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


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.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Casements du Bock




10" x 8" oil on panel

November's Virtual Paintout location is Luxembourg. This view shows the Casements du Bock, the fortress Count Siegfried built in 963.

This painting is not for sale, but you can view and purchase others here.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Corolla



11" x 14" oil on canvas

You can view and purchase this painting here.

Painted on canvas and gallery wrapped - all the edges are painted, so it can be hung framed or unframed.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Main from Parrish



11" x 14" oil on canvas

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This is a view of Main Street in Durham NC, from a little park that's between Parrish and Main. The colors of the buildings are really surprising - it's not quite Rainbow Row or Alamo Square, but the buildings are very striking.

Painted on black canvas and gallery wrapped - all the edges are painted, so it can be hung framed or unframed.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Southern Chile



6" x 8" oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

May's Virtual Paintout was southern Chile. Scenes were limited - there aren't many roads in that area. But what scenery there was, was gorgeous.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yoga, Astrology, Tattoos


8" x 6"
oil on panel

Somehow I missed posting this one. Something a little different for me. This is actually part of the Virtual Paintout's location of Washington DC. The larger street scene was also pretty cool, but this particular bit caught my eye.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rainy Crossing


4" x 4"
oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

My entry into this month's Virtual Paintout location of Liverpool.

Some progress shots:









Monday, March 24, 2014

House on the Bend


6" x 8"
oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

Another entry into this month's Virtual Paintout location of Slovenia.

Some progress shots:

Working on a yello-ochreish ground. I sketched the scene with magenta, and here I'm putting in the shadowed areas with permanent violet.

The underpainting for the sunlit areas.

I decided to do the sky first. I usually save it for last, but I'm rethinking that approach. The sky colors the entire scene so it's a key element in determining all the other colors. I also did the road, which is reflecting a lot of the sky.

Now the brightest areas, especially the corner of the house where the sun is hitting.

The far trees, the houses in the middle distance, some more detail here and there. Almost done.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Lake Bled



8 x 10 oil on panel

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This month's Virtual Paintout location is Slovenia. This is the gorgeous Lake Bled.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Beaverdam Lake



8 x 6 oil on panel

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In the midst of this cold winter, we've had a few lovely weekend days. I painted this at Falls Lake State Recreation Area at the end of February. It's too early for much greenery, but the pines are always beautiful. It was wonderful to be outside in the sun!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Backyard Afternoon



8" x 6" oil on panel

You can view and purchase this painting here.

February's location for the Virtual Paintout is Washington DC, so it's a nice coincidence that today is Washington's Birthday! Although I found some great scenes of monuments and brownstones, I liked this little slice of a marina on the Anacostia River. After trying different ways to crop the scene, a tight close-up seemed best. You can't even see the river or the boats—to me it just looks like someone's backyard.

Sketching the scene with Magenta on a Yellow-Ochre toned board.

Putting in the shadows with Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson.

Starting the sunlit areas. Mixed the cooler greens with Ultramarine Blue and the warmer with Phthalo Blue.

The roofs, tree trunks, sky.

Almost done. Some more detail on the trees, still fussing with the window on the left. I signed it but of course the next days I saw a few things I wanted to change.

Some blended edges between the trees and sky. Cleaned up the left edge of the right-hand building. Put some reflected grass color into the shadows. STILL messing with that window.


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