I worked on this one this evening. I added some foliage and worked the elk trying to make it better. The foliage on the right is probably good. I want to dry brush with just a little pigment on the elk to get better shapes and face definition. The background foliage and the grass needs a few adjustments to get it were it needs to be for a complete painting.
I worked on this study of a Bull Elk. This is a combo study. I wanted to relook at how I was doing the Autumn Monarch Painting and I needed to do a birthday card for my brother-in-law. This was all done with lead pencils.
If you ride the Cumbres And Toltec railroad you spend lunch at Oslier. This is where I took a photo of Engine 487. I did this pencil sketch to start planning out the painting of this engine. It is a small one but it is easier to figure out what you want to do with it small.
I have worked on this for the past couple of night, sort of intermittently. This is a pencil sketch I have been working on to figure out if I want to do the bigger painting of later. the jury is still out on this one, but it is fun practice for me and I enjoy it.
I had done this 10 years ago but I had never liked it. I only just figured out what to do to it. I changed the background and I will change the body color on the Male Red Winged Blackbird. It is ironically too black right now which makes it to dull and flat. I will redo the black with different "black" color. I will use a mix of Alizarin Crimson, UltraMarine Blue, and Viridian, to make a more realistic black.
I worked in the Autumn Monarch adding the basic body position and further refining the foliage. I will complete the body and the antlers. I also think I need to add more of the bright yellow foliage and change the shape of it to make a better composition.
This is a pencil sketch of a Yukon & White Pass Narrow Gauge Diesel engine. This is a rail line built to access the gold fields of the Yukon Gold Rush. The line then was part of the World War 2 effort. We rode the line in 2013 and it is well worth the ride with unique engines and spectacular scenery in Skagway, Alaska and Canada.
Sunset Oak tree. I went back to actually painting. I had worked on the sky and the sun for a bit and I was not happy with it. Eventually I liked how it was set and then started the tree. I will probably leave ths alone and consider it finished, but I am undecided.
This is Kerri, my middle daughter. A few years back we went to Belize and did some snorkeling and scuba diving. I took a photo of Kerri coming up at the end of a dive and I always thought it would make a good piece of art. I sketched this in pencil and will probably do it larger and in oil later. So this is the start.
I have been gone with work and a Wife Birthday trip, so no posts. I did work on this pre-paint sketch done in pencil. I probably won't use this exact sketch, but I want figure out the best possible set-up for the Bull Elk, so I will play with the pencil before the brush.
I did not like the background of the mountain i last night's post, once I woke up and looked at this this morning. I remixed the paint and added grey and yet with a cooler and grayer color mix with just a little warm in it. I then started to work out the foliage for this one. I have it started and it will need some work to finish. I will work out my Bull Elk Monarch in pencil sketch separately first before committing it to the canvas.
Tonight I started a new painting, one I am calling Autumn Monarch. This will be a long narrow painting so no sky. The background is the mountains purple behind fall foliage of gold and crimson. The Monarch is going to be a Bull Elk. It should be good when I get it all worked out.
As an extension of the practice of pencil sketches of heads, I did this oil sketch of a head. Basically it is white and black oil and no underlying drawing, all brush work. This is not bad for the first one, but I can see where it needs improvement.
I pulled this out of the vault and re-worked it closer to a finish. I reworked the sky and the snow with shadows. I did not like how it was originally and that is why it was set aside. I will redo the tree trunks and then add the branches.
Since it is hot here today, I felt like painting a snow study. This one is a Snowy Stream while the sun sets so you have a good angle of light to make things interesting. This is a larger painting but it is a decent start.
Happy Friday, so I did another quick study for tonight's post. I did this in about an hour and the point is to quickly and accurately(ish) try to capture the colors and shapes without overthinking it and overworking the painting. No focus on details just practice to get things set for plein air painting.
I did this oil painting as another quick study. It's three tomatoes. It is an okay start, I don't feel like I got the roundness of the tomatoes as well as I would like. The saying is keep practicing the starts of paintings and the finishes will take care of themselves. So this is a start, but I don't know about the finish.
Tonight I worked on a quick oil study of carrots. I knocked this out quickly. I wanted to work on getting down a decent capture of paint in a quick manner. No time wasted over thinking or daubing, practice getting it down quick and as accurate as possible.
I worked on these tonight, more of the Andrew Loomis book studies. I tried to work these up fast and only spent about 45 minutes on each. Some are better than others and the last in the bottom right corner is best. All work towards 10000 hours for mastery or at least proficiency.
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.