Monday, July 6, 2015

Trees on La Cienega

8" x 10" oil on panel

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July's Virtual Paintout location is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Progress photos:
Blocking in, with acrylics
Adding sky and some "real" colors.
More real colors and re-establishing values.
I thought I might be done at this point, but I wasn't happy with some of the colors. I'm still working in acrylics here, and I don't have a wide range of paint to choose from. So I decided to switch to oils for the final pass.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cesky Krumlov

This month's Virtual Paintout location is Cesky Krumlov in southern Bohemia.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

High Stand the Steeples

10" x 8" oil on panel

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March's Virtual Paintout location is Greenland. I painted this almost entirely with palette knife, not my usual approach.

Progress photos:

establishing the light areas

the road and grass

darker areas

some details and opaque white

the sky and road. this is my favorite stage of the painting.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Conversation

8" x 10" oil on panel

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February's Virtual Paintout location is Bangladesh. I was intrigued by this scene of the men talking on the street - what is the conversation about?

I tried a different approach on this painting. The scene wasn't very colorful, and I started out painting in greyscale, then adding color. Not sure what I think about this technique...

The initial sketch. I happened to have a board primed with this warm, orangey color, so I thought it would help liven up the tones.
Putting in the lightest lights and darkest darks. I'm using acrylics at this point because they dry quickly.
Three intermediate values.
Then a wash of Indian yellow on the light areas and Permanent violet on the shadows (now I'm using oil paints).
Starting to put in color. Sorry about the glare on the painting.
Just about done. I'm going to work on Beard Guy's face a little more.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

SS United States

8" x 10" oil on panel

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January's Virtual Paintout location is Philadelphia. I was surprised to see that this ship had been mapped.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Via Appia Antica

This month's Virtual Paintout location was Rome.

For such a picturesque place, I had a hard time choosing a scene! This street was kind of on the outskirts.

Although the painting went really well, I made a wise decision to stop short of "finishing" it. So it's a bit sketchy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Train Tracks

8" x 10" oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

This is my second Luxembourg painting. It's hard to find a single spot in that country that isn't fairy-tale gorgeous; the best I could do is train tracks. Which were still lovely.

I'm using the technique I learned in Dan Nelson's Art of the Carolinas workshop—starting with a transparent acrylic underpainting, and then building up with transparent oils. Just a little opaque paint at the end.

Obviously there's still a lot to learn, but I'm happy with the method. It absolutely forces the artist to be loose and spontaneous.

Step One - light areas.
Greens and blues
dark areas
opaque white and some lines. Still using acrylic. This is my favorite stage of the painting. Next time I may just stop here :)
Sky. For some reason this shot looks much warmer than the preceding one; but the only thing I worked on was the blue/white in the sky.
adding local color
Details and it's done.

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