Monday, February 28, 2011

The Dinner Date#2

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.
This painting is my answer to the DPW Challenge. That great painter, Carol Marine, came up with this wonderful challenge. This week's challenge was "one stroke per color". Mix a color, pick up paint, lay down a stroke...repeat complete 3 step process over and over...mixing a new color each time. You get the idea.

This is very close to how I try to paint all the time, however it is difficult to fight the tendency to fudge and sneak in a few extra strokes with the same color.
My first attempt was bland....all too mid value. So I redid it more to my satisfaction. This is my second attempt. I like the dark dramatic parts and the high value highlights.

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John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Gardener-Goat

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Oil on 7x5 archival canvas panel.

This is my contribution to the WDE at Wet Canvas. Catherine was the gracious host and supplied the images. This is actually the combo of two photos. One with the kid and one of the flowers. I decided to combine them for storyline and comic value.

I first toned it with red acrylic. Much of it shows in the upper right. Laying down the impasto paint is always fun! I hope you all like it!

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John 14:1 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Old Flame-Zippo

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my submission to this week's DPW Challenge. The reference photo was supplied by a really fine artist, Michael Naples. Make sure you check out his blog.

As you can see, this is the famous Zippo lighter. The title, "My Old Flame", refers to memories of a past love. And such was the case with my old lighter...or matches...or anything that would light my smoke! As a smoker, I was a true disciple, I was hooked and loved it!
I gave up smoking in Aug. of '07 and have not turned back for even one little ciggie.....But I must to admit my thumb still twitches at the sight of a Zippo.

I loved the challenge of reflective metal...the great contrast...and tackling those straight edges.

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John 14: 12Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lady In Red-Acrylic

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Acrylic on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my submission to the WDE at Wet Canvas. Valri was the host supplying the reference photos. This is a photo of her in front of a fireplace...the photo actually had this type of coloration.

I just experimented with some possibilities on this one. It could have gone in a hundred different directions.
These hardboards come pre gessoed and are pretty smooth and slick. Acrylic paint, especially thinned, performs in entertaining ways on this surface. What you give up in control is compensated by the excitement of unexpected outcomes.
I could have gone on with this, but chose to stop at this point before I lost it through overworking. Though far from perfection on the features, here it is.

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Psalm 148:13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tears Of Joy-Onions

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Oil on 5x7 archival canvas panel.

Most everyone I know is on a quest to "loosen up" their paintings. Well, that also includes yours truly. I would like to be able to tighten up or loosen up as the situation of the painting demands. I don't believe such a goal is ever attainable....but it's the trying to get there that keeps it interesting.

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Proverbs 25:18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor

Monday, February 14, 2011

Her Rose-Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Day!
Oil on 7x5 hardboard.
This is my submission to Carol Marine's DPW Challenge. The fantastic artist, Qiang Huang provided the reference photo. It's always a pleasure to see the many renditions of the same subject.
Happy Valentine's Day dear artist friends and bloggers! :heart: :heart:

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John 7: 33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Freewheeling Floral

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.
This is for the WDE at Wet Canvas. Mary was the gracious host.

I was attracted to the elements within this composition.
I first coated the board with black gesso. I started off by indicating the elements subtly and keeping them thin and dark. This served to act as a foundation. The paints were applied thicker and with more color in the next step. Finally, I laid in selected leaves, flowers, and parts of the wheel really thickly for the most impact.
Thanks for taking a look!


Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Breakfast Juice Fruit-Orange

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Oil on 8x12 Canva Paper. Each individual block is approx. 4x4 in.
There's a great new challenge going around! It's the DPW Challenge-Ten Minute Challenge.
The requirements for this particular one was to set a timer for ten min....and paint like crazy. When the timer goes off, STOP! Then reset the timer and start the next painting. Move the subject around, etc. if desired. Do a series of small quick oil sketches with this ten min. limit. Great practice. I'll be doing some more of this on my own in the future.
This is the brainchild of that super artist and blogger, Carol Marine.

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1 Peter 2:22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Prehistoric Gaze-Alligator

Early First Stage

Here's the painting at about 1 hour along. The board had been coated with black gesso. Then a coating of thinned acrylic pthalo blue made it even darker. I'm just figuring out the color variations and the range of values in oil at this point.
The Finished Painting

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Oil on 5x7 hardboard.

This is my contribution to the WDE at Wet Canvas...a great site for artists. The reference photo was graciously supplied by Melisa. Thank you, Melisa!

The timelessness of gators is highly intriguing. Their gaze has been cast for millions of years upon this earth...The same gaze as in this painting. I find it all amazing.

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Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
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