Friday, March 31, 2017

"Early Spring, Floyds Fork at Seatonville Road" oil on panel

16 x 20 inches, finished today after starting it on site last week.  As I stated in a previous post, this was a fairly limited palette. I wish my camera picked up more of the subtlety in the tones in the paint. I am pretty happy with it.  I ended up putting a bit more foliage on the trees than there was in real life, and the scene was actually less colorful than I depicted it, with the exception of the grass on the banks, which was a pretty intense green--something I could not generate with a mix of Naples yellow and ultramarine blue.

Floyds Fork at Seatonville Road

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

earthtone palette

Did some plein air painting last Friday. I used a limited earthtone palette like last time, with a slight change, substituting ultramarine blue for cerulean blue, and adding red iron oxide. The other colors are ivory black, titanium white, Naples yellow, burnt sienna, and burnt umber.

I didn't finish the painting on site, so worked more at home. I still want to work more. It's not resolved yet. Pictures forthcoming.

Red iron oxide is a monster, by the way. It walks up and punches other paint in the face kyst for laughs.

Friday, March 17, 2017

pen and ink details

Here are some close-ups of the drawing I just posted.

House Portrait in Pen and Ink, 11 x 15 inches

Goose Creek in Walnut Ink

A few Fridays ago, it was unseasonably warm, but the bugs and poison ivy weren't out yet.  I sat out and sketched by Goose creek, in the woods near my daughter's school, for an hour or two.  This was the result.  This was done mostly with a bamboo pen; some of it is my homemade soda can pen; and after I got home I worked in more details with a Hunt 101 nib.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

knife painting - Germantown shotgun houses

This is an oil painting I started about five years ago, and only had it at the underpainting stage before I put it on a shelf in the garage and forgot about it.  I didn't much like how it was coming along.  Finally, a few weeks ago, I pulled it out and used a painting knife to complete it.  It's one of my only knife paintings, and I like the result.  It was, for me, pretty experimental, since I don't have much experience with painting knives.  It was certainly different than the detailed pen and ink work I usually work on, and I want to do more soon.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Plein Air Painting near Floyds Fork

This is a plein air (mostly...) that I just finished. The weather was cold on Friday morning, but forecast to warm quickly, so I got gear together and went out to the Parklands at about noon.  It was a great day to be out, though windy.

I used a limited palette: Ivory black, titanium white, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, burnt umber, and cerulean blue.

I finished most of this on-site, but did a little fine-tuning and touching up when I got home.

White Barn Near Crestwood: black walnut ink drawing

I frequent a pen-and-ink discussion forum, and a talented artist there has been posting a series of drawings of barns that he has been doing.  They have been great to look at, and they helped push me to draw one myself.  I suppose I was already inclined, despite the long-ago warnings of one of my college professors (he had a list of things he advised us not to paint, because they were cliches: barns, ducks on ponds, sunsets, religious themes...there were probably more, but I forget what they were.)  My favorite buildings to draw are the ones that have a lot of "character"-- texture and wear.  So barns are attractive for that reason.

The subject was on my mind, and as a ran an errand through Crestwood a few weeks ago, I saw this barn.  I stopped and took some reference photos, and then did this drawing.  It's about 10 x 14 inches.

White Barn Near Crestwood


Sunday, February 5, 2017


"I can wear these nice clothes while I paint as long as I am careful." -- me, erroneously, on about a million different occasions.