Sunday, November 23, 2008

Evening Silhoutte 2



Oil
18"x24"

This was the second variation from the stock photo. I put the photo away and worked from my earlier study. I get bored easily and had no interest in making a copy, but chose to go with the flow and let it come to life. Much bolder...just can't stay away from that orange.

Evening Silhoutte 1



Oil
12"x16"

This was a painting I did as a demo for my last painting class. We worked from a stock photo. It was a very dramatic sky and a good exercise. We departed from the photo and every student finished with a good painting. The common element was color as we worked from a limited palette and I mixed the color for my demo and placed a small color note on each of their palettes. I usually don't work from photos, but with the weather change and the drama from this stock selection, I felt it was a good solution. Stock photo was only $10, with full copyright.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reflections



Oil
9"x12"

"Reflections" is this weeks painting for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes For Diffeent Folks. After looking at the photographic reference, I thought the reflections, dynamic color changes, and overall contrast were very dynamic. I added to the mystery of the painting with the addition of the bartender, instead of the void in the photo.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Quiet Time



Red and White Conte
16"x20"

This drawing was completed in the Stutz Art Space Open Figure Drawing session, held every Thursday at the Stutz. I wanted to try the 2 color conte on toned paper as I will be demonstrating the technique in my workshop scheduled for January. The drawing time was 1 1/2 hours.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tuscany Field



Oil
18"x24"

I saw an image on a TV commercial this past week that reminded me of some of the photos I had in my reference file. Being into big skies and clouds this week, it was fun to work the composition and twist the color a bit.

Ocean View



Oil
9"x12"

This reference came from Hawaii. I was there 2 years ago painting on the Big Island and walked up onto the golf course at the ressort. This was the main view from the tee. I took liberty this week to change a few things and add the beach. The green and flag are gone. Brought back some nice memories.

View From the Beach



Oil
9"x12"

I've been on a cloud binge and have looked over some of my photo references. This one was enjoyable, and I was trying to capture that big sky effect and the time of day when the shadows reveal nice color in the shadows.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Capitol View



Oil...8"x10"

Another small work from the Karin Jurick, Different Stroke From Different Folks. A difficult challenge working from the photo reference. My decision was to make a change in color from the very cool, blue reference. As I tell my students that want to work from photos, it is so difficult to sense the space and depth that plein-air painting sessions provide. On the other hand, in this case, security may frown from a painter setting up an easel in this location.