6×6″ stretched canvas gallery edge.
I’m enjoying Spring and the flowers it brings! It doesn’t hurt to use up the Reds that I mixed either! I hope your able to stop and smell the flowers!
Monthly Archives: April 2015
Our local Art Center http://brookingsartscouncil.org/home hosts an exhibit to raise funds by asking local artists to create up to 4 of 6×6″ works of art of any media. Patrons buy as many chances for a drawing as they like. At the time of the sale, they draw tickets, and each person comes up as their ticket is drawn, and has 30 seconds to pick a painting. The paintings are only signed on the back, so you have to pick by taste, instead of by name.
Here are two paintings I picked out at the last sale, painted by my friends. I can recognize their work, but I picked them because I liked the pictures.
Painting on left by John Rycharik, and on right by Steve Randall. Thanks guys, I’m proud to own art by your hand!
Painting Makeover 02
This palette knife painting represents a rose from memory. In the BEFORE version I was satisfied with the composition, but not the colors I don’t know why I use the dull brown. Anyway, I looked at it today by chance, and thought I want to fix this. The texture has a bit different effect covering over the top of existing texture but I’m glad I went for it! I may try this again from scratch sometime.
6″x 6″ gallery edge stretched canvas
Today’s Fresh Palette 02
Recently I decided to start a fresh palette. The old one was maintained for over a year. The Golden Open Acryics along with a sealed palette like Mijello, if refreshed with new paint when needed make that possible. It works because the paint slowly thickens instead of skinning over. I recently bought a gray palette, which is a great neutral backdrop. I still have my white one, I’m letting it dry completely so I can easily peal off the old paint. I will keep them both going.
Spring Brings Begonias
On my easel today is a painting of Begonias, stirred into action by the Spring fever I’m feeling. 6″x6″ stretch Gallery Wrap Canvas.
One thing I look forward to every Spring is my first trip to Medary Acres, our local Nursery. This is where I went looking for my subject.
Posing with my subject is a persistent Merlin the Cat. I’ve just decided he should be the star of a new painting, coming soon!
Last Night’s Life Drawing
Painting Makeover 01
I was looking through my shelf of rejected canvas boards, and saw one I thought I could rework over the top of the existing painting. I believe it was done in Watersoluble Oils. I used those oils just to be on safe side. I don’t really have medium to mix with it that I like to make it tackier. The strokes blend together much too easily. It was a struggle.
Above is the After, Below is the Before. 6″x 8″.
Shouldn’t be too surprising that I have a shelf of rejects! Do you have a painting that could use a makeover? I would enjoy seeing and hearing about yours!
Sunlight Through Tree (Finished)
Sunlight Through Tree WIP1
I thought I would keep working on trees now and then. It’s similar to studying the figure, except they vary more, and have a more random element added to them, but they do have limbs. This is the first step of the underpainting.
Now I’ve added the clumps of leaves. The underpainting helps me work out the shapes, and negitive space.