On this venture of mine I plan to do a number of things. To post paintings which are for sale...to post a daily painting...and show some works in progress( demos). The art will be in Oils with an Acrylic sneaking in now and then.
Sorry, I missed posting a painting yesterday. I got involved with technical problems with my printer and had to resolve them so that I can print mailing labels...hate it when something gets in the way of my painting! Here's a painting from the recent past which is already sold. I liked this one for the stance of the grizzly and how the color and strokes turned out. Not too sure about the sky, though. The close up of the face tempts me to do a painting of it. Best wishes, Dean
Today, I felt 'up' for something different. I've been mulling this over in my mind for awhile. The idea is to just paint the essence of the subject and leave all the details out. With the greatest economy of strokes what would make a canvas cry "wolf"?
Much of this surface is just toned with acrylic. The essence is done in oil.
Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel.Here's our friend, the butterfly, all done and having a sip of necter. The various greens of the background were scumbled in though a few selected lighter areas are thicker. Small bits of the toned canvas flicker through, helping to harmonize the painting. Parts of the butterfly and flower were done with a heavily loaded brush using a single stroke. Once I lay down a thick stroke, I leave it alone. There you have it. All comments would be appreciated on this post. Sold
I was asked to show my painting method. Ok, here it goes.... I first tone the support with diluted acrylic. I usually tone in a complementary color to what the subject will be.
After I do the drawing on paper, I transfer it to the support with Saral Transfer Paper. This leaves a white line and for me, breaks the subject into many shapes. I'll wind up matching the color of shapes one by one and not be distracted by what my specific subject is. I love painting like this.
In this case I started with the darks...Ultra. Blue + Alizarin Crimson. Darks were thinned with paint thinner. Next I applied paint directly from the tube. The colors used were White, Yel. Ochre. Ultra. Blue, Cad. Yel. Med., Aliz. Crim., and a small dash of Diox. Purp. I tried to match the color of each panel of the wings. They reminded me of a stained glass window.
That's all I have time for now. Stop in tomorrow when (hopefully) I'll have it done.
This painting is a first for me. This is a painting of a close-up of a previous painting...confusing...eh? Often when photographing my paintings, I'll do a close-up detail in order to show the strokes/texture. Many times I'll see the close-up as more captivating than the original! The Cat posted Fri. Oct. 6 was such a case. Plus I really liked the lighting effect and had never been able to reproduce it again. This time I came really close to succeeding and I'm pretty pleased with the resulting painting.
I enjoy painting all subjects. To cause a viewer to pause and see the beauty in even a mundane object. But I must admit my special interest is animals of all sorts.
While I did attend the Columbus College of Art And Design for one year, I am largely self taught. My main contemporary influences are Richard Schmid and Scott Burdick.
Hope you enjoy my art, and please feel free to comment, or email me ...I'd love to hear your questions or thoughts!