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.

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.



detail:









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.