Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Staying busy

Feeling a bit Surreal today, can you tell?
14 x 11 inches, Acrylic on panel, "Illusion"
Still working on completing my one hundred figure paintings, and just started the January 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  This is day 4.

Also thought I would collage a photo together of the last bunch of figure paintings.

So I can safely say, I am staying busy this month :)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pick up that brush

A collage of my latest group of figure paintings
I have been having fun lately, just working on figures. 
I found a group on face book call One Hundred Figures,  a group sharing various styles of figure painting.  A wonderful artist Tina Naya'li Berendsohn share demos and everybody gives them a try.
When you find a site like this just have to "pick up that brush" and join in.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ink Base

Ready for Rain, 16 x 12 inches
Acrylic inks are a great way to start a painting.  There is a loose freedom in working with ink. Thought I would share s few of the steps in creating this painting.

    First step a very quick sketch to work from using acrylic inks (magenta and yellow)

Next start an underpainting with acrylics:

When this layer is dry, start in on the details:

Letting each layer dry, it is just a bit more refining and the painting is done.
Hope you enjoyed see the steps
Thanks Mary

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
Available on Artspan

     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.