I taped loose canvas to a panel and I’m busy painting people. I’m having fun with this. I am thinking once these are dry I’ll throw them in my painting bag for references when I paint outside, of course if I catch people sitting down I may try to quickly throw them in when I’m out. Off to fill up the whole panel with little people, lol. Good of you to stop by. ❤️
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
I recently ordered a dvd by Michele Byrnes, she almost always paints people in her landscapes. This is something I would like to get better at doing. I do some plein air competitions and I think if I could comfortably paint people in my street scenes the paintings would be better received. I used some of her tips and did this painting just for practice. I want the people to be very painterly, not too much detail but yet feel like people. I plan to do this a lot and get better, my first plein air competition is in May so I hope to have it down by then. This is oil on a 8”x 10”panel. One of my groups critiqued it and they liked it a lot, that made me feel good. Good of you to stop by,
Sunday, February 11, 2018
I just created a new sign for upcoming shows, shows reference photos and finished paintings. The one on the bottom right was sent to my after Christmas, shows the finished painting next to the dog, so cute. I think it looks pretty good. Just finished a new pet portrait of a yellow lab, he has a jar of peanut butter in his mouth, lol. I’ll show you soon. ❤️❤️
Thursday, February 8, 2018
I may have mentioned this before but I paint weekly with two different groups. I chair the Monday group and I try to keep things interesting, I bring still life’s from time to time and sometimes we do things like this. I brought in a dvd by Craig Nelson on quick studies, I think that is his claim to fame. He paints three landscapes, a 20 minute one, a 30 minute one and a 40 minute. We watched his dvd and then headed off to try to do the same thing. Here are my efforts, left to right is my 20, 30 and 40 minute painting, all oils on 8” x 10” panels. He explains the reasoning behind it, color mixing, reacting quickly , brushwork and thinking about values. I actually like my 20 minute best, it felt fresher and I liked the brushwork better. It was fun, you should give it a try if you haven’t. Thanks for your visit, I really appreciate it.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Hi there! This is a large painting, for me anyway. It’s oil on a 24” x 30” canvas. I think it is finished, I’m ready for it to be finished, lol. Although it is nice to paint larger occasionally I find I prefer small. This reference was taken in Vermont when I was there last spring on a workshop. I love the large red barn and wanted that to be my focal point. I find with large paintings that the foreground can be challenging especially if I don’t have much going on in the foreground. Whew, moving on.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Hi Friends, my grandson loves to play baseball and he’s good at it, pitching is his first love. This past summer I shot some photos through the fence of him pitching and hitting and I just loved this one. I liked all the elements of the photo, the catchers position, the ump with his hands up and of course Michael’s stance. This is oil on a 11”x 14”canvas and I tried to work fast and loose, hoping to show movement. I enjoyed painting it, hope you enjoy seeing it. Thank you!