Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reclining figure study

I painted this a couple of weeks ago with our small but faithful figure painting group here at Disney.

11" x 14" oil on linen (detail)
Fechin and Leyendecker sketches...

I had a chance several weeks ago to visit the J.C. Leyendecker exhibit at the Fullerton Museum of Art. I was so impressed. That level of drawing skill is rare! I did a couple of sketches there at the museum. The large sketch is from a Fechin book I have.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Burbank alley - Equestrian Distrct

Painted this one with painting pals James 'monkey boy' Martin and William 'dirty beauty' Wray!

10" x 8 " oil on linen (detail)
Head Study

A group of us at Disney get together and paint from the model every other week. Here's one from a few sessions ago. I'm concentrating on the drawing more.

16" x 12" oil on linen (detail)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Gouache dog studies...

These are on Arches Cold Pressed paper
They are about life sized when exanded.

Still getting to know the medium. The Scottie is such a cool shape to work with...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Cambria Coast

I painted this one in the studio. I think this is starting to look more like my oils. I'm trying to treat the gouache paint like oils... picking up piles of paint instead of all washes. The hardest thing to get used to is the values changing as the paint dries.

5" x 7" gouache on paper

Psa 89:9 You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.
I did these two small sketches Saturday morning. I was about 95 degrees by the time I finished the second one... at 11 a.m.!
gouache on paper
3" x 4.5"

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Nathan Fowkes' gouache studies inspired me to give them a try... you can find his blog in my links section - well worth your time I'd say!

Psa 103:15-17 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children..."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

These two sketches were done on location in Sonora, CA during the annual "Gold Country Plein Air" show...

Merced River
8" x 10" oil on linen

It was explained to me that this is the carcass of a very famous choo choo.
"The Canonball Express"
8" x 10" oil on linen

Friday, July 06, 2007

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Late night snack... I wonder if the diet I've been on lately is contributing to my choice of subjects? Hmmmm....
10" x 8" oil on linen


Thursday, May 31, 2007

I was in the kitchen again the other night. I was thinking... "should I eat the cookies or paint the cookies?"

10" x 8" oil on linen


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sorry about the long down-time. I had a plein air trip to Sonora and my digital camera was having fits!

on the burner....

10" x 8" oil on linen

Friday, March 23, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Around my house nothing is safe from the fury of my brush!

oil on linen 10" x 8"
I was painting outdoors one day near Kanan Dune Rd. in Malibu when this group of actors in period dress shows up. They set up a tent and tables, threw down some blankets, and proceeded to act as though they were from that era. It was fun to watch! That's L.A. for you...

oil on linen 10" x 8"

I've let way too much time go by without posting anything new...

Here is some of what I've been up to. I've found that with still lifes I feel a little more free to experiment with technique. I look for interesting contrasts in color or maybe surface qualities... Another plus with still lifes is that I can be inside the house and painting among my family as opposed to being locked away in the studio. Other times - the focus of the studio is just what the doctor ordered.

oil on linen 10" x 8"

oil on linen 8" x 10"