This is a preparatory study for an DPW ArtByte that I will be publishing on painting a portrait using three colors, white, and black. I jotted down notes of what I wanted to touch on while I painted this. So it was a dry run of sorts. The subject in this particular painting is my wife but I think that the actual demo is going to be a self portrait, but we'll see. Stay tuned!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Here's a piece that is a bit of a study for my upcoming show "Head in The Clouds" at Cincinnati Art Galleries. Most of what's going to be in the show will center around my daughter's toy collection, more specifically here Little People Collection. I've found myself drawn to these little guys for their color, expressions, and story telling potential. I've already painted this Superman once in a finished piece with a doughnut and it jumped off the wall as quickly as I put it up for sale. So to kinda get myself back into the swing of things I put Mr Kent here on one of the pickets of our backyard fence so the sunlight hit him nice and strong. So here's the first of what I imagine will be many Little People pieces.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The last one, for a while at least, in my little series of yellow espresso cup and plum pieces. It's always fun to paint the fruit when its cut because I end up always using memory as much as my eyes because these darn guys change so rapidly when they are on the table.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Here's another prep study that I did for a larger piece. This one really focused on trying to get that darn icing looking believable. Thhis configuration of blocks made it's way into two other larger finished pieces, and cupcakes have since this study was done become a bit of a staple along with doughnuts.
Friday, August 16, 2013
I sometimes like to do smaller studies for figurative pieces to work out the kinks and potential problems for a piece before getting into the larger finished version. This is just one of those little studies. I wanted to see what my face would look like almost completely cast in shadow from the above lighting, and also what severe horizontal line across the upper third would be like in the composition. I liked the overall feel of the piece and imagine the finished one will have a similar feel, but maybe with a bit more breathing room around the figure.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Another little piece featuring my little yellow espresso cup and this time, a couple plums. I always seems so simple to try and capture the deep rich violet-black color of these plums but then when I start the painting I find myself seeing so much more within those simple colors and therefore spending so much more time trying to translate them onto the panel.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I gotta give credit where credit is due..... my wife came up with the title for this one. Our house is never without honey and usually it comes in one of these guys. I've painted a couple of these over the past years and have always loved the brilliant colors and contrasts that happen when natural light hits one of these little bears.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
A small little grouping from my neighbors rose bush. I've been picking blooms from that wild rose bush and putting them into paintings for years now. One day when we move away I'm gonna have to make trips back in the summer just to snag a few for nostalgia's sake.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Here's a little sketch I did to get mt head and eyes around painting one of these crazy little flamingos of my daughters. I plan on doing a larger piece where a handful of these little ladies will be featured prominently in front of one of her doll houses. The tentative title is "Tacky". So this is a way for me to work on some of what awaits me as far as drawing and color problems as well as making a small little painting while I am doing it.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Small little plum study that I did that featured this nice little green sushi bowl. It's really a bowl for putting dipping sauces in, but I bought it specifically to paint. It has made its way up on to the still life table many times but always gets yanked off because it never feels right with what else is going on. So in this one I made sure it was staying.