Monday, November 12, 2012

#296 "An Evening Out"

A bit more of a classic portrait for the blog here. I always like that finish vs unfinished look of these guys. Seeing the underpainting or drawing on a piece always gave me a small insight to the artists process.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

#295 The Last Days of Green

Trying to squeeze a handful of these guys in before the green is completely gone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

#294 Peggy's Wild Rose

Our neighbor, Peggy, has a wonderful wild rose bush that produces a whole variety of colored roses. I picked this one right at the end of the season just as it was blooming. I've always admired them from our window. . . and I had to find something to put it in and this just polished off coke can was right there saying "Hello." 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

#293 "Taking The Lead"

I'm a huge dog fan, always have been and always will be, but I have to say my preference has always been for the larger breeds. These guys and there vertically challenged brethren seem to be everywhere these days. I loved the way this little guy just popped with the sand and water behind him. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

#291 "The Sunset Walk"

There were so many things I liked about this shot. The intense warm light coming from the setting sun, the hazy hills in the background giving the sense of deep space, and the wonderful little dog puttering along right towards the viewer.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

#290 "Testing The Waters"

This guy seemed a little 'iffy' on wading right out there, but eventually I'm sure he made it. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

#289 "Fill Er' Up!"

I think I kinda mentioned I liked this DPW challenge. After I finished the first painting I started thinking about another painting that would have a couple water balloons in it and as I was filling this guy up, I had one of those "hold that pose" moments. So here it is. On a material/painters note. . . . this little painting gave me an opportunity to try a new color that my buddy that runs the local art store in town gave me a sample tube of, Alizarin Orange. Very nice color. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

#288 "Just Add Water"

This little guy is a Daily Paintworks Challenge that required you to use a water balloon in the painting in one way or another. I actually had never painted one or even thought to, and I must say that I loved the idea of it. All sorts of things popped (no pun intended... ok maybe a little one) into my head. So one of my favorite coffee cups, that I frequently use Starbucks Via instant coffee in, seemed like a nice pairing to this little challenge. 

#287 "Towards the Fun!"

Another little beach scene from our trip to Hilton Head. No matter how far you walked there was always something going on a little farther ahead.

Friday, September 7, 2012

#285 Table Top

Another Alla Prima study of a section of my taboret. I've had this old jam jar for years now, and I put about twenty layers of masking tape on it way back when so it could sit in a whole in the tray of my easel to give me a place to put my brushes close by. That has since fallen by the wayside but jar still finds itself close to my easel.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

#284 Vintage Espresso

I've got a few still lifes going right now that I am taking to a high finish and I needed a bit of a break. All that slow tap tap tap can drive you crazy. So I decided to do a few alla prima studies. This first guy is dear to my heart. Espresso and colors that pop are must haves in my life.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

#283 Torrit Portrait ARTBYTE

This is a 5x7 value study that I recently did for my ArtByte demonstration on Daily Paintworks. The portrait was done using Gamblin's Torrit Grey and White. The Artbyte contains three time lapse videos of the painting process from start to completion as well as some of my techniques, materials, and tips.

Friday, August 24, 2012

#282 " Head Study

A quick little color study for a portrait. The girl had pretty fair skin . . . I had to really hunt and peck for those colors. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#281 "Abbreviate"

Jen recently picked me up a bag of these old alphabet blocks and I thought it was time to break em' out. Around this time our garden is overflowing with tomatoes and if you've ever grown an heirloom cherry tomato you'll know what I'm talking about.  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

#280 "Indulgence"

This is a small study that I did for a larger piece that I plan on painting. I just loved the combination of the extremely intense light greens and the deep rich reds. Cherries have always bee a favorite of mine to paint. . . in a way they have a very seductive and ever so slightly evil feel to them and when they are in season I try not to miss the opportunity to paint (and eat) them.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Potatoes and Oil"

