Monday, November 30, 2015

Alaska - Fjord Island and Ice

I have hundreds of photos from my trip a few years ago to Alaska.  Go if you can it is great and very scenic.  This is a block-in of a small island near the Sawyer Glacier.  The water has speckled ice chunks in it, which will be the last thing painted in.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Moonlight Aspens

I pulled out this painting and decided to work on it.  The top is the adjustments and a better photo.  I added to the moon halo, greyed out the background pine trees, greyed the foreground meadow and the middle ground meadow.  I adjusted the Aspen shadows and changed the aspen trunks.  I think this is a better set-up and might even be done.  We will have to see.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

High Country Snowy Road study

Today, I continued working on a bunch of small studies.  This is the start of a study of a snowy road some where in the Rocky Mountains.  It is a basic block-in which need refinement to be more effective.  I will post some of the other studies over the next week.  Numerous artists have spoken of the need to start many small paintings to develop your skills and this is an example of the hundreds of paintings I have started.  I will be starting hundreds more.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fishing Boat on the Chesapeake

Happy Black Friday!  Instead of fighting the crowds, buy something from a working artist, i.e. Small Business Saturday.  This is for sale on Barb's, my wife's ebay site.  This is a bit of an experiment to see if this is a good venue for sales.  SO check it out using the link below.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanks giving!  I hope you all had a great day with friends, family, and good food.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wintery Snowy Banks study

Tonight I worked on this study of a Wintery Snowy Banks study.  This is part of series of studies on winter scenes.  I will have to fix the reflection and I will add more branches in the background and the middle and back ground brush.  I will add some snow into the branches.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Overcast Snow Stream Study

This is an oil study of a snowy, overcast day with snow and a slow moving stream.  This is the block-in, I plan to add snow flakes and more branches and trees in the background.  This is another example of brush miles and canvas yards of practice necessary to improve.   More to come in this holiday week.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winter Twilight study

This is part of the my work this weekend to catch up for lost time.  This is a small oil study of a winter stream near twilight.  This is not finished as I will need to improve the water reflection, the left tree branches, background foliage, and the little bit of bare branches on the right.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Decorating the Chesapeake Bay room

So not a lot of artwork done today, ran some errands and did some work work.  The wife redecorated for the holidays and hung five of my paintings in the dining room at the house, which is now the Chesapeake Bay room because the paintings are all of the Bay.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Winter Stream Twilight Study

I blocked in this oil sketch of a Winter Stream at twilight.  The sky is good the background is decent. I will need to add snow to the trees and the foreground will need the most work to get it and the reflection in the water right.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Old Tree sketch

I don't know what sort of tree this is but it is odd and not in the best of shape.  The top crown of branches is leaf-less.  Then the lower foliage is another odd touch, but I liked the different techniques for the foliage and the bark.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Another Tree Sketch

I continue the sketch series on the trees.  I have a whole sketchbook about half filled with trees.  Most I have been posted to this blog.  I took a class from the painter Scott Christenson.  He reminded my of one of the principles of mastery which is the near obsessive practice on things you want to improve on, so I have been sketching the trees.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Frozen Lake Spruce trees

I did not get as much done as I would have liked art wise this weekend, but I did do this block-in of a frozen lake with spruce trees.  I will need to make some adjustments to this color wise.  Some are too bright and in need of graying it some to push it into the background.  Future plans for things to come.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Old Oak Sketch

This is a pencil sketch of an Old Oak Tree.  It is not an original design but I really liked the design and the structure of this tree.  Tomorrow I will be painting again after a busy week.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sycamore Sketch

More work on the tree sketch book. I have been trying different ways to represent trees.  So this is not an original design but a way to try out and experiment with techniques.  This is a sketch with a thin Pentic Marker with the trunk being light as opposed to dark which, is how you normally think of tree trunks.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Alaska Fjord Waterfall Pencil Study

I did this pencil sketch of an Alaskan Fjord Waterfall as a value study for a painting.  I wanted to do a basic layout and to try out the composition before committing to canvas and paint.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Colorado, Fall in the Foothills - Closer to the finish

I worked on the Fall in the Foothills today.  I added the start of the horses grazing in the Meadow, which is what attracted me to this scene.  It has been challenging for me to paint, as I have attempted this three times before getting to this which I am mostly happy with as a painting.  I feel like I need to adjust the cottonwood tree foliage and I will add some small detail to the horses to give them more structure and depth.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sunset over the Bay - Finished

Tonight I finished Sunset over the Bay.  You can see the progression from Block-in to developing the atmosphere of the sky, water and the foliage.  I finished with toning down the water and adding the flying waterfowl.  The Chesapeake Bay is the major east coast of the US flyway and many ducks, geese, and swans over winter here as we are usually south of the freeze line.  The hall mark of fall is the chorus of honks and quacks of our visitors from the north.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Devil's Tower update

I worked on the Devil's Tower painting.  I had blocked in the tower wrong so I expanded it to make its proportions better and more realistic.  I changed the foreground to make it a better composition.  It will need some more work before it is finished.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hand Sketch

A quick hand sketch with pencil.  I switched up from painting and trees for a little different work but still progress to the goal of improvement.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy Birthday James

Today would have been James's 30th Birthday.  This is a sketch from a photo from James' birthday in 2006 when we got him his Scuba lessons.  You are not forgotten.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Colorado, Fall in the Foothills - Progress

I worked on this over the weekend.  I reorganized the foreground and worked the edges to better represent the grass.  I greyed the middle ground shadows to push them back and I added the start of the foliage and branches to the trees.  Next I will add more foliage and I will block in the horses grazing in the meadow.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Scuba James Sketch

I did this sketch of my son James diving in Belize to help me sort out the tones and shapes in the composition for the painting I did of this in oil painting.

Dios La Muertos - Day of the Dead

Today is Dios La Muerte or Day of the Dead.  Its the day after Halloween and is for remembering Dead Family and friends.  So here is a simple sketch of a sugar skull which is common sugar confection as part of the days activities of remembering the dead.  Since this blog was started after my son James passed, this sugar skull is for him.