Archive for February, 2011

Demo #4

Can’t seem to load images on my computer to wordpress so I’m trying my iPhone app. Here’s a step by step of a 20×20 I did for my gallery in charleston. The pics are straight from the phone without cropping. Okay, that seemed to work. got a glitch in my links or something. I’ll post better shots once I get this fixed. Anyway I didn’t get a shot of the initial drawing but it was simply the basic keylines that form the angles of the roof, the lines of the dock and curves of the boat, the first pic still shows the framework in a pale brown wash. I’m working on painting these really loose so I’m using a large synthetic sable flat to goosh in the color and as the painting progresses I’ll used different brushes to fudge the edges.

The initial block in always starts with the darkest colors to establish the values and color tones, everything else gets judged by these notes. I may go back in and restate the darks or even lighten or add more color but this is the start.

More color, in the midtones mostly, establishing the larger shapes that I can later rework and subdivide.

Reworking the water a little. Water is tricky, I first establish the color of what is under the surface so that I can later come back in and put the reflected light on top, mimicking the way water works.

Everything has been established in terms of color and value and the rest is tweaking. Deciding which things need to be brighter or warmer or darker and what edges need to be softened or hardened with the goal of leading the eye around the canvas.

The water has been reworked a few times to get closer to the complicated variations of the underwater color, the surface reflections of sky and boats and stuff that sticks up here and there.

This final version shows a brightening of the sky, and final touches to the water. There’s  alot of subtle color stuff that’s lost in these pics but again as soon as I get the media link back I’ll post better shots.


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Busy busy

I’ve been pretty busy of late. It’s a full time job keeping up with the galleries, not because they are selling like crazy but because after a while, the work goes stale. People coming in time and time again and seeing the same work hanging there, well, they just lose interest. If I’m not giving them new work on a regular basis then in the eyes of the viewing public, it’s same old same old. What have you done for me lately. My gallery in Charleston, Horton Hayes, emailed me and said, hey, it’s time for new work.  I sent them a boat painting I was just working on and they said, “great!”. So I sat down, or actually stood up at the easel and did 2 30×30’s and 4 20×20’s.. still working on the last one. I’ll post that later, trying to take pics in progress for a demo post. Here’s what I did in the last 2 weeks. The emphasis here is loose and fast, it’s better that way.

and this last one, which I’m calling Harbor lights, got the last minute addition of lights to the buildings after Matthew Cornell came in and said that it might work better with the dusky nature of the light. But I did it after I shot these, I’ll take another pic later and post it.

I sent them shots from my iphone the second each one was done and ordered frames already. Whatever they don’t want will go to other galleries.

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