Just delivered this. It’s a surprise gift that a friend of mine requested of a family pet that passed away a year or so ago. I had several photos to work from, but this pose was the supposed favorite. Unfortunately it was a rather poor reference photo. But, I think with a bit of artistic license, I made it work.
20×16 oil on canvas.
I have a friend who is patiently waiting on a commission piece from me. It’s not going so well. I’ve spent so much time correcting the original painting, that it’s getting very overworked. I needed a break. So today, spent a few hours on a sketch. Sometimes you just gotta step away and play.
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!
In early 2012, I was given the opportunity by a local community bank, to create a portrait of their founder, who in late 2011, passed away after an extended illness. Even though I had been out of the studio for such a long time (see blog from November 2012), I knew this was something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine a better way to show my appreciation for Doug and his ever present compassion for people.
This painting consumed much of my studio time last year. I spent many hours and many canvas on experimenting with color, values and getting my drawing skills back, before getting down to business with the final painting you see here. The painting now hangs in the bank board room.
“Doug” Oil on canvas, 18 x 24.
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 Wetcanvas.com reference library. 9 x 12, oil on canvas board.
And this one is taken from a stock photo from Tracie767stock on devianart.com. 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.