Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Cooling Her Heels"

4 x 12"
oil on masonite

I'm noticeably having fun with the blues and turquoises of the ocean and painted this loose one today.  From the ocean at Hilton Head Island.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Keeper of the Lures"

5 x 5"
oil on panel

A loose, painterly study of a woman keeping watch over the tackle box - from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Figure 1"

5 x 7"
oil on panel

I absolutely love figure drawing and miss going to sessions with models - it's been years.  There are a couple of websites that provide figures in multitudes of poses, with clothes and without - it's a great means to practicing painting or drawing the human body.   Charley Parker has a good article about this on Lines & Colors if you're interested.  This study was done from one of the poses on this site - which is free for artists and survives on donations.  It's good exercise, I'd highly recommend it.

I don't have a clever title, I thought I'd do more in the future, starting with this new piece. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

"Pro Tractor"

6 x 6"
oil on panel

What I was dazzled with out west was the expansive views - seeing forever - noticing how color and tones define distance.  It's a whole other learning curve for me.   I tell you, if I lived in California, I'd be taking long drives all the time - out to nowheresville and back with my camera.  It's inspiring.  

This new painting is from southern California where the berry farms make the landscape look like patterned fabric.  I felt a little Van Gogh-ish with the brush, lots of pleasure doing this piece.