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.