Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I Completed This In One Day

I started this landscape today and I finished it today. Hooray!! When I do these landscapes I really have to walk away from them often. Sometimes they don't look right and I end up over working them. I kind of over worked the cabin a bit. I hadn't created a cabin in awhile. Its not great but its getting there.

I really like the bushes in the background. The technique used to create them was really easy, but I think the bush in the front is so much better. Especially the way I did the highlights. I really got it going there. I really love this painting.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I Finally Painted A Nice Mountain

I just finished this new painting using the Bob Ross method. I'm still having issues with the fan brush, but I will conquer it. My pine trees will look better soon. I've finally created some good mountains. There aren't any high peaks this time, but next time there will be.

I feel really good about this painting. Its different just working with limited brushes and palette. I'm used to a variety of sizes. I'm not giving up though. I saw this little 10 year old boy painting a landscape using the same method. His picture was great. If he can learn how to do it, so can I. I've always painted portraits and I'm pretty good at it; but now is the time to show my love of landscapes. I will keep painting until I succeed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Still Life- Apple

Well, this is my first colored pencil drawing in some years. I was really nervous about this because I haven't picked up my colored pencils in a very long time. The thing about colored pencils is you have to layer the colors on top of each other. This is not a quick process. It takes time but its time worth taking. 10-15 pencils were to create this piece. I guess I could have used less but it just wouldn't have given me the best look. And I really do think the piece looks good to sell.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Nude Male

I really like this pastel portrait. I used cool and warm colors for the skin. For the shadows, I used a dark plum pastel and shades of black and brown. For the highlights, I used different shades of yellows and orange. I struggled somewhat with the lips because there is hints of purple. Its amazing when you look really close at someone's skin you see so many different colors emerging through the skin. That is what I wanted to show. If I saw shades of orange or plum, then I put it in. What I saw is what I painted. Feedback is welcome.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alora- Black/White Charcoal on Lime Green Background

I just finished this second portrait of my niece Alora and I must say, "Its HOT!!!" I originally started this in white charcoal. I added the black charcoal when I realized the shading of the face was too ghost like. The background color wasn't dark enough. For this portrait, I just had my niece stand against a wall and look at me. She just had this expression of uncertainty on her. Maybe I captured it, maybe I didn't. Anyway, I love it. All feedback is welcome.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Alora- White Charcoal on Dark Blue Background

This is my first time using white charcoal and I LOVE IT!!! The portrait is of my niece and I must say she looks good. Or my picture looks good. Anyway, I really had to think through this piece because of the white charcoal. I wanted to keep the whites white. So anything that was black or shades of brown I had to find the correct value range and it was not easy. This was a challenge but I conquered it. This piece will definitely be entered in an art contest. Feedback is welcome.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

On Holiday

Yes, I'm on holiday. So nothing will be posted for awhile. Happy Thanksgiving.