Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Just in time...

Wisconsin Sunset 9x12 oil on board
Wow! That was a whirlwind. I got home late today after my son's swim lesson and gave up trying to paint as I knew the sun would soon set. Just as I was about to give up the ghost, I saw some awesome clouds in the sky. Thinking that the artist police should come and arrest me if I didn't try to capture it, off I went.

20 minutes, #12 brush.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forest Through The Trees

Forest Through The Trees 8x10 oil on board

Here is a little piece I did yesterday afternoon. I gave myself the assignment of useing a #12 brush for the whole painting. It was more fun than challenging and I love the results. I think that I will use a large brush for all my quick plein air pieces from now on!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nocturnal Experiment

Au tums Sleep 8x10 oil on board

I decided to go out last night in search of painting subjects. I have been inspired by Marc Hansen's nocturne marathon this month and thought I would go out and brave the darkness. I have done some nocturne pieces before and it always proves to be a fun and educational experience. For this one I drove to the marina and was struck by these two friends, freshly pulled from the lake and awaiting winter storage. I am going to try to improve the lighting on my surface next time so that my values improve. But, all in all I am satisfied with this attempt.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Yea, I do that also...

15 min Quick Gesture oil on panel 8x10

Cooking With Julia 12x16 oil on panel

Better with Balsamic oil on canvas 10x14
Woman Head Study 11x14 oil on board
I have been traveling around to many  plein air festivals and competitions this summer and some of the continuing questions I get are "ever do portraits or still lifes?" The answer is YES! I think that it is every serious artist's duty to increase their skill level by being well versed in all forms. So.. I will post some more portraits and studio work to my new site in the future, and by all means... I do commissions!
Happy Painting Everyone.