Thursday, September 8, 2016

Process, paint and thought

14 x 11 inches Acrylic on wood panel

Day 8 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  A good friend of mine makes wine and uses photos of her pup for the label.  She was kind enough to give me a bottle of her latest batch.  So thought it would be nice to give her something back.  This painting is for her. Thanks Deb.
But thought I would share the painting process of this one with you.  I started out just planning to paint the bottle, roughed in the form and built up the layers with acrylic paint on a wood panel.  But as I went along it need something to add some more interest and balance the composition a bit.  Thought adding the pup peeking over the table was just the ticket.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Loose not Fast

12 x 12 inch Acrylic on canvas
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     Thought I would share some of the steps involved in painting this painting.  Many people think that a loose style is something created very quickly, just splashing paint around.  What is really involved is time and layering.

I first study the subject creating sketches 

One usually stands out more than the others, Liked the composition and contrast of this one.

From the sketch I start working a base of color and form.

After the the first layer dries I continue on refining the subject some negative painting and line work.

Again I wait for each layer to dry before refining the subject.  This is getting close to the end, a bit more refining, line and a bit of detail.  Detail are best saved for the last layer.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the process, plan to share more of this type of process with you soon.


Friday, September 2, 2016

8 x 8 inch acrylic on canvas

    A study in contrast for day 2 of the #30paintingsin30days challenge.  Thought I would do some work mixing my own darks.  For this painting I used magenta and dark green.  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Have Fun With Color

Acrylic on Watercolor paper, 14 x 11 inches
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First day of #30paintingsin30days! 


As you can see I really enjoy painting cows :)  Thought I would share a collage of them up to now.
For the 30 in 30 you will probable see a few more, along with other subjects.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Simple Abstract

Sometimes it is refreshing to just work with shapes and color.
This is acrylic one 140 weight watercolor paper.  Have not come up with a name for it yet.  Working on it was like doing mathematics, (believe it or not my favorite subject in school).
It is said that when an abstract composition works it should look complete any direction it is turned.  I was excited that flipping this one around it looked good any way I turned it.
    But then I realized I really do not know which way to hang it, and have no idea which corner should get a signature.

So I guess it will just get signed on the back and let who ever ends up with it decide what way they want to hang it.

Adventures in Art

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Interesting Beginnings

"Curly"  Mixed media on watercolor paper 20 x 16 inches
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   I love making interesting under paintings to work from.  Sometimes those under paintings are pure experiments in color combination.

I started this one with experiments in mixing oranges and blues, then roughed in with white acrylic the mass of the sheep, I wanted to  work up.  From there I worked back and forth with acrylics, inks and charcoal.
   Just thought it would be fun to share the process of how "Curly" was painted.
Thanks for looking