Sunday, February 21, 2010

Art Show

My painting was excepted into The Sacramento Tree Foundation and Beatnik Studios, The Art of Trees. I submitted the watercolor above entitled " Lower American"

Figure Painting Class

8x10 in. oil on oil primed linen canvas
11x14 in. oil on acrylic triple primed canvas
Thumbnail Sketch
11x17 in. oil on acrylic triple primed canvas

This past weeks home work and in class painting. So we had to use the Zorn pallet this week and do a painting of anybody we want. I could not get anyone to model for me, so I turned to the internet and just still framed a few heads shots off of youtube. I like the Zorn pallet and have used it many times before, I am cheep and you only have red, yellow and black plus white so it keeps it simple. I also use the same pallet in class, I was fusing over facial features and really got lost in the process with this one. But I always learn from my mistakes, and were I might have over worked the features and lost them all together, the over all color was really nice, a bit warm but I wanted it that way.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Odyssey Magazine Illustrations

These illustrations are in this months Odyssey Magazine. I think they look cool in print with the text and everything.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


11.5x30 in. watercolor on 300 pound hot press

Monday, February 15, 2010

Figure Class

This week the assignment was to do another portrait and paint it with earth red, yellow ochre , and ultramarine blue plus white. The other painting I did in class.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Figure Painting Class

It felt like I took a step back in my progress this week, only to make a great leap forward. The portrait assignment this week was to paint with a warm and cool color plus white. I used earth red and prussian blue plus white of course. It looks like if I came to your house late at night you might not answer the door. Not a good painting, a list of things that made me see what I should not be doing.
Then I show up to class and want to make a masterpiece and Jane is the model so I can not blame it on that(the pose was nothing short of a masterpiece itself). I have to create something special, so my sketch turned out nice and then I started the painting. Only to wipe it once and then repaint it to fast, and then wiped it again after I got home. So the next day I used the wiped canvas to paint my next homework assignment, and then it hit me hard as to what I have been doing wrong all this time. I can not put it into words but the potrait turned out nice and more than that I was on the right path.
So I chalenged myself to repaint Jane from the sketch I did in class. The sketch did not provide a ton of information and details so it was a bit different. I had done this kind of thing with landscapes and maybe a figure before so it was not totally new to me. I learned all these ways of picture making in the past few years that I have studied with Terry Miura. It has opened my eyes to all sorts of great stuff. Well I think the painting turned out as I intended so I was happy.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sketch Book

A few sketches from the snowy mountain top. I brought my sketch book in my backpack this weekend and did these sketches from the top of Sierra at Tahoe.

Figure Painting Class

11x16 inch oil on canvas
11x14 inch oil on canvas

Well another great week in figure painting, I painted another self portrait as the home work assignment. I was to use one color plus white, using a single light source. Kind of an angry look, but what ever. This time I followed the directions and understand the purpose of the assignment.
The painting I did from the live model in class was my attempt at abstracting the figure more and leaving out as much information as possible and still have it read. Then I got carried away but the instructor helped me see what I needed to do to bring back a bit of structure and try to define my focal point. It worked but I still have two of the three focal points and I only need one. I will have to work on that next time.