Seasons Greetings ~


Seasons greetings to all my blogging friends ~ wishing you and your family a very

Merry Christmas

and

Happy New Year

See you in 2016!

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

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Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, a Pictorial of the Drawing


Keeping on with my Thursday’s Drawing tradition, here is a pictorial of the drawing process for On the Lookout – click onto the image for a larger view:

On the Lookout, #1 - Final

On the Lookout, #1 – Final

Thank you for stopping by – have a great weekend.  Drawings begin again after the first of the year.

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Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, final


Apologies first.  I’m way behind in checking out everyone’s blogs – after this weekend things should settle back down and finally take some time to catch-up.

On the Lookout, a graphite drawing (12×9) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper – has been completed.  I did cheat and worked on the piece on and off during the week – I really couldn’t help myself.  The Heron was pure joy to work those feathers – a mindless activity and very relaxing.  Speaking of feathers the pencil values ranged from 2H all the way through to 4B, and in between I also used loose graphite to darken large sections of the feathers and then used the graphite pencils for the finer details and definitions, and the really dark areas.  A kneaded eraser was used for highlights in the water, sky and feathers.  This drawing took about 16 hours in total.

This Heron reminds of one that comes our way during summer months and sits high up in our old Oak tree – very hunched looking for food (after he cleans his feathers, of course).  He is an amazing bird and literally stays up there for several hours being very patient – just waiting and always On the Lookout!

Thank you for checking in and following along with the progress of this drawing project. Click onto the image for a larger view.

On the Lookout, final

On the Lookout, final

The reference image was from Paul2 of pmp – an incredible photographer, whose work is always remarkable.  The image was a shot he took at sunset (in color) at Kensington Gardens – London.

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Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, #2


Happy to be drawing again – it’s Thursday and time for an update on my drawing project.

On the Lookout, #2 is graphite being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, the smooth side.   Today was spent cleaning up the wood post adding in more wood grain and darkening/lightening areas that will make the post standout.  Also work began on the Heron, establishing its foundation using an HB pencil, then the head came next (I wanted to draw in the darkest parts of the bird to establish the darkest values in the scene [HB, 2B, 3B and 4B]).  Finally using HB the foundation of the body/feathers were drawn with a variety of graphite pencil values and a tortilum was used to blend out the feathers.  This was only an initial start to the feathers a lot more work needs to be done.  A kneaded eraser was used to bring out the highlights in the feathers, and also a short camel haired brush used on the feathers to smooth out the feathers for a softer look.

Next week the back will be expanded out to the right a bit more (to give a more fuller body and hunched look) and I’m hoping the feathers will be completed.  Can’t forget the feet!  Either next week or the week after final touch ups will be made, the lightest areas I’ll go over one last time and perhaps the darkest darks too.

Thank you for checking in, have a wonderful weekend ~ click onto image for a larger view.

On the Lookout, #2

On the Lookout, #2

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A Country Road Snow Study, acrylic


We are so lucky to be living in a day where anything we need to grow as an artist can be found on the web.  The information is out there, it’s a matter of taking time to sort through the noise to find what’s best for our personal artistic needs.  In my case recently it’s gathering information on mixing snow colors, building layers of acrylic paints to give a scene depth, getting good values, color harmony, and achieving atmospheres that I envision for my work.

A Country Road Snow Study, is an acrylic painting (8×10) painted on a gesso-prepared board.  This painting is based on a youtube video that I saw done by artist Michael Pickett at http://www.pickettonline.com (A Country Road Snow Scene).  I’m not going to rate his video or painting, rather say that I picked up a few things like:  using layers of paint to build a scene, mixing snow colors, establishing light and shadows, and the effects by several types of brushes.  While I stayed close to Michael’s instructions, my snow shadow colors are more of a bluish hue with a hint of red.

I’m hoping that over time the areas mentioned above will improve over time as I paint more snow scenes.

Thanks for checking in ~

A Country Road Study

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Offline for several days


I’ll be offline for several days, have a wonderful weekend.

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A Frozen Creek, acrylic painting


Why do I love acrylic paints?  Because after spending what seemed like hours, painting a convincing winter village scene, I decided that if I wasn’t convinced no one else would be either, so what to do but throw on a bit of gesso and presto a new surface appeared and I was ready to go!

A Frozen Creek, an acrylic painting (6×6) was painted on the above gesso-prepared hardboard.  I had a lot of fun while painting this scene, what did I possibly have to lose – just another coat of gesso I suppose, lol!   The secret to acrylic painting mistakes.

On a serious note, after I painted this scene I found that I’m still not satisfied in my winter scenes, there is something in my work that I’m after that isn’t emerging.  So I did a bit of research on the technicals of painting snow, have learned a few things and hope that they will show in my next several winter paintings.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you a safe and wonderful holiday.  Thank you to all my blogging friends and followers for your continued encouraging support shown to me throughout this past year ~ I’m most grateful.  Click onto the image for a larger view.

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Winter in Black Forest, oil pastel painting


Sometimes simple landscapes make the grandest statement  .  .  .

Winter in Black Forest, an oil pastel (5×7) was painted on cream-tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper with Sennelier and Holbein brand oil pastels.  Both a firm-tipped clay shaper and palette knife came in handy to work the trees and pond scene.  I was drawn to the simplicity of the scene and was hoping the oil pastels provided the look I was after.

Hope you enjoy your weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Winter in Black ForestThe painting was inspired from a photograph taken by Elena an amazing artist and photographer with pmp.

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Thursday’s Drawing: On the Lookout, #1


A brand new project for Thursday’s Drawing started today ~

On the Lookout, #1 a graphite drawing is being done on Bristol Vellum paper, the smooth side.  The background was established first, using homemade graphite power from # B graphite pencil, dusted on with a brush and then wiped/smoothed with a piece of felt (can use chamois as well) for a softer appearance, this will let the background stay in the back and won’t interfere with the main subject (a Heron), and finally using a kneaded eraser certain areas were lifted for water highlights.  Next the wood pier/pole was worked on establishing values first (B, 2B, 3B and 4B), used a tortilium to smooth out graphite and lastly added in the grains of the wood.  Some more work needs to be done on the water and wood, but I’ll wait until the Heron is established so the values stay in check and I can get a better feel for where the drawing is taking me.

Next week the Heron will begin to emerge.  Thank you checking in – have a great weekend.  Click onto the image for a larger view of details.

On the Lookout , #1

On the Lookout , #1

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A Snowy Bridge, acrylic painting


Today is another acrylic winter painting ~

A Snowy Bridge, an acrylic painting (5×7) was painted on a gessoed prepared ampersand board, using a limited palette.  This painting was great to learn how to paint with flat and liner brushes, and also get a feel for moving paint with a painters knife (used for the foreground snow).  The bridge ended up being slightly more dark than how I anticipated it and not as defined, but was satisfied enough to called it a day and appreciate the lessons of this scene.

It was a great scene to experiment and learn how to paint water reflections, a bridge and a thick forest.

 

A Snowy Bridge

A reference image from John Robinson, a photographer from pmp was used for inspiration.

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