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.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year

I have a weird way of visualizing time, as my wife will attest. For one thing, calendars always seem backwards to me; Mondays should be on the right, with the following Tuesday on the left, Wednesday to the left of short, weeks, for me, flow from right to left.  A mirror image of a typical desktop calendar.  Don't ask me why.

Also, the year is a circle, much like a clock.  But it runs counter-clockwise.  December is in the "12" position, January in the "11" spot, and so on.

Christmas and New Year's are right at the top of the circle, and right now, we are all cresting.  We're at the highest part of the year, up here where it's windy and you can see in all directions for miles, like at the top of the hill on a roller coaster.  We're about to plummet down through exhilarating springtime.

Anyway, it's crowded up here at the top, with lots of people, and events, and projects; the shopping, parties, gift giving, baking, cleaning, family time.  Art has taken a back seat to Christmas trees and playing new board games and visiting friends.

But 2017 is about the pounce, and I have stuff to work on.  More house drawings lined up; and my recent oil landscape has really made me want to paint more!

I haven't had much to post lately, but I am ready to go.  I want the new year to be my most productive yet. I think it will be.

I am so grateful for the all the clients who have commissioned artwork in the past few years.  I think I'm at about 60 finished house portraits at this point, but it's hard to be exact because there were a few I didn't document well due to them being rush jobs.  I think a few records(and no more than a few, thank goodness) were lost when one of my flash drives got scrambled a year ago.  But at any rate, I've done a lot, and more keep popping up.

I am also so very grateful for all my friends and family who have been so supportive of my art career.  I can never repay you!

Happy New Year, everyone.  However your 2016 was--and yeah, 2016's reputation isn't good right now--may your 2017 be better and brighter.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Falls of the Ohio Pen and Ink Detail

black walnut ink on paper
 This is another closeup of a pen and ink drawing. This section is about 4 x 4 inches. I really like the closeups because I like seeing the pen strokes and the patterns in the lines. That border between the representation of the scene, and the abstraction of the marks on paper, is what I find most exciting about any art medium.