How to Make Your Own Inexpensive Small Painting Panels – The Art and Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee

Marc Hanson, is a talented artist friend who caught my eye not only for his beautiful paintings, but for all the clever art tips, like making your own panels, he shares on Facebook with his adoring fans. Marc is a world class artist and recently won the Oil Painters of America, ‘John Marion Pardy Landscape Award of […]

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Melissa

More charcoal drawing this weekend. Really enjoying revisiting this medium.

Melissa : Charcoal on toned paper. 20×16

This one is “Melissa”. A big thanks to melannc at DeviantArt.com for the reference.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Detail
Detail

Charcoal Drawing

This one is approx. 22×18, taking about 3-4 hours. I had a great weekend in the studio. Experimenting a bit with tools that I just haven’t spent much time using.

In my world of engineering, symmetry is a part of design almost daily. So this gentleman’s beard bothered me somewhat. I often have to convince myself that symmetry is not always the norm in art, and with portraiture, it can lead to great character representation.

 

imageI have a huge respect for some of today’s artists and their charcoal drawing capabilities. Their drawing skills and understanding of values are something I hope to achieve through more of these kinds of drawing sessions.

Thanks to skydancerstock on DeviantArt.com for the reference.

Alla prima portrait

I put down the shovel today for a bit of studio time. Lots of yard work this summer.

It’s been since July that I had this opportunity. Was a day to simply relax and work my way back into the creative side. Working very small on this one, for me. Quite the challenge since I like to lay it on thick. 5×7, Oil on Ampersand panel.  Again, just great to have a brush in my hand today.

Oil on cradled hardboard
Oil on cradled hardboard

Thanks to faestock on DeviantArt for the reference photo.

And thank you for looking!

Walleye paintings

I thought I’d share a couple of older Walleye paintings, each done a couple of years ago, and are oils done on poster board. These were done as a temporary piece of artwork and never really intended for archiving. But thankfully, due to today’s technology, I can keep them around for many years electronically.

The Feed
The Feed

Doing these paintings takes me back, remembering my youth, watching outdoor hunting and fishing shows with my grandfather, uncles, father, and brother, and growing up in the wooded hills of western Pennsylvania . I love that part of this great country.

The Chase
The Chase

Fishing, for me, is a form of relaxation and release. Tensions and worry just seem to disappear, as it does when I paint. I have so many wonderful memories of fishing with friends and family, it’s no wonder I lean towards the water. But, truly, simply being in the wilderness itself is a thrill.

I can’t wait to do a series of wildlife paintings representing my love and respect for wildlife and “the great outdoors”… Hopefully soon.

As always, thanks for reading!