Saturday, February 13, 2016

One Pear

An oil sketch on 6x6 raymar panel.  Just a oil and turps wash.  Will work on this later today.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A few studies

preliminary sketches  1st one is in charcoal, the second w/c study
for possible painting.
charcoal sketch of arboretum snow
Barnes and Nobel sketch
Barnes and Nobel sketch

Today is Saturday, just got dumped on with a foot of snow.  I will stay indoors to paint . Happy painting everyone.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Studying Turner.

Made major changes, still studying Turner

Today was another day at my easel.  Studying the master is a wonderful way to learn .
I a little more work to do on this and then it's on to John Singer Sargent.  Happy Painting everyone.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Turners Palette

Sayville Marina Marsh
18x24 oil on canvas wip
my own palette 
Sayville Marina Marsh
Turner's palette
14x18 oil on canvas

So here it is February and I am in the mood to experiment.  I have become so very lazy working
on small size canvases, it is now so very challenging going bigger.  What I am very happy about is
that because of my miniature plein air pieces it is better to work from them, than a photo.
So that being said, these two painting were started  the first was yesterday, still so much to
to do on both, the second, even though they are both the Savyville Marina, I wanted to experiment using
Turners palette.   Hopefully they both will be ready for the up an coming shows.
Happy Painting everyone.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Another attempt at fracturing

Fracturing day 1 wip

It would be wonderful if I lived close to Julie Ford Oliver, so that a workshop would be an
option,  I am attempting this technique, with the aid of Julies video.  Loving the way
the strokes are broken,, I will continue this tomorrow.  Thanks Julie for sharing your
lovely technique.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Draw, Draw, Draw

So here it is January coming to an end, with a blizzard headed for Long Island.  This past week my days are spent with Mike and I going out to various stores, just to walk and get some exercise.  Of course, my problem with that is that I like to make purchases, not just browse.

Very rarely do I make purchases at our local arts and crafts stores, but had this brain storm, why not buy artificial fruit, hence the pears, a wip.  Setting them up on a table with a light, trying to see various tones.  Still a problem for me.
pears, a study in graphite. wip
a cow study, graphite
Next , it was the desire to add variety , so first it was the free photos on the internet of farm animal, because there isn't a cow in site for miles from my home.  One of my favorite themes , farm animals and country kitchen items.
a bottle and eggs, graphite

Next, a white bottle purchased from Michael's arts and craft store.  Thought of Andrew Wyeth and his wonderful drawings and paintings of the very subjects I am motivated to study .  I also purchased some cows , rabbits, and mini barn yard animals from Toy'srus.   So now it time to start my day and get crackin, like my good friend Vic would say.  I do hope everyone that is in the path of the up and coming blizzard will be safe.  Happy Painting everyone.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Barnes and Nobel Sketches

Gentleman sitting in front of me reading
Lady in plaid jacket reading
Mother waiting for her son to make up his mind
The Mystery Lady,
She was wearing a very fancy dress and winter jacket. 
Yesterday my friend Gina and I met at Barnes and Nobel book store.  We found a comfortable spot
to sketch the people reading.  A great way to practice life drawing.  I used my Rotring ArtPen and a water brush to do simple gesture sketches.  When I feel more confident I will attempt more solid drawings.  It's all about Practice, Practice, and Practice.  Did I mention it was also great fun.  We left just as the snow started.  Another delightful treat, our first snow of the year.  Happy Painting everyone.