Friday, March 31, 2017

Red Dash

Red Dash      12" x 9"     oil on panel
This is another of my favorite references from a Basque festival,. I decided to combine more of an abstract feel in the background. I also used loose edges to help convey a sense of movement and liveliness to an otherwise still figure.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Blue Fly Shadows

Blue Fly Shadows              14" x 11"               oil
A familiar image again, but this time I did try something a little different in the process. I typically work on a light wash of cad. red or sienna in order to have a warm background to let color bounce off of. In this case I used a light gray background mixed from white and a bit of black gesso. this certainly shows up your values clearly and it was an interesting way to work. I sketched out the scene in cad red medium before beginning to lay in larger color masses. I liked the result and will definitely use the same approach again.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Backstage Details

                                     Backstage Details          oil             9" x 8"

Here's a post from a Basque Festival photo taken awhile back. I always enjoy their dancing and the whirl of red skirts. The backstage action is good too with the anticipation of performance and a lot of helping hands and emphasis on the costumes.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fenced In Hollyhocks

Fenced In Hollyhocks          10" x 8"       oil

One of my favorite subjects to paint. I really needed to turn to a favorite for this one. It continues to amaze me that after years of painting, I've learned that time away from the easel creates a kind of creative blindness when I begin again. I can still feel like a newbie at the easel if I  haven't had the opportunity to paint everyday. One of the ways I get back into the swing of things is with a comfortable favorite subject like this one. Colorful and splashy...

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Monday, March 6, 2017

'Fishing The West'

Fishing The West                      oil                    8" x 10"

This is from the Big Horn river is Montana. I've painted this fisherman before and always enjoy the shape of his cowboy hat as a focal point. He was having a good day, and I was able to catch several shots of him fishing. 
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