Monday, May 27, 2013

#316 Bright Clouds Study



I've got a show coming up in Chicago and I'm doing some larger landscapes for it and this guy presented some challenges. I'd actually never painted clouds with this intense almost backlighting, so I wanted to do a small dry run of what I thought it might look like. The paint on this little guy is a bit heavier than I usually use but I kind of just went with it as I started to paint.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

#315 "Turnip and Strawberries Sketch"


Turnips are always fun to paint for the wonderful complimentary colors that you find on their skins. The strawberries, well I always love to paint them and the season of the strawberry is just about o us, so I thought I better start warming up. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

#314 Vanilla Bean Cupcake


I've lately been playing around with this method of painting where I lay down a drawing, fix it, wipe a wash of burnt umber over the whole thing, pull out the lights and build the painting from there, leaving the background with the burnt umber wash. I would tell you that I bought this cupcake specifically "for the still life" but we are all lovers of art and lies (other than the ones painted on panels and canvas) do not become us.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#313 A Portrait Mood #1


I get into a figurative mood every once in a while and even more rare is a portrait mood . . . but I find myself in the throws of one now. I like to look at other painters (living and dead) and see what they are and were working on and I came across some old portrait studies by some French painters in the more 'academic' tradition. They had the underpainting showing in the finished pieces and I decided to play around with that idea on this piece and a few that will follow it. Laying in a drawing, brushing over the whole thing with Burnt Umber was, pulling the lights out with turp, and then building on top of this value study leaving the echo of the initial stages in the background.