Friday, June 22, 2018

Finished Painting of The Still Life With Flowers in Red Vaise and Oil Lamp

I set this picture aside for a long time while I worked on other projects such as writing and illustrating a book of poems.

I finally found time to get back to the easel and finish this one up. I made some of the colors deeper and I brought out some of the details, especially the leaves. It was tricky to finish this in my basement with artificial light when I started it on a friend's patio outside.

It was painted on canvas board and you can still see some of the cloth texture.

I wanted to have a sloppy style with bold contrasts in colors and drama between the lights and darks.

I am very happy with how the painting turned out.

Acrylic painting of Still Life With Flowers in Vaise
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Painting a still life picture of a Vase and flowers with the Painter's Club

The Painter's club got together for a little paint out party at Wiley's house on his patio last week. We had such a great time painting different scenes that were available. All the artist are pretty good and some are good enough to sell their work. At this event, Wiley set out some things to paint. Some artist chose to paint the scenery some choose to do portraits of other artists, and a few of us did still life subjects that were on the tables.

I spent a lot of time deciding and that is a problem I always have but I made up for it in working quickly to get a painting done before the light went completely away.  There was an oil lamp, some books and a vase on a round table that looked both challenging and inviting. I sketched it quickly and then did layers in acrylic working as quickly as I can. It was a little muggy so the water based paint didn't dry so quickly which it wants to do under normal conditions.

I have begun to use more black in my work and I think it has given me a new depth in my paintings. I over paint the picture several times, it is a way to not get too caught up with mistakes and situations that are not satisfactory in my work, but as I painted over I would add color and black and color again to build up the depth of the value and color.

I am very happy with the results, but later when I have some time and all my art stuff is all out then I will do a little touch-up when I do I will post the final finish.

Painting of vase and lamp.  
It was as much fun to talk to the other artist and learn from them as it was to paint.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Painting At The River With The Painters Club

After work on Thursday night I went out to paint with some artist friends from the Sykesville artist club. Wiley is the head personality of the club and he organized the paint out at the river outside of historic Sykesville.

It was a hot day so to go down into the shade of the river trees was welcome. Since I got there around 6 PM I knew I had only about an hour and a half or maybe two hours before the light got so dark that I wouldn't be able to paint effectively. I could spend an hour just deciding on what to paint so I made a quick choice and basically painted the first interesting scene I saw, the turn in the river where dead trees and branches piled up.

I sketched it quickly and broadly in charcoal and began to scrumble the first layers of paint. I started with the blue sky area; I added more sky than was actually visible since I thought it would have made the picture more interesting. Then I put down the first thin layers of greens with a wide brush. I used the same wide brush to put down the tans and browns of the rocks and the muddy dark of the water. After a bit, I decided to go against my normal inclination and began to mix black into the darker areas. I kept on adding layers and details to the picture and began to move through my inventory of brushes to smaller and smaller until I was using a liner brush for the finer details. My last step was to work with a lot of white to the colors and in some places to use only white for accent.

It was getting dark and I was beginning to feel that I was just reworking some details over and over so I knew it was time to call it done. The other artist were packing up and beginning to go too. It was a wonderful time painting and I feel pretty good about the picture.

River By Sykesville, Painting on location, Plien aire by Adron

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Watercolor Sketch Of A Lamp With Flower Basket

This is a little sketch I did in watercolor on Saturday at Wild Lake Columbia.

THE SETTING
It was a nice but cool day and nice days have been rare lately especially on a Saturday.  If I didn't go out and paint a little something I would regret it, so I packed up a few essentials and went out to paint at the lake.

The lake has so many beautiful and interesting buildings, walks, fountains and scenery that it is hard to choose what to paint. One way to handle this sort of problem is to shrink down your field of view and instead of doing a big landscape or city scene I find it is better to pick an object of interest and do something more intimate.

After walking around for a while I chose a lampost with a wicker flower holder near the top.

FIRST WORKING
The sky was filled with clouds but I washed in the blues quickly. The background was the bare trees across the lake and I kept them as a mass of brown. The middle ground was two bare trees, They were bare still since it is early spring and the leaves have yet to come out. I centered the lamp post on the picture which is usually a bad form since you want the point of interest in a place of interest but putting it center makes it a portrait of a lamp.

MAIN WORK
The trees were an important part of my picture so I spent a lot of time painting them and going over them with a liner brush pulling the color up and away to form the many branches.

The lampost was carefully drawn with a small brush. I wanted the white of the lamps to be shiny so I darkened the sky behind them.

LAST STEPS
I did the fine lines with a signature brush. The railings details of the grasses and flowers.

I think it turned out to be a nice picture.
I hope you enjoy it.

Wild Lake Lampost, Watercolor
It is about 5x7 inches

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