Bruce Marsh

Painting: Images and Thoughts.

I’ve forgotten to post images of paintings here for the past few months!! You can see I have a variety of images and interests; nature, landscapes, suburban Florida, weather, close observation, deep and shallow space, color, ad infinitum!!

It has been a very productive time for me. It has also been professionally rewarding; I had a two person show at the Maitland Art and History Museum in November, I was included with three paintings in the Exhibition “Florida Contemporary” at Artis-Naples in January – April, and I have a solo show opening at the Vero Beach Museum of Art in September.

It is such a pleasure to paint full time!! Over past years I’ve always been able to find distractions, and ways to split up my time. The past couple of years have been almost solely devoted to the painting, and it has been terrific! Onward.



” Intersection with Sunset” Oil/Linen 44″ X 72″ 2015



” A Little Night Music” Oil/Linen  44″ X 72″ 2015


“Parking Lot” Oil/Canvas  48″ X 48″ 2016


“RR Crossing” Oil/Panel  9″ X 18″  2015


“Fall Woods” Oil/Linen 44″ X 72″ 2015


“RR Stones” Oil/Canvas 48″ X 48″ 2016


“Sea Stones II” Oil/Linen 60″ X 65″ 2016


” Shells”  Oil/Linen 44″ X 48″ 2016


“Sea Grapes” Oil/Canvas  48″ X 48″ in progress, April 2016.


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Oil/Linen, 60

Oil/Linen, 60″ X 65″

Finished! The photo is a bit too blue…and too dark at the bottom. I’ll adjust it later. This was a real challenge in observation and drawing. I work from a gridded photo source, but fitting the irregular shapes together is always difficult…but the act of observing and drawing allows for qualities to slip into the work which are both unexpected and expressive.

I see the thin grid lines are visible; I leave them to reference the process I use, and to quietly contradict the illusion of depth in the painting.  They produce somewhat of an animated view for the spectator.

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A small area of the painting, in progress, to show the paint handling.

A small area of the painting, in progress, to show the paint handling.


“Waves” Oil on Linen, 60″ X 65 “, in progress. August 7, 2015


Here’s my current piece in progress. A good deal still needs to be done…the modeling and focus of the patterns of light and patterns of reflections, and also adjustments to the overall color. It is almost monochromatic now, and I want to make all the darks warmer…to contrast with the cool lights.

Stay tuned.

Oil/Linen, 42" X 72" July 2015

Oil/Linen, 42″ X 72″ July 2015

New painting; A highway intersection here in Ruskin Florida in late afternoon light. From a snapshot as usual, note the tilted horizon and tilted perspective. It is not projected or mechanically enlarged, but drawn and painted by hand and eye, Close and intense observation has been at the core of my work for years, it is a continual challenge, and a continuing source of deep satisfaction. The close looking, and the invention necessary to translate the observations into shapes and color, creates images that are quite distinct from any other images I know of. I also have the hope that there is meaning which somehow creeps into the finished work.

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