Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

House Portrait

Detail
House portrait

House portrait, 8 x 12 inches, drawn mostly with sum ink and a dip pen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

White Rabbit Pumpkin




For the Jack-o-lantern Spectacular, here's my first pumpkin, drawn a week ago but not yet carved.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dog Portrait, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches

I finished a commissioned pet portrait last week, in oil paint. I haven't met the dog personally, but in the photos I was provided she looked like an incredibly sweet dog.







(Detail)




Saturday, July 29, 2017

8 1/2 x 10 house portrait in pen and ink

house portrait

I draw this with a mixture of disposable technical pens and sumi ink with dip pens.  It's a pretty house, and I was especially enjoying the shadows of the trees.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pen and Ink House Portrait

10 x 16 house portrait, finished last weekend. Black and white on paper. This was a combination of sumi ink and disposable technical pens.

House Portrait



detail

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Coffee lightfastness test



Here is the result of a light exposure test for drawing or painting with coffee. This ran from March 19 to May 8.

So far, the coffee is relatively lightfast.  I expected much more fading than is evident.

The experiment is continuing.

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.