Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year's

Happy New Year's Eve!  I hope 2015 is a great and wonderful year.  I have mostly enjoyed 2014 and feel my art has improved.  The discipline of daily posting helps keep me motivated and on track.  My only resolution for 2015 is to paint more in Oil Paint.  With that I will live you with today's block in study, it is a Rocky Mountains study.  It is Alla Prima, i.e. the paint applied in one attempt.  I will need to work on this though as it will need some value adjustment to separate the foreground from the background and I will lighten the horizon and add some clouds.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

South Dakota - Wild Horse Sanctuary

Today's block-in Oil Painting is of South Dakota's Wild Horse Sanctuary near Hot Springs.  This is a view from a ridge line looking down towards Cascade Creek.  This is a small study to work out the colors and the compostion before going to larger paintings.   It is easier to make mistakes and correct them in small sizes.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ponderosa Pine Study - Part two

I have shown a lot of block ins of paintings with promises to should progress and changes made.  So tonight I am going to follow-up.  You can see the changes made as I sort through the problems I see with this study.  I have improved the sky's transition from upper to lower horizon.  I extended the top of the tree and I made improvements to the shadowy under foliage and I have begun to define the foreground.  The Aspens will need a lot of work and I want to add a back ground Fir tree off center between the Ponderosa and the Outlined Aspen.   This will have to wait till tomorrow.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ponderosa Pine Study

I am working pin improving my painting skills and I am doing a series of landscape studies.   This morning I laid in the initial blocks of a Ponderosa Pine and Aspen study.  I will need to blend the sky better and refine the Aspens against the sky.  I will loop back on these studies and will past the after pictures when I am satisfied with them.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tree Sketch

Today, I worked on this tree sketch.  This is the basic block in for this small study, I plan on working on the values in the sky and improving the brushing in the middle ground.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Giant Sketch

Today's sketch is from the book Giants.  It is fun book and filled with great sketches of the imagined views of Giants.  They are nice thing to practice sketching skills and to just enjoy the feel of the pencil on the page.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I hope you have had a great Christmas!

Merry Christmas, I hope you have enjoyed the day and have spread the peace and good will towards all men!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!  I hope you all are enjoying the evening with family and friends.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Plein Air - Kent Island

Another Plein Air Oil painting study tonight.  I did this in November on Kent Island durning a class.  Kent Island is a very picturesque location on the Chesapeake Bay of Maryland.  It is beautiful year round but, especially so in the Fall.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mountain Clouds

This is a blocked in start of a Mountain Cloud study.  I will continue to refine the clouds and the foreground.  This is a pretty typical scene from the Colorado Mountains.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Tree

I messed around today with a Winter Tree against a pumpkin sky.  I had roughed in the sky previously and let it dry.  I added the basic framework of the branches today.  I will add some more branches and I will add some stumbled (Dry brush light pigment) in foliage to complete this study.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Plein Air - Sand Point State Park Boat basin

This is a small oil sketch done Plein Air (outside in one sitting) at Sand Point State Park boat basin.  I did this back in November in about 2 hours.  I set up an easel on one of the docks.  I was with Rob Brennan, another painter from  New Jersey.  The weather cooperated and was not too windy, which is usually the biggest problem painting in the great outdoors, though not the only problem.  Bugs, dogs, wind, rain and snow all make it a challenge.  The skill from observing from life and painting is one of the most important for improvement and development.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Navajo Horsemen

This is an ink sketch of Navajo Horsemen.  It is modeled after the work of Don Perceval, he has a great series of ink and watercolor sketches from the Desert Southwest.  Happy Friday Evening.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Meadow study

This is a small meadow study in oil paint.  It is a decent start but it will need some work and refinement before I will be happy with it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wind Blown survivor tree

This is an oil sketch not an original design but, its a practice piece of a wind blown survivor tree.  I may make some adjustments on it but it is a good exercise and something I need to do more of in the coming days.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Atmospheric Perspective part 2

I have been doing a lot of drawing but not enough painting.  I have taken some art classes and I have not been satisfied with the results so I have decided to paint more.  This is an initial lay in of the colors for a mountain scene.  It has the basic depth but will need some additional work in the ridge lines and I plan to work the rock cliffs with detail and closer trees which will have more than blue for color.  Stay tuned to see the improvements as they come in the coming weeks.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Atmospheric Perspective

This is a small Atmospheric Perspective oil painting in red.  Colors get cooler and lighter as they progress away from your view, so I decided to play with this in red ridge lines and mountains back to the sky.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sand Mountain, Steamboat Springs, Colorado - Oil Study

This is an Oil Painting of Sand Mountain from Steamboat Lake, Colorado.  The reflection is in the lake and this is the view from the campground.  This is a preliminary study for a larger paining.  I try to work out the problems at the smaller size before trying to do a painting in a large size.  The smaller format takes less time an is effective for working out problems.  If you cannot get it to work small, large will be a disaster.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Practice is the basics

Part of learning art is studying the basics an understanding design.  Part of this is understanding values, i.e. the lightness and darkness of things as compared to each other.  The removal of color makes it easier to understand value.  Sometimes painting in black and white or using photoshop to switch a color photo over to B&W makes it easier to understand the relationship between things.  The top ball and cube are also a study in the "key" or the range of dark to light.  The bottom cubes are the basic types of value relationships in a painting, with the basic variations in light to dark backgrounds and the different groupings of the boxes in the different values of dark to light.  These are just a way to make one analyze the subject before beginning to paint.  These studies are highlighted in Andrew Loomis's book, Creative Illustration, which is a classic on the subject.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sailing Barque Sketch

