Tuesday, June 18, 2013
One more painting ready to go to La Posada de Santa Fe... I'm hoping to do one more before I head out to New Mexico to deliver new work.
This has been a fun series of paintings! I actually did a version of this same idea for the demo I did earlier this week at the Trinity Art League in San Antonio. I did the demo as a 20 x 16 but I wiped it off at the end because the sunflowers died. :(
I've been putting birds in the last three and in the next one I'm thinking a real bird might be fun. I'll just have to think about it a bit. All of the first four have flowers in them so I'll probably do some more flowers... here I am, thinking out loud!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This painting is still on the easel but I thought I'd post it now. I'm considering adding a twig of leaves wrapping around the left side of the pitcher to round out the composition but I'm still mulling it over. I did a test image in photoshop and I think it's worth a try. Other than that, I just want to make sure the background transitions are nice and smooth (looks pretty good here but that's the wonders of Photoshop) It looks pretty good in person but the photograph brought out some rough areas that I'm not really happy with....
funny how that works!
Anyway, here it is. I put a small image with the added twig that I worked up in PS just to see if I'd like it. Comments are welcomed but may be ignored! LOL
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
OLD OAK & REDBUD
20 x 24 inches
Oil on Cradled Wood Panel
Both of these paintings will be available next week through
COMPANIONS...I finally finished the companion painting to OLD OAK & REDBUD and the two paintings are ready to be delivered to La Posada de Santa Fe. I'm looking forward to being able to hand deliver them and enjoy a short road trip to Santa Fe and a stay at this beautiful hotel! What a treat!
It's always nice to get through a project like this one and it's fun to get started on the next painting. I have a good one planned and I'll try to post some progress paintings as I work through it.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Didn't get a chance to paint today but I received an email from the new owner of ORANGE PEELED. It has arrived safely in Redlands CA (orange grove country) and it's happily hanging in their home.
It's always nice when people are nice enough to let you know the ongoing "life story" of your work. Most of the time, you send off a painting and you never hear about it again. These people are excited to have the painting and that is just the "cherry on the top"!
After working at Cactus Jack's today, I decided to take a few photos before coming home...
Hopefully, tomorrow will be a more artistic day. Paul made two 20 x 24 inch cradled wood panels that need to be gessoed and the beginning of a horse painting is on the easel.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
It was a difficult day at the easel. I thought I had a pretty good start on another horse portrait but when I stepped back and looked at it, the nice muzzle that I had captured was pointing wasn't at the correct angle and I had to wipe it out and redraw it. It's almost back at the same stage it was in when I wiped it, but it definitely set me back!
Ah well, that's the way it goes sometimes.
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Monday, March 25, 2013
I think it's finished!
I'll leave it overnight and if I still think it's finished, I'll sign it.
Redbuds went more easily than I thought they would. Flowers are usually very tricky but with some good reference material, it wasn't too bad. This is a photo of it while still on the easel. I need to get a better photo under controlled conditions but this will have to do for now.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
I took it as far as I could today. Hopefully the parts I worked on today will have dried enough to work on them some more. Unfortunately, I worked a little backward today and it was hard not to smudge the areas that I just painted. My bad! Maybe I will remember that when I work on it next time.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
I also worked on the tall vase and I think it's probably pretty close to finished. Next I think I'll work on the brass dish holding the fruit. I find brass to be a very difficult metal to read...one minute it looks orange & the next it looks green! I'm making some progress on it at any rate.
It's probably time to put in the redbud branch too. It's the key factor in tying the composition together.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Another day... another adjustment
After the first real day of painting I decided to check the effect of the lighting changes I made after the previous painting (WAITING .... the small palomino horse painting) and I'm still not satisfied with the results so I'll move the halogens back even further and see if that helps.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
It's not quite finished (I see some things in the photo that bug me) but it's pretty much there. Maybe someday I will get into adding some background features but for now I just want to focus on the horses.
Maybe I'll be able to take some more dramatic images in the future. I know that I'll try to keep my camera with me in the future!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Friday, March 8, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Closer! I decided to go darker overall on the background. I just wanted a hint of pattern and it's almost there. I also added a bit more color in the pewter. I'm not sure if that comes across in the photo which is a little soft.
I still have one more idea to solve the one nagging issue of the long diagonal in the composition. It may need something to break the line. I'll have to experiment first. Keep watch, I'll probably decide yes or no pretty quickly.
I'd love to see what you think
Saturday, February 16, 2013
I think this is getting very close to being finished. I believe I will put it aside to let it dry for a few days and start it's "sister" painting. When I'm as close as this to finishing the second painting, I'll put final glazes on the backgrounds of both paintings to mellow them out.
I've got a little more than 22 hours into this one so far. It's larger than my usual format so it's been interesting to work at this scale. I could get used to it. It's also on a 2" deep support (a 20 x 24 inch cradled wood panel) so I've included a bit of wrap-around background pattern on the sides which is a bit of a change for me. Sara Eyestone (curator of The Gallery Collection at La Posada de Santa Fe and mentor to many artists) wanted to see how that format would work with my style and I love not having to decide on an appropriate (yet inexpensive) frame! It's interesting seeing a vintage looking realism with a contemporary twist. I'm looking forward to seeing what she thinks!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Today I worked on the pears and a few retouches on the background. I finished off with a little more toning on the wood surface. It's getting closer! Again, I'll look at it tomorrow and maybe take it outside for a change of light and see how the values and saturation of color looks.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I finally talked myself into picking up the brushes again and managed to do the pewter pitcher. Today, it looks pretty ok to me. Let's see how I feel about it tomorrow.
I will attempt to at least rough in the pears tomorrow. Or maybe I'll refine the wood surface. I had to buy new pears because the original ones were kind of mummified. Shame on me!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Here is the set up for my first attempt at painting in over a year!
I feel like I'm all thumbs and 2" housepainting brushes!
This is what I've done so far... well, actually I've done a bit more work on the background but I haven't photographed it yet. Here is a closeup of the wallpaper background...