Saturday, December 29, 2012

Midtown at Dusk

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#066


This is a view looking West on 50th Street, near the Waldorf = Astoria. I couldn't resist the cacophony of lights that is Midtown in New York. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Church Shadows, 2

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#064


This is a painting of Grace Church, located in the East Village, NYC. This is my second painting of this historic church. I took dozens of photographs of the structure back in the fall mostly focusing on the cast shadows.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Self Portrait in Blue

2012, Watercolor on Arches, 6"x 10"
#064


More Christmas stuff painted with my incredibly talented kids. Don't tell them I said that.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Self Portrait in the Round

2012, Graphite on Paper, 7"x 9"


I have my students painting Christmas stuff this week and I just couldn't resist.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Ceiling in Grand Central

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#063


This is a painting depicts a glimpse of the great celestial ceiling in Grand Central Terminal. Please don't ask me which constellations these are. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Yellow Vase, and Family

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#062


This is a collection of objects that I've collected over the years from the The Annual Treasure Sale at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mansard Roof

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#061


This is a painting of a building in the East Village (NYC) across from Cooper Union. The Mansard roof reminded me of Hopper.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Flags Over Lexington

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#060


I'm Back. This is a painting of the flags that fly outside the Waldorf = Astoria, looking South toward one of my favorite subjects, The Chrysler Building.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cemetery and Corn Fields, VI

2006-12, Oil on Canvas, 22"x 28"


This is a painting that I started in 2006 while teaching a class. Sometimes these pesky students demand so much of my attention that I have a rather difficult time finishing my own work. Quite thoughtless of them. I'm only kidding, I usually just ignore them. Luckily for me I got enough down to be able to finish in the studio.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cemetery at the Bend

2012, Oil on Canvas, 48"x 50"


This is a painting of the cemetery near our house. They really make great neighbors. This painting will be part of my upcoming exhibit at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA. 
December 2, 2012 through February 1, 2013. There will be an Artist's Reception Friday, February 1, 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The End

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#059


This is a painting of my grandmother's cookie jar. Actually, it is one just like it. The original, I'm happy to say, resides with my cousin Jesse. This cookie jar reminds me of all the holidays spent in my grandparent's house. The title is appropriate because I will be taking a short break from my daily painting so that I can finish a few paintings for an upcoming exhibit. See you soon.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Church Shadows

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#058


This is a painting of Grace Church (Broadway and 11th Street). The shadows were pretty remarkable in late afternoon. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Grand Central Clock

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#057


 I found myself in Grand Central Terminal because as it turns out is where the Apple Store is. My iPhone needed to be replaced which was something of a pain but it gave me an opportunity to wander through this historic and beautiful structure. This is a painting of the famous clock which sits atop the information kiosk that can be seen in so many movies. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nor'easter

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#056


This was the view down Lexington Avenue during the last storm. What you're not seeing is the crumpled umbrella overhead and the glove that I dropped at my feet. Ah, editing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Easel Pulley

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#055


Some days I can't for the life of me figure out what to paint. That's when I start looking around the studio. I've looked at this pulley countless times. It is the upper pulley on my studio easel. It is part of the system responsible for keeping me out of traction. Thank you pulley.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Zoe, 4

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#054


This is a painting of Zoe. She posed for a portrait class that I teach at the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg, PA. This is one that I started back in September and got 90% finished. She kept looking at me (her eyes were part of the 90%) pleading to have her arm completed.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rolling Corn, 2

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#053


This is a corn field near the town of Mont Alto, PA. It sits next to the Mont Alto Cemetery. If you look closely you'll notice some of the head stones.

Monday, November 5, 2012

What Time Is It?

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#052


This is a painting of the Met Life Building as seen from 23rd Street just south of Madison Square Park.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Exhibit

Cemetery: The Unintended Subject

An Exhibit of Paintings Spanning Two Decades
by Ski Holm

Cemetery and Corn Fields, IV
2003, Oil on Canvas, 46"x 54"























Cofrin Gallery
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
November 27, 2012 through February 3, 2013



Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Empire State Building in White

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#051

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This is a painting of the Empire State Building as seen from 23rd Street. 

New York Life Building

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#050

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This is a painting of the New York Life Building as seen from Madison Square Park. This building can often be seen as glowing as the sun reflects off its gold spire. 