Another unusually sized still life that I did for a show a few months back. This little guy measures 5.25x5.25"  and like the one before cam to life because of some leftover frame material that I didn't want to throw out. So I cam up with this still life. The sunoco can came from an estate sale a couple of years back and was just the right size for this piece. . . the potatoes are always a staple in the Burt household, and the fly. . . well I seemed like this little funky still life sundae needed a funky cherry to go on top!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

#279 "Shell Searching"

I've picked a few beach shells up in my day but this mom and son were really looking for the right one on this day. I liked this scene for the wonderful colors that were bouncing around the figures and the water . . . it reminded me of a Sorolla painting.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

"Summer's Sweet"

This is a smaller piece that I did that has a few of my favorite things to paint in it. The trompe l'oeil frame that is painted in giving the piece a strange 3-d feel, a small comic strip cutout, and the ever present thumb tack. Strawberries can always be fun to paint as well. This is a smaller unusual size for me to paint. . . 4x4" and it came about because I had some leftover framing material and this was the largest size I could get out of it. So included with this piece is the frame. I don't know if I'll be painting any 4x4's in the near future! With the frame the total size of this piece is roughly 9x9. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Daily Diaper #278 "Surf's In"

Another little painting from SC. Saw a couple of surfers on the beach one day. Never been up on one of these boards but they sure are fun to paint.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily Diaper #277 "Farmer's Market"

During the summer we try to get out to one of our local farmers markets each weekend. Sometimes we make it and sometimes we don't. This is a small selection of what we picked up last weekend, though I must admit the cherry tomato is from our garden, so I guess I cheated just a bit.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

#276 "Where The Sand Meets The Water"

Another painting from our SC trip. This kid paced the beach back and forth back and forth for the better part of the day, but never really getting in the water, at least not while we were there.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Daily Diaper #275 Water and Hay

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I've painted a few water towers in my day and I have to say that I never get tired of em'. They, like telephone poles, have a similar draw for me. Man-made objects thrusting themselves into an otherwise natural setting. This little piece is of a small town outside of Harrodsburg KY.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daily Diaper #274 "Quiet Blue"

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I've started painting books a bit more lately and this is one that I started a while back and just got back around to finishing. I loved the quiet meditative tone to this piece.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Daily Diaper #273 "Heading Out"

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Another beach shot from our recent trip to SC. Though the figures are always what I start with when I am looking at doing one of these scenes the water and it's endless colors are what I end up focusing on.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Daily Diaper #272 "Coming In?"

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We just got back from South Carolina. Our yearly family vacation came to an end and here is the first of a series of beach paintings from our little trip. We had a bunch of cloudy days and just a couple of sunny ones. Here's a painting from one of the sunny ones. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Daily Diaper #271 "The Studio Shelf"

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This is a small sketch of one of my studio shelves. Cans, brushes, frames . . . all can be found on this shelf and more shelves just like it.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Daily Diaper #270 "Strawberry Sketch"

I picked this mini etch-a-sketch up from a Cracker Barrel a couple of years back and I think I've painted it half a dozen times or more since then so I've probably recouped my $4.99 and then some. The little berry is one of the first out of our garden this year.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Daily Diaper #269 "Skin Tones"

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A small figure study that carries the name that I have used in a few other pieces. Skin tones can be a marvelous thing to play with. It sometimes is very easy as an artist to over-simplify things for the sake of brushwork or style. Light carries with it an infinite amount of color and intensity, sometimes it can be a challenge and a bit fun to try to see what it's showing us.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Cinderella's Ball" Daily Diaper #268

This is a bit of a throw-back for me. For a year and a half or so this "genre" of painting was my bread and butter. Objects stuck, taped or glued to a wall with something of a story behind it and yes every now and then I stuck my ugly mug in there for good measure. This little card (the first ball) came from my wife's grandfather . . . posthumously. As with most of his generation he kept everything. This was a sticker that was obviously a CrackerJack prize or something very similar. He kept a few dozen of these guys so I think I've got some reference to work from. The second ball is a simple Christmas ornament that I've been wanting to paint for a while now. It was a ball painting it . . . .hope it's one looking at it!