Friday, March 24, 2017

"Portrait experiment" 14in x 11in oil

In order to improve and grow, we artist are always trying new things and experimenting with different methods.   Today I used a limited palette consisting of titanium white, ivory black, cadmium red and yellow ochre.   I found that using those 4 colors simplified the color mixing process.   I will have to try it again.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Blue Shoes" 14in x 11 in Oil on linen

The model got into this pose and at first I was thinking that she was holding so much tension.  After looking through a viewfinder I noticed that the pose was so dynamic!    Love the position of the legs and arms so I made it all about that.   In the three hours that she posed, I sketched it in two times too large, third time was the charm.   I had to realize that the center of the canvas was the hem of her skirt, then it worked out.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Stacked" 6in x 6in oil

Lately I have been working hard on larger paintings.  I feel that I need to do some small daily paintings so when I went to my stash of items these little colorful plates, bowls and cups were saying "choose me".

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

"Red Robe" 16in x 12in" oil on paper

We haven't had this model for about 4 years and I am glad she is back.   The light was focused on her upper chest so her head was in shadow, taking the focus off her face.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Dressed in Pink" 14in x 18in oil on linen

This is a painting I started last Friday and finished today.   I worked on keeping the outer edges soft and detail on the focal point.   It is really hard to keep from overworking the painting.   I had to not be too quick to put the brush work on.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Lavaski, three quarter" 30in x 20in charcoal

I used mostly a chunky vine charcoal on this drawing, refining with a hard charcoal pencil.   He is such a great model!   

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"Blanton's 4" 6in x 6in oil

I just realized today that I had this painting and have not posted it!!
Blanton's is a popular bourbon.    I love the stoppers!  

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