I finished, mostly, this oil painting of Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Steam Engine #487 tonight. I have been working on this on and off for the pass couple of years. I think I have improved enough that I have worked this to a level I am satisfied with and can live with it. The Cumbres & Toltec is an original Denver and Rio Grande Railroad line which runs along Colorado's southern border with New Mexico. The railroad is now run as a tourist heritage line and is well worth a trip down to see.
Today, I worked on Brighton Summit painting. This is from the top of Brighton Ski Resort in Utah during ski season. I added texture to the rock and the snow. I am not completely happy with the snow bank but this is good enough for tonight.
I dug out the block-in of Brighton Ski Resort Summit painting for tonight's work. I started to add texture and surface to the rock face, shadow and curve to the snow surfaces, and details to the trees on the far slope. This is in pretty good shape and I will probably just add some more details and make some small adjustments to finish this one.
Back from Monday work day. I worked on refining the orchid petals and added detail to the red stamen and its pollen buds. I will work to finish the petals and then add the rest of the pollen buds down into the center of the Orchid.
I am back from work travel. I worked on this study of the Provisions Company in Southport, North Carolina. I fixed some perspective issues but if I do this bigger it will need more work. I added the Flag, details to the sign, and the chains and posts to separate the dining area.
I started this Cattails Reflection study for my Friday celebration of the end of the week. It's an okay start, I am only partially satisfied with it. I wanted to get the Cattails and reeds better developed as a one stroke painting but it was not happening tonight, so I will let it sit and come back to it later.
I have started this block-in of a Utah Canyonlands Sunset. I did this previously at 11 inch by 14 inch. This is at 18 inch by 24 inch, so I have expanded it. I blocked-in a darker color and I will add layers and subtract color to get this where I want it. I liked in the smaller side so I want it bigger and a way to practice to improve, repeating paintings and experimenting.
So back to work today, I worked on some head sketches. These are basic layouts of the structure for doing head studies. The first is a muscular structure, then with the basic shape, then with basic shading, and finally more complete shading and shadows.
A Good Memorial Day to you, I finished this up and then started a larger painting but it is not ready to show. I mostly made small adjustments to this Octopus with more suckers added and then adding the little shadows on each. I added small eyes to finish its head.
I have gone back to doing some painting this weekend. This is a Spring flower planted in a child's Beach pail with a little shovel. I will have to figure out the type of flower, and I will update that later. I want to work the darks better in the leaves and better set the flowers.
Happy Friday, I worked on Quick Sketches of Angry Old Men, sort of a good way to de-compressing from the regular work week. I am getting faster on these and I want to get that way so i can draw people in person quickly.
So quick sketches tonight of laughing heads. I am trying to get better at quickly drawing heads and capturing facial expressions. These are basic and a good way to practice. I use to do some of these on the Metro train but these are better for a quick ones.
So after some work, some travel, and some new printer/scanner difficulties, I am back to posting some of my art work. This is a set of mouth studies from the Andrew Loomis book. I did these this evening and they are pencil studies of mouths at difference angles done quickly.
Tonight, I worked on faces and the underlying muscles which can lead to the different facial emotions. Drawing is the underlying basis for all the work and improvement needed. This is work to improving skills in painting portraits.
I am alternating nights. Tonight I drew faces from Loomis. Tomorrow I will return to painting. So I whipped these out. I need to keep working on the basic skills. I will need to keep repeating skill practice between painting drawing and other things. It needs to be an endless process of competition against yourself.
With this series of photos you can see how I develop a painting from block-in to refinement. While not done, I like how this is advancing. I need to finish the wave action and to sort out the green vegetation on the barrier island. This is an oil painting.
So not a lot of artwork this weekend but I did start on this sunset painting. This is a good start but I am working on being more subtle so I will have to add some glazes to this painting to get all the color complexity I want.
The development of art skills, like anything else requires work on the basics and I have relooped back to work on basics. This is basic skills from Andrew Loomis, an artist and instructor from the 1930s. He is considered a classic instructor and a brilliant writer of art books. So I am going to draw everything he recommends to get my skills better, when I am not painting.
Tonight I have cleaned up some of the problems with the start up of the Provision Company Restaurant in Southport, North Carolina. I have improved my details, shadow, colors and the roof lines. I added the lights and the wire to telephone pole. I need to finish the sign and add the final details to this painting. I may do it tomorrow or Monday.
I started this as a Plein Air but it was too complicated to complete as a plein air painting. So I got the basic shapes and colors in and then I will layer on the proper details. this is a walk-up restaurant dockside in Southport North Carolina. It is called The Provisions Company, it is a great stop and well worth your time.
This is a small plein air oil painting I did from Caswell Beach on Oak Island, North Carolina. The lighthouse is a fairly new one built in 1958 to replace a steel light tower which was the old light. This one is a cement structure and helicopters put the light structure on top. I am happy with the sky but I will probably do this larger and do more of the top detail.
I have been on the road and then I was on a little vacation and I could not get this posted. I went to a painting night with the wife Barb and her friend, Sharon. We painted a scene of a Sanderling on the beach. Above is mine. I like it mostly, but I do want to rework the foam line were it meets the beach, otherwise it is not bad.
I worked on the close up of the Cherry Blossoms. I did not like the background so I changed it to a more greyed out darker one. I added more texture and roundness to the buds and the branches. I think it is close to done. The Blossoms that survived the crazy weather are peaking this weekend so get to the Tidal Basin to enjoy or wait till next year.
I have worked more on drawing studies, I did this study of a hand bone structure done in pencil. The story is the study if bone structure and muscles helps with drawing skills. I guess it does but maybe it just helps with drawing.