Monday, March 19, 2018

Kirkland #17

Kirkland #17 oil on arches oil paper 4" x 5"

What a dark day! The trees in the front are almost the same value as the sky and the dark grand tree sort of hovers in the middle, weird.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Kirkland #16

Kirkland #16 oil on arches oil paper 4" x 5"

Hey this is the first one I actually cropped the tree in this one. This painting shines in the sun, it's interesting how it shines, probably from the walnut oil I'm starting to use more. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Kirkland #15

Kirkland #15 oil on arches oil paper 4" x 5"

I love how the sky is never the same, there's always something different.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Kirkland #14

Kirkland #14 oil on arches oil paper 4" x 5"

This has a bit of mystical quality to it. I like how all the trees feel glued together in the scene.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kirkland #13

Kirkland #13 oil on arches oil paper 4" x 5"

In the last few weeks I've been doing a few prints and drawings, I tend to slow down a bit on painting when I'm doing a graphite drawing. I'm not sure if I'll post my drawings since they're so light but I'm going to post a few more of these Kirkland paintings, then some still life.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kirkland #12

Kirkland #12 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

It's fortunate that I'm always blessed with a good view. The woods have this beautiful mauve coral color going on especially when it rains.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kirkland #11

Kirkland #11 4" x 5" oil on arches oil paper

The more I paint this scene the more I see the differences between each day. These paintings are becoming more about the atmosphere and lighting than the trees. I have a bigger 12" x 16" painting that I'm working on in coordination with these tiny oil sketches.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kirkland #10

Kirkland #10 4" x 5" oil on arches oil paper

There's some windy days here, you can really see it in the trees. Sometimes that big tree I paint blows and dances all over the place. It's kind of amazing how much trees can move about in their spot.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Peppers

Peppers 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

Squint squint squint! That's the key, I swear I'll get that tattooed on me if I need to. Sometimes I get so wrapped in painting something small that I forget about the larger picture, gotta squint!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bag of Apples #2

Bag of Apples #2 5"x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I used incandescent lighting, the last one was natural light. It was helpful that the red on the label was more chromatic than the apples. I had to just keep in mind that the apples would never be as red as the label.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kirkland #9

Kirkland #9 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I've been putting a parchment color as the ground, it's a combination of naples yellow and paynes gray violet.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Kirkland #8

Kirkland #8 4" x  5" oil on arches oil paper

The tree I usually focus on is the tree on the right that's bisected. When it gets windy, you can really see these trees dance.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kirkland #7

Kirkland #7 4" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

Here's a clear day for once! A little bit of pale blue rather than pigeon gray.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kirkland #6

Kirkland #6 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

My goal is to get those clouds to feel like they're behind the tree. The clouds move fast on a windy day so if I don't like the clouds then I can wait 5 minutes for new ones.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Breakfast

Breakfast 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

It was really hard to simplify that moka pot, pretty sure this painting got wiped away a few times. Painting on a small scale means no unnecessary details that would distract from the whole.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bottle of Jack

Bottle of Jack 5"x 4" oil on arches oil paper

Whiskey has such as beautiful amber color, the liquid sort of glows in the bottle.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Kirkland #5

Kirkland #5 4" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I've been learning that not all overcast days are equal, some are definitely more somber and dark than others. This painting was basically burnt umber, ultarmarine blue, yellow ochre and zinc white.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kirkland #4

Kirkland #4 4" x 5" oil on arches oil paper

I feel like I coming to know these trees very well, I wonder how well I can recall them from memory. If anyone's wondering about the paper I'm using, it's this high tech paper called oil paper. Reminds me of when I used to paint on watercolor paper with gesso.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kirkland #3

Kirkland #3 4" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I painted this on a rainy day, I love when it's dark and moody. If anyone wants to know, I used paynes gray violet from Williamsburg Oils for this one, absolutely beautiful color. I just ordered another tube, I've been using in coordination with naples yellow.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kirkland #2

Kirkland #2 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

A close up of my new favorite tree. Lately I've been using the hard end of my brush to draw lines in the painting, it does a few things for me. It glues the foreground and the background together so that it feels like one complete scene rather than many parts. Another thing is that it mimics the feeling of rain for me, almost like the air has little striations in it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bag of Apples #1

Bag of Apples #1 4"x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I really enjoyed making this painting, the apples feel like little candies, there's something so precious about them. I wrote 'SQUINT' on my easel board, definitely needed it on this one. It's handy to remember that the whitest white is the highlight on the bag, not the white cloth it sits on.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kirkland #1

Kirkland #1 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

This is my view out my patio in Kirkland, the tree in the middle has so many moods. Most days are overcast which is good because I enjoy a muted palette. This is the first one in a series about this view, I have sixteen more to post.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Avocado

Avocado 5" x 4" oil on arches oil paper

I've been painting a lot on oil arches paper, it actually takes washes with turpenoid and walnut oil pretty well. I can usually beat the paper up and it doesn't give away. I finally got an avocado sliced nicely for a still life! Avocados start to brown within an hour which gives a good incentive to paint quickly.