This is a sketch of a Sailing Barque ship.  It also is a study of calm water reflection of the sails.  More artwork to calm myself and distract myself for the daily grind.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bushes and scrub tree

I used a carpenter's pencil to ge the thick strokes on both of these sets of sketches.  Both are opposites the top is dark on light sky and the bottom is dark sky with light foliage.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tree Study

Tonight I finished up a tree study.  I had worked on this on and off for a few nights.  This was an experiment for me and I like the reversal of branches light on dark and then dark on light, which is something I needed to work on.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Curious Buck

This is a quick sketch I did a few years back of a curious buck with odd mis-shaped antlers.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Buoy - Water studies

Tonight's drawing activity was to draw this buoy with three different water types.  Calm water, light current, and small waves.  This is one of the things I want to work on, especially here in Maryland with the Chesapeake Bay so close, mastering water is a requirement.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

White Tail Buck

I am feeling better recovering from the fall cold season.  I have done a little work today on this WhiteTail deer buck with a good spread of antlers.  This was a good relaxing project.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

African Elephant

We have seen these in Kenya and they are more impressive in the wild than in a zoo setting.  Unfortunately the International Ban on the ivory trade was lifted so our Grandchildren might not be able to see them in the wild.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Only God can draw a tree

So the title of this post is play on words for "Only God can grow a tree."  Since I have a long way to go and lots of practice before being able to draw like a god, I will keep at it.  This will be the last tree post for a while.  I will give you something else tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pine trees with Markers

So a little different, Pine tree studies with markers.  These are easy to do with a head cold, which I am dealing with right now.  All these little sketches work to build the repository of skills and knowledge.  I like the tree on the left better.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tree Practice and analysis

I recently took a painting class.  I decided I wanted to improve my tree painting capability so I am reviewing my art books and I am practicing different techniques.  This is from the Guptill Book Rendering in Pencil.  Practice anything for an hour today, and after a year your will be pretty damn good at it.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

White Pine Sketch

Another tree sketch, I spent the day under the weather and this is the only thing I did today art wise. White Pines are a threatened species of tree as they are vulnerable to beetles and warmer weather.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tree Sketch - Willow

I have different sketchbooks for different subjects.  I have started one to study trees and different ways to capture their essences.  This is one of the practice sketches as part of the 10,000 hours necessary to master a subject.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Oak Sketch

Tonight's sketch is a little practice sketch of an Oak.  It is more designed than natural observation but it represents the species.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the day, your family, and all the things you have to be grateful for this day.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Quick Sketch practice - Virginia

This is a quick sketch to practice the techniques of quickly capturing landscapes.  It is rough but does the job.  I don't remember where exactly it was but it is representative of the countryside in Maryland and Virginia in the central to western part of those states.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Mexico

This is another quick sketch of a New Mexico landscape.  The wife and I spent our honeymoon in the Enchanted State.   It is a state which lives up to its nickname, and has many funny stories of geographically challenged Americans not knowing it is one of the 50 states of America.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pike's Peak from Garden of the Gods

This is a value study I did while trying to work out a painting of the view from Garden of the Gods looking towards Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is an iconic view and it will make a good painting.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Eastern Shore Fishing Boat

This is a quick sketch of a fishing boat out on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  I spent part of the day painting but nothing is close enough yet to finishing to post.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Virginia Hill Country

I some times have an idea and I try and work it out in pencil and with chalk on toned paper.  This is from a sketch and photos I took out in Virginia.  I greatly simplfied the tree and will need to change the fence to make it more interesting.  The clouds need to be varied more also.  I did this a few months back, but I could not tell what was bothering me.  So I let it hide for awhile and come back to it.  I will redo this sketch again and improve it.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Franklin Booth - Old School Illustrator - Hand of God

Franklin Booth was a self-taught artist and illustrator from 100 years ago.  He was a master of line.  This is my rendition of his Hand of God, which is subtly hidden near the top of the drawing.  The small airplane is flying above the thunder clouds and probably that pilot needs help from the weather.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maryland - Eastern Shore study

This is another oil study of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  This is part of the weekend activities.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Work in Progress - part two

This is another start of another oil painting of fall foliage.  It is a work in progress and something I will loop back to for completing.

Newest study - Maryland Eastern Shore Fall

This is my latest oil study from Maryland's Eastern Shore

Monday, November 17, 2014

Work in Progress - Fall foliage

Oil Painting of fall foliage, or at least the start with basic lay in of colors.  I have not developed my technique enough finish this up in one go.  At least not without screwing it up and turning it to muddy colors.  I will finish it and then post it up.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gerald Cassidy sketch

This is a sketch I did after a sketch originally done by the artist Gerald Cassidy.  I really like and respect  Cassidy's art, which is mostly New Mexico based art and southwestern.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Trout Steam sketch

More of the evening sketching series.  These are part of the things I do each evening.  It relaxes me and does not expend anything but pencil lead and a little time.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Adobe shed sketch

This is practice sketching and evening activity of an Adobe shed with old wood door.  I did most of it and felt I did the most interesting part.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Canyon de Chelly Sketch

More sketches for sanity and practice.  This is part of my evening relaxing and work on my skills.  Canyon de Chelly is in New Mexico.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Enchanted Mesa - Carl Redin

This is a pencil sketch I did of a Carl Redin's painting of Enchanted Mesa in New Mexico.  These sort of sketches are a good way to develop your understanding of tones and how better artists handle translating nature in to the language of painting.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Birthday

Earlier in the month,we had another birthday for my niece, Julia.  She is obsessed with the Minions and I help feed the obsession with these sketch cards.  I did not post this on her actual birthday because I was in the midst of the Red Feather Lake series of posts.  So Happy Birthday Julia.