Here's hoping that the New York area can recover quickly from the effects of Sandy.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Composition in Mud

2012, Oil on Canvas, 4"x 6"
#049


This is a painting of a muddy construction site in New York City. I'm not sure that there is enough visual information to even read it that way but I loved the composition and the subtle colors.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The White Shed

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#48


More from Duffield. This is an out building in a yard in /near the "Hamlet" of Duffield, PA. This will probably be my last post for a few days. I'm guessing that my power will be out for a while. Here's hoping for the best.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Blue House on the Hill

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#047


This is a house just outside Duffield, PA. As I may have mentioned, most of the houses in Duffield are just outside of Duffield. It's Friday and I'm tired.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clouds Over the Hill

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#046


The clouds were churning so violently that I had to pull over to take some pictures. Priorities of a painter: first get the image then get home before the storm.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rolling Corn

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#045


This is a corn field near Mont Alto, PA. I was impressed by the rolling hills and the one tree that seems to be adrift in a rough sea of yellow.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cemetery at the Bend

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#044

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This is a cemetery near my house. I have been painting it for nearly 20 years but until now I have not actually painted it from the inside. Very different.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tarset

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#043


As I was loading my car with groceries, I noticed this beautiful sunset so, I took the picture. I never intended to use it for a painting because, let's face it, sunsets are a bit cliche. It wasn't until I did a dump of my phone pics that I noticed the perfect position of the Target sign.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Harvest

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#042


This is an the intersection of Route 30 and Route 416 near St. Thomas, PA. It's not a crossroad, it's the end of the road. You can go right or left but you can't stay on this course. How many times in our lives have we had to make this choice?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

White Bowl and Walnut

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#041

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This is a painting that was started as a demo. I sometimes give my painting students a homework assignment where I give them a brown object, in this case a walnut. I have them paint it using no earth colors. The challenge is not how to mix brown but to find as many alternatives to brown as possible and keep the painting plausible. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Composition in Violet

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#039


The next of the secondary colors. I find these drapery studies to be quite relaxing.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The American Dream

2012, Oil on Canvas, 4"x 6"
#038


This is a house that I came across in a few years back along the Interstate. What struck me about it was the starkness of, well, everything. Even the sky was featureless.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Propped Up

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#037


Great year for clouds. This is an area near my house that I pass on my way back from the local farm stand. I didn't have my camera (bad) but I did have my iPhone (good).

Friday, October 12, 2012

Station Shadows

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#036


This is the historic Harrisburg Train Station. This was near sunset which created these wonderful shadows on the building across the tracks. It wasn't until I looked at the photograph that I noticed the reflections on the brick pavers on the platform.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Three Pears in a Blue Bowl

2011, Oil on Canvas, 10"x 8"


This is a painting that was started in the Autumn of 2011 as a demonstration piece at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Those familiar with the Museum will notice the reflection of the atrium roof in the bowl.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Primary Red

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#036


This is one of my favorites from this series. I had posted this before but I wanted to return to it and offer it at auction...and I have been pretty busy and haven't had time to paint the last couple of days.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Long Corn Shadows

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#035


This is a painting of a local corn field seen late in the day.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Silhouette


2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#034


This is a painting of a tree near my house. I wa taking pictures the other way and was getting frustrated because I kept getting my shadow in the shot so, when I turned around to give the sun a dirty look I saw this.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tree Shadows

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#033


This is a painting of a house in Duffield, PA as the sun was setting. I happened to see this the day before and made a mental note of the time so that I could shoot it the next day.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Corn Wall

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#032


In case no one knows it, I have a genuine fascination with corn. This is a painting of a local farm during harvest season. I love the way they carve sharply into their fields like a barber creating a Mohawk.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Composition in Green

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#031


The first of the secondary colors. OCD? Maybe.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Composition in Blue

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#030


If you're seeing a trend you're right. The third in the series is the third primary color. Tomorrow I start on the secondaries. Have i mentioned how much I love to paint drapery?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Composition in Yellow

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#029


The second of the series. I must admit to being kind of a wonk when it comes to rendering drapery. I have enjoyed doing this since I was in grade school.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Composition in Red

2012, Oil on Canvas, 6"x 4"
#028


I have often told my students that if they learn to draw drapery that they then can draw anything. This is usually met with a lot of eye rolling and a chorus of "but, Mr. Hollllmmmmm....".  Heh, heh, heh. I give you my latest version in Devil's Red.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Zoe, 3, Study


2012, Graphite on Paper, 9.5"x 7"



This is a study for a larger piece. I was giving a lesson on hands and this was the final pose. I told my students that I wanted to tie it in to their previous portrait class but To tell the truth I just couldn't resist drawing Zoe's face one more time.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Behind Sunset

2012, Oil on Canvas, 5"x 7"
#027


This is a scene just outside of Duffield, PA. Duffield is so small that most of the houses are only half in Duffield. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Zoe, 2

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#026


This is the latest painting of Zoe. I have had one hell of a time photographing this one. It's pretty dark so there is a lot of glare to contend with.

Monday, September 24, 2012

West 23rd Street at Dusk

2012, Oil on Canvas, 7"x 5"
#025

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As I was photographing all of the illuminated buildings around Madison Square Park, in NYC, I turned around to the west and saw this. John Lennon was right, life really is what happens to you while you're making other plans.