Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On the Wing

Almost done:

I am going back to my roots. Black and white paintings in a B-movie style.

8" x 10", Oil on Canvas.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8 x 10" Noni Painting in Oils

The baby is safely here and I was too busy to paint for a few days. After doing some reading on oil painting techniques, along with watching some YouTube videos, I ditched my acrylics again and painted a little 8 x 10" painting this morning:

I was originally going to paint some potatoes but my wife and my daughter both told me that was "way too boring."

I put the potatoes away, went for a walk down to a noni tree growing in our neighborhood, then picked a fruit and a few leaves.

Though the ripe fruit taste like bad cheese, black pepper and vomit, the leaves actually make a very nice tea when steeped in boiling water.

The fruit are also fun to paint. They look very alien. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Little Paintings

This week I have been painting little acrylic canvases as we wait for our latest baby to be born.

I used to play piano to relieve the anxiety of waiting for important things. When we left Florida, I left my piano.

Guess painting is the new thing to do while waiting. 

These are close to finished but I'll touch them up before I show them anywhere other than here.

I recently got a tablesaw to go with my miter saw so I should be able to make frames soon. That will be satisfying. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rachel and William

I have been tweaking my oil painting lately in the quest to paint good portraits.

I finished this painting last week.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 38: Yellow Creek

I just got back from painting down by the creek. 

I told myself, "David, if you don't do a good painting - a seriously good painting - today, you're going to have to kill yourself by eating that tube of cadmium yellow."

This is called "motivation." And it worked.

12 x 20". Oil on scrap wood panel.

As I finished, the rain began to fall again. The monsoons have tinted the creek with mud and I was fortunate to get a chance to paint during a gap in the rainfall.

More little paintings

I have continued painting every day, with the exception of one day where I completely ran out of time to paint. To make up for it, I painted THREE little paintings the next day.

Some are little plein air canvases, some are little still life pieces. I attempted a bigger plein air painting of some gnraled felled trees but it's not done yet. Good so far but I need to solve some problems.

Basically, I've just been sketching with paint and trying to find my favorite palette.

Nothing I'm really proud of this week. Just practice.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Day 32: Local Watermelon

I bought a pair of little watermelons from a local farmer yesterday and cut one of them up for breakfast this morning. I liked the way the inside looked... so I set up a little watermelon still life and painted 'em.

I have to tell a further story.

My friend Mike showed up yesterday morning with two rough-sawn mahogany boards, then proceeded to cut them up into "canvases" for me. The wood is so beautiful (and normally expensive!) I almost hate to paint on it, but I must paint.

I can't believe he carried those boards down the mountain from the sawmill, just so I could have more painting surfaces. Great guy.