Sunday, November 30, 2014


sketchbook research... selecting titles for some recently finished pieces...

the studio, this week... precariously stacked paintings in various stages of drying...

detail shot of newest floor painting, in progress...

There is quite a lot to be thankful for this year. Reflecting back on the past twelve months, there have been some pretty spectacular moments. Now, I'm right where I always wanted to be. And, I have some exciting projects in the works that I can't wait to share with you. Until then, have a great week and I'll see you back here next Sunday. =)

Sunday, November 23, 2014


studies from recent life drawing sessions

after Uglow (Gyroscope Model)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New / In progress work

I finished this little guy yesterday - 15"x15", oil on canvas. This is the third in the new jar series... head over to my website to see the others. They are a fun side project in between larger pieces; I still think they relate to my body of work as a whole, though. The idea of residue has been weighing heavily on my mind lately.

... mixing up some sexy chromatic neutrals...

... and for those of you who have wanted more studio wall and floor pieces, here is a detail of the newest floor painting, in progress.

All in all, it's been a good studio week. Lots of exciting projects in the works - stay tuned, details soon! Be sure to check the Facebook page for updates during the week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Studio (November)

I bought a new easel recently. Best purchase I've made in a long time. This one is much sturdier than my old French easel, and it is big enough to hold canvases with a wider profile. I'm very excited about the prospect of making larger paintings again.

details of a new work in progress – it's always about finding the balance between image and surface

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SIRENS - reception this week!

Lewis University

“Sirens: Art Exhibition by 
Blaine Bradford and Samantha Haring”

November 1 - 25, 2014

The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery
Romeoville Campus - The Oremus Fine Arts Center
Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 6, 3-4 pm
(Open to the public)
Reception: Thursday, November 6, 7-9 pm 

(Open to the public)
Blaine Bradford earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and completed his M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University’s School of Art in 2010, where he is currently a Foundations Instructor and 2D mentor. Blaine predominately works in oil paint on canvas, occasionally switching to digital process to manipulate presentation and theme. Samantha Haring earned her B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and she recently completed her M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University this past May. Samantha is an observational oil painter. Her work reinvigorates the mundane through the faithful depiction of things that may otherwise go unnoticed. 
Want More Information?
Contact Natalie Swain, Gallery Coordinator, for more information

Hope to see you at the reception this Thursday! Check my website for full images of several new paintings, and be sure to check my Facebook page for updates during the week!