Sunday, June 25, 2017

Lemons Quick Study

I knocked this quick oil study out this afternoon.  It was about an hour and half painting, so not bad for the time and one go only at the brush strokes and paint application.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Steam Engine #487 - Finished

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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunset over the Caribbean - working the sky

I pulled this out tonight and worked on the sky.  I am happy with the sky.  I need to work on the water to get it better and more realistic.  I am going to add layers to the water.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Brighton Summit - nearly finished

 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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Brighton Summit - more work

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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Quick Sketch Face studies

I worked these quick sketches of faces.  I did these quickly within 5-10 minutes as a way to practice quickly capturing facial images and structures in pencil.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Orchid Painting - Further Refined


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.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Provisions Company

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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Cattails Reflection - Block-in

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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Utah Canyon Lands

Tonight I worked the clouds a little and I started adding rock detail to the cliffs.  I will need to add the vegetation and work on the colors to improve the textures and structures of things.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Canyonlands Large block-in

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Head studies - More practice

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Octopus - Finished

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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spring Yellow Flowers in a Beach Pail - block-in plus

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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Profile and shading studies

I am continuing to work from the Andrew Loomis book practice sketches in pencil

Friday, May 26, 2017

Angry Old Men Sketches

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Laughing Heads

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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mouths - A way back finally

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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Eyes have it

Drawings of eyes with pencils for practice.  It was a long day at the regular job so a quick escape to art-land for some therapy.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Portsmouth Island Finished

I put the final touches on this oil painting of Portsmouth Island.  I made some edge adjustments and added my clouds, while making small additions to the waves along the beaches.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Head and Muscle sketches

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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Head Shots sketches

Long day today, so I just worked on these head shot sketches to include facial muscle sketches done in pencil.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

More face sketches

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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Portsmouth Island, North Carolina



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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Night Faces

After a day of work, I decided to draw this evening, so I have been practicing the quick sketch of faces from the Andrew Loomis Book.  This is part of the practice of 10,000 hours.  So enjoy it.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunset over the Caribbean

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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Not the most exciting but Work needs to be done

The title line says it all.  I am trying to work on quick sketches and same size sketching of images out of an Andrew Loomis book to work on basic skills.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Drawing work

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Provision Company - clean up


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.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lazuli Bunting - finished up


So Happy Friday, I decided to rework the background on this and I have reworked some of the feathers and the branches.  I think this is good now.   So Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Provisions Company Southport, North Carolina - block-in

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Oak Island Lighthouse - Plein Air

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sanderling Painting

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.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Wrist and Hand study update

I worked on this some more but I did not really get too much further along.  I repositioned some of the details and widened the wrist some.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Profile block-in sketch

I am working the pencil skills on faces and heads.  Not much to say about this just more of the work needed to get to the level of proficiency one wants.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hand with pen

This is a simple quick study of a hand drawn quickly and block style drawn with pencil.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Skeleton Hand Study

This is another skeleton hand study done while on travel and done with pencil.  It sometimes is hard to believe this is what a hand looks like without the flesh.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hand and Wrist study

I found this great picture and I am trying to draw it in pencil.  This is the start.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cherry Blossom - Close Up


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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

More practice - Skeleton study

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Spencer

Today is the son-in-law's birthday.  He likes his duck hunting so he gets the Canvasback Duck for his card.  This was done with colored pencils.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Foot Study

A little bit every day, work towards getting better and eventually you are better.  So this is a pencil sketch of a foot in mid stride, done with pencil.