Thursday, June 28, 2012

Plein Air Today!!

After a long dry spell from plein air painting, today is the day to break out of the studio!! So looking forward to it. Will be painting a Deep Lake today - Nolte State Park with some friends. Kinda funny - I remember many years ago (maybe 30) that I played baseball at this park with a group of office colleagues during a company picnic. It hasn't changed much since then as I recall.

The weather is a bit on the 'iffy' side, but sun is currently shining so I'd better get going. The above photo was taken last Fall. Wish me a productive day... I'll share the results!

BTW, the little orange spot is a pumpkin to help me remember the season... ;o)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pink Carnations in Ceramic Vase

This was a spontaneous painting for experimenting with a color scheme.
The pinks are a bit stronger in person. I think it would look nice on a small wall in a bedroom or powder room in a silver tone frame.

You can purchase this at Daily Paintworks.

Pink Carnations
6x6 Oil on Canvas Panel

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Oranges for Sale!

This past week I bought some oranges that were the sweetest I've eaten in a very long time. I enjoyed every juicy bite.

I decided to paint a few of these to share with you... hope you can just imagine how sweet and juicy they taste. BTW, these are for sale on ebay...

I am also working with a few new colors on my palette. Prussian Blue (instead of Pthalo Blue) and Quinacridone Magenta (instead of Alizarin Crimson). I really like they effects of these two colors. I also understand that they are more stable colors, have to be really careful with the Prussian Blue and its high tinting strength. It makes a beautiful mix with the Ultramarine Blue for a little different tone.

6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

A gift for Leslie...

This little landscape painting is a thank you gift for Leslie. She and I have been friends for so many years I kinda lost count. She shares my love of horses, and told me about my Arabian Mare Bella that I owned for 18 years.

This is one of Leslie's favorite trail riding spots on the Green River,
and she wasn't expecting it, so it was a lot of fun to surprise her too!

Thank you Leslie, I hope you enjoy it for a very long time!

On The Green River
8" x 10" Oil on Linen Panel
© 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Georgetown Atelier - Student Show

I got the bug to do some figure drawing again, prompted by the 'Paint Two Images' project. So I did some research and found the Georgetown Atelier. This is an art school that teaches good traditional skills and technique for creating art.

I have always been a fan of traditional art skills. Even if the artist's work has gone a different direction, he or she still knows the basic foundation for this time honored profession. The basic skills will serve well no matter what direction they are headed.

The Atelier is planning its student show for this year to be held 
June 30th 5-9 pm.
Located at 5628 Airport Way S. Suite #330, Seattle, WA  98018

Saturday, June 16, 2012

First Image Idea for 'Paint Two Images'...

When I first wrote about 'Paint Two Images' a couple weeks ago. I had no idea what to paint and I am still not locked into the idea just yet. I considered landscape, still life (floral), and figure. Any of these would work as a basis to start, but I am leaning toward figurative - partly because it is a favorite subject, but also this is an opportunity I don't get very often. And figures on a bedroom wall will look more fitting, rather than in the dining room. 

So here is a drawing that I am thinking about using for one panel... Not a finished rendering, but the bud of any idea. I haven't drawn figure for some time, so this may take a little while to get comfortable with again. I am just very glad I do not have a hard deadline for this project. It is teaching me that stress is not always good for good art. 

Model Sketch
Newsprint & Charcoal
18 x 24 Original
© June 2012

Model Sketch - closeup
Newsprint & Charcoal
18 x 24 Original
© June 2012

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Lost and Not Found... Still Life

As some of you know, I moved last year and still unpacking to move in. Recently while going through my inventory, I was searching for a couple more small paintings that are earlier works from 2008. I couldn't find them, but did find a couple small images shown below on the left.

This was about the time I started doing smaller studies before a larger painting.
I noticed my brush work was a little different back then - mostly painted with bristle brushes, and the colors very chromatic - but using a limited palette.

I rememberd these were a lot of fun to paint so I thought I'd repaint them, and share new versions with you on ebay. Let me know what you think about the differences...

6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2008 - © 2012

6 x 6 Oil on Canvas Panel
© 2008 - © 2012