Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Still Life-WIP continued

It may not appear so, but spent a lot of time on the eggs, the shells and the tablecloth. The changes are very delicate and subtle. I think I may have over warmed the bowl and it will need more work yet as well as the teapot and background. This will be the last post of this one before the finished painting, even this one may be a bit boring at this point. I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday as well.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pink Rose


Oil on panel 5 x 7

Still Life-WIP #3

This is about one week into this painting, now working on the subtle changes in the whites. It is important that the painting is dry as I work on these values. It is a slow process and demands a lot of patience, but hopefully in the end it will be rewarding. Using a lot of lead white, small amounts of azurite and malachite mixed into some of the shadows.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Still Life-WIP #2

Been laying in color. since this is essentially all white on white the value transitions are very subtle, as a result it is a painstakingly slow process. I tweaked the composition a bit by adding the broken egg shells to give the composition a little more balance. So far I have worked on this for five days including the initial drawing. I also have a second painting started as well. I have been using all hand ground pigments with the exception of cobalt violet, the rest of my palette is make up of pretty traditional colors. I am using lead white mixed with poppyseed oil because it really gives a close to pure white pigment.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Still Life-WIP

This is a new painting started yesterday on a good 16 x 20 canvas. Spent a good deal of time on the arrangement and finished the initial drawing. Still did some tweaking of it this morning as I was laying in color. Now I am simply trying to get the canvas covered. I will post more from this as I progress. Have made a commitment for now to paint only from life, tired of working from sketches, memory and photographs, time to get real.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dunes- Stinson Beach

Oil on linen on board 5 x 7 Plein Air

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rose #1

9 x 12 oil on board

Finally back in the studio after 10 day visit with family in San Francisco. I had started this still life before leaving and finished it today.