Archive for October, 2006

I still can’t render

I worked for hours on my apple painting (see below), and I’m still no better at rendering. Those brush strokes can be seen across the room. My values are good, it’s just that my blending is shite. And I’m going to half to keep doing the apples over and over again until I get it right.

Goals for the week:

1. Make some changes to the tree marsh painting, now called Baucis and Philomen after someone on a message board told me it reminded her of that story. I am going to gray out the marshes – not a lot, not enough to destroy the dramatic lighting – but enough to create more depth. And I am going to add a bit of detail at the base of the tree on the right.

2. Get a lot of work done on the monster portrait. I’m really wishing now that I hadn’t done this as a grisaille, but it’s too late now.
3. Keep glazing the portrait of Gus.

Next week I hope to start attending an open figure studio on Mondays, and shift my general painting class to another day.

Marsh Trees

Marsh Trees

I think this might be done. Oil on board, 12″ x 24″.

edit … no, I don’t think it’s done.

Dealing with multiple palettes

Right now I have several paintings going, and for each painting there is a different palette. When I paint grisailles, I use only grays. The palette I’m using for these coastal landscapes is different from the palette I’m using to glaze the portrait of Gus. And I’m about to do a still life using yet another palette. It’s started to get wasteful and confusing.

I think I will be getting a stack of those Masterson palette seals. Oil paint keeps for weeks inside one of those if you put it in the freezer. Our freezer is tiny, though, so I don’t think I’ll be doing much of that. However, it would be wonderful to just be able to grab the colors I need when I want to set one painting aside and work on another. I think a trip to the art store is on today’s agenda.

Amy Talluto is amazing!

Click here to check out her work.

Texture studies

I did these texture studies some time ago, and I found them today while going through some old drawings.
Top: Fabric
Middle: Tin foil
Bottom: Paper

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Texture Studies

A work-in-progress

Trees on the Marshes of Glynn

This is a work in progress. It’s oil on board, 12″ x 24″. I’ve got a long way to go yet. The chroma on the marshes is way too high; I’m looking for dramatic lighting but I don’t want my viewers’ corneas to get burned out. Also, I do not want to detract from the tree in the foreground. The painting is about the tree more than the setting.

October Morning, Lake Glenville, NC

I took this photo on Saturday, October 21st, around 8:30 AM. There was a lovely mist on the lake.


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