It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Not because I haven’t been in the studio. Quite the contrary. I continue to study and learn each time I enter the studio. These experimental sessions are not meant to be published artworks. Rather they are learning tools that I hang on my studio walls for my own critical review. I continue to play with color, values, and edges, just to understand their roles in each brush stroke.

Many times I walk out of the studio feeling good about a days work, only to be a bit humbled upon return. But, that’s okay! It’s good to see my mistakes, or misjudgments. How best to learn? I have some really horrid stuff hanging in my studio. I hate to look at them at times, because I can’t believe that I actually thought they were complete. It helps me to realize where I’ve been, in order to get where I want to be.

This painting, “Golden”, was a four hour painting session, done for our annual “guys fishing trip” coming in May. Many years ago, I was asked to create a chart for the trip. The chart has been used to track our daily catches, weather, and many fantastic fun moments. Over the years, the chart has developed into an artistic challenge for me. I really have taken this chart thing too seriously, but, why not? I love to paint! Sure a far cry better than some of the earlier charts done in marker.

This one is done like the others, oil on poster board. Yup, poster board. Toned acrylic gesso plastered on the board first, then oil over. Again, not intended to be a finished “work of art”. Simply, more experimentation with a purpose.

So, it’s back to the studio for more fun. I have a few concepts I want to pursue. Looking forward to the trip!

Sketches January

I’ve completed my commission piece. But out of respect for the family, I will not post it yet. They haven’t seen it, and I’d certainly prefer they see the actual piece, before I do so. The piece is of a local businessman, a friend, and family man who passed away in late 2011. The painting was commissioned by a local community bank, which he founded. The bank has the painting now, but family hasn’t had the chance to see it yet. A private viewing will take place when they are ready to see it.
So, when timing is right I will post my efforts. Until then, I continue to spend what time I can, in the studio playing with color, sketching and painting with my favorite medium, oil. Here are a couple of my 3 hour sketches from the past week or so. I suppose I should explain that my full time career is in engineering, and I really don’t get much time to “play” like this. Weekends are about my only time in the studio. Otherwise, there would be many more sketches…

This one is from a photo taken from the reference library. 9 x 12, oil on canvas board.


And this one is taken from a stock photo from Tracie767stock on 12 x 9, oil on canvas board. I absolutely loved playing with this portrait. I feel it turned out pretty good, considering I almost scrapped the sketch three times before getting to this point. But, keeping with it, I was able to learn from mistakes and get the painting to a fairly completed feel. Again, these are just practice sketches. The whole intent, is to keep a brush in my hand, and to keep the ol’ hand to eye coordination in tune.