Sunday, July 19, 2009

les poissons et autres choses

By popular demand, here's a shot of the fish still life. I didn't quite finish it last night, since the fish started to smell and I was all it was maybe 4 or 5 hours of work...maybe less. I'm not thrilled about the result because I sorta got myself into a mess towards the end....but painting fish is a one-shot deal and I actually did learn quite a bit from doing this. I think the color/value was ok in this one, though the drawing is not as good as I would have liked and the paint got wayy overworked in some areas. Better luck next time!! Anyway, will post a better picture of the painting itself later in the day.

Also, I finally finished that painting of the Pier Cafe at Seaport.

PS. This post title is about the last time I will ever use my high school french

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

old master studies

Haven't been doing too much of this lately, but I really need to improve all aspects of my drawing, so here we go :) Learned some cool stuff about modeling form in the shadows and making them transparent, and also about preserving lightness of touch.

I've been dissecting my Cornwell book as well, and did a number of composition studies and one color copy in oil, which I'll post soon. I also bought a pastel set, which should arrive in the next week or so. I'm really excited about it, because it's less messy and (to me) feels more informal than oil painting. I figure I'll have more time to work on values, edges, color and drawing without some of the extra baggage. Will post more soon.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

new outdoor study

Here's another sketch I started today. The handling is inspired by all the Cornwells I was studying today. I'm trying to get a greater feeling of light in here. Hopefully I'll finish this one tomorrow.