Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's day

So today is father's day...been hanging out with my dad, fixing stuff around the house, eating good food, joking around, etc. At one point during the day, he joked that I should paint him while reading the paper outside. So i took him up on it :)

I have to finish a lot of the landscape around him, so I'll probably do that tomorrow. I'll see if I can get him to sit briefly again, since I made his forearm extremely long....if not, I might be able to correct it from memory.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Plein air by the sea pt.2

Well, I finally got around to working on the Pier Cafe painting. It's been about 8 hours so far, I managed to kinda mangle up the water, but I'll fix it next time around. Mainly worked on the rocks and straightening the damn building out. Also, some shots of my setup out there :)


I was looking through my sketchbook and found the original drawing that sparked my interest in this scene and my composition sketches

Saturday, June 13, 2009

self portrait study

A relatively quick study in front of the mirror.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plein air by the sea

So, last night I spent an ungodly amount of time patiently cleaning my palette, brushes, and other painting paraphernalia, and today I ventured out into the unknown, looking for something to paint....

Ok, so my journey was actually a lot less mysterious than that, the Pier Cafe had already caught my eye since last week. In any case, I set up today at 7 am, 24 x 36 canvas in hand, hoping for the best. Below is what I had by 11 am. What I'm trying to do with this painting, is really come up with a "picture", not just a study. I'm trying to come up with a good composition, good shape design, etc. In sum, something that is beautiful and well least....that's the goal. For this I'm trying to apply all the stuff that Will exposed me to, but that I've been too hardheaded to actually get.

For inspiration, I'm looking to Levitan and Cornwell, two of my artistic gods. This should be done within two more sessions....maybe even one if the overcast weather continues....need to actually work on the lopsided building, since I mostly worked on the water today.