Friday, December 30, 2016

Old Glory on a Spanker boom - block in

I started this painting of Old Glory on a wooden Spanker boom on a wooden sail boat.  I have the basics painted in.  I will need to add detail to the water and then I will add a bunch of detail to the boom, lines, folded sail, and metal work.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Copper Pan and Bottle study

A bit of a rough start on this one.  The pan is ok, not so much on the bottle or jar or whatever this is.  I lost some of the shape and will need to go back out it tomorrow in the light of day and after some sleep.  All moving towards the 10k hours needed to master something.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lettuce and Pepper Still Life Practice

So it's a little rough but, it is a good start on a green color challenge of these vegetables.  I need to work on the edges and shaping the leaves to give this depth.  I will tweak this later.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Red Onions Still Life Practice

So this is the start of another practice of Still Life - this time Red Onions.  This was pretty quick and I will probably just add a few highlights and then leave it alone.  Back at regular work today so only quick time on the brush tonight.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Post Christmas Still Life study

So after recovering from Christmas, I worked on this study of brass pots.  Not an original design but it's something I need to work on, capturing different surfaces and textures in paint.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy holidays and merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!  I little Reindeer study for the holidays.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is my Mom's Birthday.  I do cards for my family members and I did this one of the State Flower of Colorado, the Columbine.  I did this with colored pencils and Ink.  So enjoy your day Mom and stay warm.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas Snowman!

So the wife, daughter and I went and did a drink beer and paint tonight at Calvert Brewery.  We did a Snowman with moonlight and Christmas tree.  It is fun to do these paintings and I enjoy the fun of painting with my girls.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Syrup Bucket and Onions

More studies of still life in oil paint.  These are not original designs but are like playing the scales on a piano.  They are ways to practice mixing paint and evaluating - lighter/darker and warmer/cooler on colors.  Its a fun way to spend an evening, nice and relaxing.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wicker Bottles study - the block-in

I have been working on getting more paint time in as I get home.  My block-ins are improving and I am getting things better set with the first applications of paint.  I need to add depth to the shadow and details in the wicker on the bottles along with highlights to give the shapes substance, but it is a pretty good start.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ocean City Channel Inlet Marker

I worked on the Ocean City, Maryland Inlet Marker painting.  I added the Marker tower and its shadows down to the beach sand.  I started the highlights on the tops of the breakwater rocks.  I want to finish this by adding better tower colors and shadows.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ocean City Inlet Channel marker - Block-in

I worked on this oil painting tonight.  It is the start of the Ocean City Inlet Channel Marker.  I have not put in the marker, but i put the cement block mounted in the rocks to hold back the ocean at the Inlet to the back water at Ocean City.   I will need to add the tower and the shadows cast by it.  I will need to add the highlights on the rocks and the waves.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ocean City Fishing Dock - Block-in

Sometimes a painting just works and this block-in worked pretty good.  I think I will have to make a few corrections but this one is pretty good as is.  This was done from a picture I took during a really low tide during the Super moon last month.  We were in Ocean City Maryland near the breakwater and Amusement Party near the inlet.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lyon Lion Fountain - Block-in

I have been out in North Carolina a bit before the Holidays, so I have not done much artwork.  This is the start of a small study of A Lion Fountain in Lyon, France.  I need to refine the Lion head for the fountain mouth and set the background and grate right to make them believable.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rocky Mountain Stream - Adjustments

I worked on Rocky Mountain Stream tonight.  I added branches to the dead trees and I worked on the shorelines and the water to make them clearer and more convincing.  I will add a few details but this is 95% finished now.