Thursday, September 29, 2016

An Orange on Green Paper

An Orange on Green Paper (6" x 6") oil on masonite
I like how fast and gestural this came out, so yay! In this piece I wanted to see orange against a blue ground, I still have a preference for a warm ground like yellow or red. As always, squinting is key. I was laughing at this image earlier of Bob Ross, good old Bob Ross, so optimistic. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples (6" x  6") oil on masonite
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The green apple on the bottom is the same one from the last two posts. I was thinking a lot about each brushstroke, then using a paper towel to manipulate the mark. I like how sensuous the cloth is in contrast to the hard shiny apples. I also enjoy how the stems point to one another. I'm satisfied with this piece, here is the sketch I made before I started.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Green Apple

Green Apple (6" x  6") oil  on masonite
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I was very slow with this painting, really trying to be calculated with the brushstrokes. I could always squint more in the process, I'm going to make a sign that says 'squint' over my easel- that'll solve the problem. This was an attempt to use as little brushstrokes as necessary in order to simplify. This composition is from the 10 Minute Challenge from yesterday, it's nice to have the value squared away before attacking the color.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 Minute Apples

10 Minute Apples (6" x 6") oil on masonite

This is for the 10 Minute Challenge from DPW  It's such a good warm up, it definitely gets you moving faster. I used Payne's grey for this, I concentrated on using the ground as much as possible and resisting the urge to use white till I needed it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Complementary Apples

Complementary Apples (6"x 6") oil on masonite

Alla Prima painting is a lot like chess, you really have to plan your moves. I used a red ground which was super helpful to maintain the strong chromatic intensity in the apples. Another thing, lighting! So before I didn't have a light shining at my easel, now I do. I vastly underestimate the value of my darks when I don't have adequate lighting on the panel as well as on the palette and still life. There are some good moments in this piece, like when the red apple is the same value as the gold cardboard, it seems to glue the scene together.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Elephant Eating

Elephant Eating (6" x 6") oil on masonite

I painted this elephant chopping on leaves for the DPW challenge of the week. It's been a long time since I've painted from a photograph, very challenging but I'm really digging how the trees in the background turned out after all the wiping away. Back to apples!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three Amigos

Three Amigos (6" x  6") oil on masonite

This time around I used a yellow background which proved useful in preserving the color in the apples, all I needed to do was wipe away any red with a cloth, then reapply the green. I like how the stems are all pointing to one another. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mirrored Apples

Mirrored Apples (6" x 6") oil on masonite
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I started this painting with a different composition and wasn't satisfied with it so I wiped it off. I think the second time around is a big improvement, I like how the reflection in the mirror turned out, especially in how it differs from the apples. I will go quicker next time!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Value Study: Apples

Value Study (6"x 6") oil on masonite
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Apples are so much fun, too many options.  I decided to do some studies in burnt umber just to play around with composition and lighting.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park (6" x 6") oil on masonite

Puget Sound sure smells salty, I went there the other day when the sun was blaring. There were lovely little puddles everywhere from the Sound, perfect for reflections.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

This is Water #1

This is Water #1  (6" x 6") oil on masonite board

It's been a very long time since I last posted! I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a MFA in Painting and Drawing. My thesis show was based on a view out of Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. I sat in Sky View Observatory and made some onsite drawings as research for larger studio paintings. My website shows my thesis work which is currently hanging at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Belltown.

In this painting I used Portland Grey Deep and Zinc White, both Gamblin brand. On the masonite I used rabbit skin glue (RSG) and then an oil ground on top. RSG is a traditional gesso that leaves a fantastic surface especially compared to acrylic gesso which feels like plastic. The Portland Grey Deep has an attractive look on the yellow ground, there's an almost purple quality to it.