper or is reflected off of the surface.

 

"Fuchsia and Violet" Oil on Canvas, 30" x 30"by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fuchsia and Violet” Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 30″

 

Last are a series of paintings of candy or really of their foil and cellophane wrappers. Paintings of candy started me in this direction of capturing light and translucency. Three Almond Kisses finds the beauty in the candy of our childhood.

 

"Three Almond Kisses" Oil on Canvas, 24" x 18" by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Three Almond Kisses” Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 18″

 

Star is a closeup of a green candy star surrounded by orange gum drops. I could have never invented such a complex maze of colors and reflections. It had to be discovered, by closely examining the strangeness in ordinary things.

 

"Star" Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36" by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Star” Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

The photo of my easel and glass palette shows a painting in progress: Dark Kisses, of some Hershey dark chocolate Kisses. Happily, the painting is now in a collection.

 

"Dark Kisses" Painting in Progress by artist Douglas Newton. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dark Kisses” Painting in Progress

 

I have been painting full time for fifteen years, after a career as an advertising art director and painting part time. I sell my work mostly on my own and occasionally through galleries in New York City.

 

Artist Douglas Newton with "Yellow and Blue." See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Douglas Newton with “Yellow and Blue”

 

Actually, I’ve been drawing and painting all my life. My website also shows a long series of food still lifes, plus other paintings of toys and household objects, figure drawings plus an earlier group of imaginary surrealistic landscapes.

I hope you enjoy looking at my work.

 

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Comments

  1. Shay August says:

    Impressive! I enjoy the contrast of lights and shadows. Well done.

  2. Your paintings are very realistic. All the colors used in your paintings coordinate well with one another. I like how the chocolate kisses and feathers pop out as if they were on a table.

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