Friday, June 27, 2014

The Line Up

The Line Up, 12x24, oil on canvas.

This painting took a little longer than I expected.  My idea was to do a painting of these little T-Ballers with all their funny little gestures.  That's what I focused on and that's what I had but it just didnt feel right.

I added a faint, greyed green in the background as I was advised by other painters but it then became a landscape and that was NOT what I wanted.  The green PUT them on a playing field.  It was far to telling for my original idea so I painted it back out.

In the end, what I found was clear and obvious.  I dont know why any of us didnt pick it up sooner.  The original foreground was primarily Transparent Oxide Red with a bit of yellow.  It was competing with the uniforms terribly.  Once I realize what was happening, it was an easy fix.

I actually keep a check list in my studio that I got from an instructor several years ago.  I rarely refer to it anymore but that may change now.  Check for competing colors is on that list.

I bring this up for any painter who may be reading this.  Maybe it's only me, but after all these years, some of the basic issues still creep up and cause a little grief.   The good news is, I'm getting better at catching them.. eventually.  :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Not titled, 12x9, oil on canvas.

I did this from an old black and white photograph of myself I found in a dusty old album under the basement stairway.  I photoshopped the heck out of it to increase values where it was really muddled.  What a crazy program that is.  It was incredible that it was able to find any information at all on the scratchy scanned photo.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Not titled, 12x9, oil on canvas.

And here we are again getting all loose and crazy.  To be honest, I'm having a ball!  I wonder where this is going to end up?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

No title, 12x12, oil on canvas.

This is a remake of one I did SEVERAL years ago.  Here they are side by side:

If my photography was better, you'd be able to see the slightly lighter greens in the foreground of the painting on the right.  That said, it's mostly dark.  So, remakes are fun.

Monday, June 09, 2014

No title yet, 12x9, Oil in Canvas.

So I'm exploring something here.  I may be a little premature in posting this online for the whole world to see but maybe it's best to have a 'base line'.  That way progress can be tracked.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lily Waltz, 18x18, oil on canvas.

I did this one earlier this spring.  I really like the dancy feel of it.  REALLY having fun with loose, lost edges.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A lesson in composition

River Dance, 12x12, oil on canvas.

After reading Ian Roberts book Mastering Composition for the second time I was excited to dive into another landscape.  He encourages a composition a day discipline which, for me, lasted two whole days.  

The act of creating numerous tiny sketches to find the best composition feels tedious and, I'll admit, boring at times.  But it's probably a really good idea. 

So, I wrestled with this painting and repainted several times until I finally called it quits.  It is what it is.  Time to move along.