Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #5


Today the seascape starts to come alive with energy as this Thursdays drawing takes a new turn – the power of Mother Nature takes over.

Grand Slam, #5 a charcoal/graphite drawing (9×12) is quickly coming together.  By adding the large splash from a crashing wave the seas energy pushes back the tree line and brings us to ground level – the act of placing us at the feet of the turbulent water.  Here is what was worked on today:

  • Background trees were smudged slightly, so they wouldn’t be uniform and shows evidence of stiff sea breezes
  • Rocks in areas being hit with water were darkened
  • The remaining frisket was removed and the splash was formed.  This was done with a lot of give and take using a touch of charcoal, mostly graphite and a kneaded eraser.  Layers were added, then removed by the eraser – this process continued until gentle variations of values within the splash could be recognized.

One more week of refining and I think this drawing will be completed.  Thanks for checking in – click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, #5

Grand Slam, #5

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Gentian Violet, #5


I didn’t intend to paint a Gentian, but my art friend Christel, who has me doing the challenge with her wanted to know if I could mimic the color of a Gentian Violet with oil pastels.  I love these little darlings in a Spring garden, and we had plenty of them until our local rabbit decided to devour them each year!  So now I enjoy through others photographs ~

Gentian Violet (7×5) oil pastel.  This tiny flower, while center stage here is small and delicate – I tried many different hues in the blue and purple families, blending as I went along (cobalt blue, sapphire blue, pale blue, indigo, ultramarine and several violet/purples) working towards the blues you see here.  Oil pastels range are limited and I couldn’t quite find the right mix to give the bluish/violet glow that I remember.  To give the scene a little break from blue, a few streaks of burnt sienna were drawn in.

Onto #6 and also back to work on Grand Slam drawing ~ click onto image for a larger view.

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15 Painting Challenge – Flowers: Orange Flower, #4


Wow can you believe I am only on #4?  Going to take a lot of tenacity and perseverance, so let’s plow forward ~

Orange Flower (7×5), an oil pastel painted on artist canvas board – this is not the greatest surface for oil pastels, as the OPs tend to glide and bleed rather than stick but it gave me the look at I was after.  Mainly Senneliers and Holbein oil pasetels were used.  No underpainting with this painting, just straight oil pastels using the OPs sticks, clay shapers and pieces of foam insulation.  A razor blade was used to get some of the texture in the background.  You’d laugh today, the temperature outside is around 80 and the OPs are melting in my fingers faster than I can hold onto them ~ my fingers are very colorful!

The reference image was taken by me of a flower from one of our gardens last year.  Onto #5 – click onto image for a larger view, the details show a bit better.

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15-Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Yellow Tulips in a Vase, #3


Oh my I can see that this challenge might take me forever – there is a great deal of texture in this painting, but my photograph is about as bad as it gets.  Please bear with me on this one, for good or bad, it’s part of the 15-painting challenge so it’s being posted – I’m not excited about this painting .   .   .   but I’ll explain a bit later.

Yellow Tulips in a Vase, is an oil pastel (14×11) on a gessoed prepared hardboard.  I did an a very wet and runny watercolor underpainting for a little looser feel to the piece.  I used subjects from three different reference photographs and combined them in a way allowing all subjects to be touching – the tall vase and tulips are my favorite aspect of the piece, in person they are brilliant yellow full and the flowers/stems have lots of textures.

If I was to paint this scene over again I would take out the round blue vase and tulip laying on the table and use in some combination maybe marbles, cream or purple satin ribbon, or perhaps a brass clock.  The table top doesn’t appeal to me either.  This painting became too static and doesn’t grab me emotionally – what about you?  You won’t hurt my feelings ~

So why post something I’m not happy with, it’s my way of staying true and honest to the challenge and to let you see that sometimes a whole painting can fall apart.  Nothing to do except get back at it and start painting again ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

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Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam, #4


Working away on the Thursday’s Drawing project – this particular subject has all kinds of decision points and having just hit one I thought it would be a good place to stop for the day.

Grand Slam, #4 (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum with graphite for the water and rocks, and charcoal for the background trees.  Work was done on all exposed areas (even removed two areas covered with Frisket).  Here is a quick summary:

  • The trees were lowered into the main body of the scene, they will be lowered even more once the remaining Frisket is removed.  Also the depth was worked on and some of the tree tops were exposed.
  • The rocks in the middle of the scene and bottom-right of the tree line, both added-on and extended out.
  • The beginning features of the foreground splashes and water flowing in from the right-side and lower-right had the first layers of graphite applied.

Next week the remaining Frisket will be removed and work will start on the grand splash.  The decision here will be whether or not to develop it with charcoal or graphite (shine or flat).  Also, once the Frisket is removed the lower rocks in the middle will be made higher and the rocks at the below the tree line will be extended out into the middle of the scene.  Value management is going to play an important role from this point forward, especially with the foreground rocks and the entire middle of the scene which will be the Grand Slam.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of Grand Slam ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Grand Slam, #4

Grand Slam, #4

 

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15 Paintings – Flowers Challenge: Rose Bud, #2


Yes these 15 paintings are putting up quite the challenge for me, but I’ll not be put off by it – I’m meeting the exercise head on  .   .   .  will take longer than 15 days, lol!

