Thursday, June 25, 2009
Carol Marine - "Standout" - 6x6in. - buy, $100
Recently my friend Qiang Huang, another daily painter, gave me several sheets of thin blue plastic that I taped to the front of my "daylight" spotlight lamp (a fairly yellow light, even though it's called daylight). This turns the light almost completely white - near enough - which I am really enjoying! If this is something you'd be interested in, Qiang's 10-yr-old son is selling them - just go to Qiang's blog and click on North Light Filter.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Betsey Nelson-Patient and Pretty oil 12x9 NFS
This is an end of the day start for a painting for tomorrows work session.
I often end a studio day (or plein air day) with a quick sketch for the next day.
It gets me right back into the game for the next day. Sometimes coming into the studio fresh with nothing on the drawing board so to speak makes it harder to get into the mood to paint.
This start is simple with no detail yet has all the information any painting needs. The challenge will be to keep it fresh and still do all that needs to be done.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Carol Marine - "Apple Pie?" - 6x6in. - bid
This is one of my favorites of what I've done lately. I did a larger painting too with a similar theme for my opcoming solo show at the Wally Workman Gallery (opening July 11th).
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Another illustration in the hand made journal I took with me to New York in May. On my way to the Museum of Modern Art, I passed this hot dog stand, and was attracted to the light shining through the bottles.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This quick 6" x 8" painting really qualifies as a 'painting a day' as it only took an hour or two.
It's hard to paint pups without it being 'cute', so I put my emphasis on my warm/cool colors and used the long shadows for a strong composition.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
One of my favorite places to paint is in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where I spend a lot of time each summer. This 8 x 10 oil is of the Blue River Valley near Frisco.
I used a pre-gessoed panel, then painted another coat of rough gesso over it. If my painting surface is too smooth, I end up 'noodling' (getting hung up on the detail). This rough surface forces me to keep the painting loose.