Wednesday, January 16, 2013

One Cow Down

6 x 6 oil on gessobord - SOLD

Finally attempted my first cow face and now that I've seen it posted,  I don't like all the vertical strokes.  I'll need to make some adjustments.   I have been looking at this reference photo for a year or so thinking I would try it.  I'm glad I did but I see the value of varying my brushstrokes.   This is what I like about painting, you learn something new each time.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

People Practice

11  x 14 oil on stretched canvas

Actually this painting looks better viewed from across the room or at least 10 feet away.  I am always drawn to scenes with people in them and there is nothing I enjoy more than "people watching" - mannerisms, dress, etc.   I was attracted to this snapshot I took in Savannah, Georgia of art students out sketching on one of the squares.  There were about 20 students and I edited many out of this.  Unfortunately, the one in the dead center had his face in full shade and I painted, wiped off and painted again in an attempt to make it look ok but I'm not happy with it.  Actually the photo was taken from a distance and zoomed in and I lose a lot of detail when I zoom in on my camera.  It was good practice though.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Good Eats!

 8 x 10 oil on mylar - SOLD

Although I have not completed this one, I thought I would post what I've done thus far since I haven't posted in so long.  This was a scene I shot when we were in The Hague several years ago.  These people are eating pickled herring, I think.  We were told that when it's in season that it is a real treat and the locals buy them from street vendors spread around town.  I know they had a lot of business the day we were there.   I can't imagine what it would taste like and it certainly wasn't something I was willing to try - doesn't sound appealing to me at all.   This one needs at least one more session.