#2 Rose Bud an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on a gesso prepared Ampersand Board – love the way the board handled this painting.  I first painted thin layers for the background in acrylic paint and then applied a coat of clear gesso to get a little more tooth to the surface.  From that point forward it was all oil pastels for both the rose and background, I used a clay shaper and foam insulation as tools for blending.

Hope you enjoy and man, it’s Thursday I’ve got to get on with my Thursday drawing project.  See you later  ~  click onto the image for a larger view.

Rose Bud, #2The reference image was from Vitor Dias a fabulous photographer and friend from pmp.

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15 Paintings – Flowers Challenge: The Bouquet, #1


Oh yes I went and did it again – another artist challenged me to 15 paintings and of all things, flowers!  Yikes this is not my favorite subject to paint, very hard with sticky oil pastels – but the only way to go is to take the challenge head-on.

So first up is The Bouquet, #1 (10 x 13) an oil pastel painted on a prepared gesso hardboard.  This is my impressionist version of a reference image that had a simple floral bouquet other tableware and a large busy window behind the flowers.  I decided to change it up by giving the flowers a background that lets the flowers become the showcase that they were meant to be.

To achieve the background, many layers of an acrylic underpainting were applied first and then several applications of clear gesso for some tooth before painting with oil pastels.  I’m not patient nor detailed-oriented enough to paint in a hyper-realistic style – so this bouquet was done with an impressionist style in mind using thick applications of OPs by the stick itself, my fingers and with a painters knife.  The painting was completed yesterday, but some of the flowers were atrocious, by letting it setup over night I was able to go in today, scrape and paint w/thick layers until the look I was after materialized.  A shame some of the beautiful colors aren’t showing as well as they could with this image.

Thanks for checking in – yeah, #1 is done only 14 more to go!!!  Click onto the image for a closer view.

The Bouquet, #1 The reference image was from Charlie Capuano a photographer with pmp.

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Thursdays Drawing – Grand Slam #3


Time to give an update on the status of Thursdays’ Drawing project, Grand Slam  .   .   .   Grand Slam, graphite (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper with charcoal and graphite – here is a summary of today’s work:

  • The trees are the only aspect of the drawing being drawn in charcoal so they stay flat (with no reflection) and stay in the background of the scene – today more definition was given to the trees and will wait until the drawing is nearly done to continue.  The bottom of the tree line will be extended more into the half-moon area, but will be done at the same time as the spray/splash – this will begin to fix the appearance of “looking down into the scene.”
  • The rocks/boulders are being drawn in graphite to reflect sun and water – all the rocks were worked on including the foreground left and right sides they are now connected,  also rocks were added to the bottom of the tree line in the upper right of the drawing although I’m not entirely sold on these rocks and the area some thought.
  • The water and spray are being drawn entirely in graphite, allowing the sun to be reflected off the water.  Water flowing toward the shore was developed with several layers, much more work is required, it doesn’t have a natural choppy feel yet – as the values and motion of the water will be worked on after the spray/splash is completed.
  • See the middle area, a spot and what looks like lines – actually frisket (keeping the paper clean) will be removed next week.  I also noticed that the piece of paper I was resting my hand and arm on smeared some of the light splashes w/n the water, not to worry that will be correct next week.

About four hours went into the drawing today – have a great weekend!  Thank you for checking in on the progress of Grand Slam, click onto the image for a larger version.

Grand Slam, #3

Grand Slam, #3

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Wild Strawberry Flowers, oil pastel


Ever say yes and then wondered “oh no, what have I gotten myself into?”  Well I was asked to take part in a Wetcanvas Oil Pastel forum monthly challenge – these folks are near and dear to my heart, I really couldn’t say no.  I decided to take a normal beautifully focused reference photograph and change the flowers to a more impressionist – loose style.  Yep and then I wondered whatever did I get myself into – this is where working loosely with charcoal helped me out.

Wild Strawberry Flowers, an oil pastel (10×6.5) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard surface using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastel OPs.  For this painting I started with an acrylic underpainting, then two coats of clear gesso to give the surface some tooth.  A paint brush was used for the watery underpainting that allowed some of the surface to show through, plus the brush gave the surface some nice textures that I used to the advantage of the look I was after.  The underpainting helped establish a base for the background of the scene.  Once set, oil pastels were used to complete the painting.

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Wild Strawberry Flowers

Reference image was from Paul Anderson, moderator of the Wetcanvas OP Monthly Challenge.

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Welcome Spring – oil pastel


Welcome to Spring of 2015 and what better way to celebrate than with a bright oil pastel painting ~

Welcoming Spring, an oil pastel (8×10) was done on a gesso prepared hardboard using mainly Senneliers and Holbein oil pastel paints.  An acrylic underpainting was done first in order to set the stage for a dark background.  Lots of fun colors went into this piece and I loved every minute of painting today.

My wish was to paint one of my daffodils that opened this past weekend, but the snow and ice crushed the stems.  Oh so sad, what would have been beautiful flowers are laying flat on the ground.

Painting again was awesome and what a breath of fresh air to paint with color, lots of color!  Happy Spring – hope you enjoy!

Welcome SpringReference image used was from my good friend, Nicola B an awesome photographer and artist from pmp.

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