Monday, December 28, 2020

Baby Girl

I painted a small 8" x 10" portrait of my youngest daughter this last week, testing a limited palette of yellow ochre, titanium white, ivory black, alizarin crimson and burnt umber. 

 Since I was painting with some of my children, I used acrylics instead of oils. I want to try again in oil, as I can get much nicer transitions.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Black Sink Prairie

I found this picture of an older painting today while looking for another image. It's a view of the Black Sink Prairie in Citra, Florida.

This was a memorable painting excursion. Though it's called a prairie, the location is often more of a swamp than anything else.

I set up my easel by the edge of the swamp in a small clearing surrounded by brush, then started to paint. After starting to block in the landscape, I heard the grunting of a gator, quite close.

There was a lot of vegetation and water around me and I quickly realized I was not in a safe spot in case a gator felt hungry, so I ended up painting my landscape in a bit of a rush while standing on top of a metal folding chair I had brought.  

My sister Stephanie now owns this painting. It's not the most polished work I've ever done but I figured it would be better to have a rougher painting than to be missing a limb. 

I believe I painted this picture in 2014 or '15.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Jeep Sketch

I was out in the yard today with Rachel and the baby, sitting on a towel and soaking up some sun. It was in the upper 50s but the sun felt good and I brought my sketchbook along.

This evening I finally finished my portrait of Margaret and will post that as soon as I get a good photo.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Making Christmas Cookie Ornaments

 A quick sketch in acrylics and pencil:

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Cool Watercolor Techniques

Some interesting ideas here:

I have always liked the look of watercolors but have never done much with them. This makes me want to experiment.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Good Art Advice

 Via Chuck Black on YT:

You become great at anything overnight.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

"Astronauts" (Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20")


 Oil on Canvas. 16" x 20". $600.00