Thursday, August 31, 2006
This is Thursday nights painting. I had trouble this week trying to keep up with my illustration work, Stephanies two commissions, and producing this piece. I wanted to paint someting simple and I had this and some more coffee setups to paint from, so salt and pepper won. Click on the image for a larger view.
Homemade Jam (commission, not for sale)
Laura Scutter's Peanut butter (commission, not for sale)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
This was supposed to be a looser thicker painted painting of Oreos and milk, but as usual I chickened out and started rendering. I know I would like the painting just as much with bold thick paint, but I worry that other people that I want to purchase it might not like it as much. It's the way I always painted as an illustrator and it's tought to break away. Click on the image for a larger view.
Monday, August 28, 2006
This is a second layout that I painted from photos that Luis Colan has let me use. He went on a trip to North Carolina, from New York City, and took a bunch of great shots. Looks like he had a great day of sunshine. That never happened for me when I had a chance to shoot a great location. I took two trips to the Grand Canyon and one to Zion, and never saw the sun. Click on the image for a larger view.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
This was a house in Vermillion South Dakota that we shot the same day we shot the porchlight house. I liked the pale yellow hue of the paint and the sun striking the side of the house. The gravel driveway was kind of unusaual. These are great old houses built in the 40's and 50's. Click on the image for a larger view.
Friday, August 25, 2006
I've been wanting to get back into landscapes for a while now, even more than wanting to paint something figurative. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of portrait or person to paint, but I'm getting closer to figuring that out. I was hoping a figurative piece would be next, but Luis Colan was kind enough to let me paint this piece from one of the photos he took while on a trip to Asheville, North Carolina. He also took some great shots of a Koi pond that I'm eager to paint. This is like a candy store
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Mom (not for sale)
This is a painting I did of my Mom for my Dad's birthday on the 14th. I don't know if she liked it too much, the painting is real honest and it looks like her, but it wasn't the most flattering expression and pose. It's funny but, I can paint them with all thier imprefections, age spots and wrinkles, but I'm afraid to put the same kind of honesty in other peoples poses. Click on the image for a larger view.
Dad 2006 (not for sale)
This is a portrait I did of my Dad 2 or 3 months ago. I gave it to my mom for Mother's day. I was really proud of this because of how I handled it so loosely. To my eye, there is alot of detail here, because the arms, T-shirt, and coveralls look exactlly like they were. Any more rendering of the surfaces would have ruined it. Click on the image for a larger view.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
I'm experimenting with todays painting. Instead of listing this in the featured section of eBay's art categories for $24, I'm going to list it in the general listings for $4. I'm trying to find out if I can not only save money, but see how many people look at this piece, and also how easy it is for people to still find all my work, featured or not. So far, after 12 hours, 10 people have visisted the page. Not too good. It may be a while before I post these in the general listings. Click on the image for larger view.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I've been meaning to paint a peach from the very start of this painting project, mostly because it has always been a favorite of all artists at one time or another. C'ezanne was probably the artist that painted them and made them the most famous as still life subject matter. Still life with Cupid wasn't appreciated by me in my earlier years, but today I'm amazed at how he can paint. Click on the image for a larger view.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
This is a painting I did of a piece of toast with strawberry jelly that I shot the same day we set up the pancakes and eggs and toast painting. I really liked the glowing jelly with the big blue highlights coming from the picture window. My diet isn't getting any better tho, tonight I shot Doritos, candy corn, and a piece of chocolate cake with white frosting. It was my Dad's birthday and there's always alot of junkfood around my mom's house.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
This still needs work, but I have until Tuesday night to go back into it. I like the moody dim light of this setup but the piece needs some more dramatic darks and lights without raising the light level. Matter of fact, I forgot to put the top of one of the chairs in the reflection on the vase. Click on the image for a larger view.
We've been searching for some good cheesecake in town but after looking for a week, my wife finally brought home a whole pie made from the Cheesecake Factory. Bad idea. I was lucky to be able to shoot the last piece and even that one didn't have as many cherries on it as I wanted. I think we have a mouse in the house. Click on the image for a larger view.
This is a house we passed in Vermillian South Dakota one evening when we were out shooting barns and pancakes. How's that for variety? I really like this time of evening. Golden hour to photographers because you're lucky to even have an hour of this golden light. Light enough to see everything with long shadows, but dark enough that lights can be seen. Click on the image for a larger view.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This is a 5 x 7 of a single bing cherry. It's a darker red than the everyday cherry, but like the peppermint, it was free from my mom's house. The next paintings are going to be healthier. I shot some setups of a peach that looks like they're going to be fun to paint. Click on the image for a larger view.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Here's a stack of pancakes that I've been planning on painting for a month. We were too hungry to even take time to shoot a plate of flapjacks in the place we ate last week. I was planning on a smiley face written in syrup, but it didn't cooperate at all. Unlke a food stylist, I had only one plate to get it right. Click on the image for a larger view.
This is a painting of a piece of carrot cake. It was the only thing at Starbucks that appealed to me for color and texture.I need to paint this larger without the plate, because the frosting with the squiggly drips going across the walnuts was the best part, and it doesn't show up as well I I thought it would
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Kitten (Not for sale, commissioned)
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
This is a lemon and wedge painted on a 5x7 panel. I shot this one day and experimented with different numbers and arrangements that I thought a 5x7 panel could hold. To me, it's either just a lemon, or maybe a lemon and one or two wedges at the most before things get crowded. Any more and you have to let things get cut off which can be nice arrangements too. The most interesting part of this painting to me isn't the lemon or the wedge, but the wet pools of juice on the dry cutting board, and the refracted light inside the puddles. Click on the image for a larger view.