Wednesday, December 2, 2020

NOAPS Virtual Paint Out

 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society


sent out an invitation to join in their Virtual Paint Out, from photos.

I thought it sounded like fun, so I signed up.

We had to work from their photos, most of which I didn't really like but one appealed to me.

Oh and we had to send in process shots, so I'll share those along with my painting.

Thanks for following along:)

Step one

Step two

No Parking 



Here is the photo reference, I cropped for a square:)

Friday, November 20, 2020

Bruce Bingham Where's You Hat?

After I posted by last process of painting blog, I have time to reflect on the painting and look at it with fresh eyes.

A couple of things bothered me so I changed them.

Problem solved:)

Bruce Bingham

Oil 9x 12

Where's Your Hat?

Before above


I feel betta now.




Friday, October 30, 2020

Where's Your Hat?

Since covid has kept us penned up, I was feeling nostalgic about places I've enjoyed going to paint. I started looking through photos and ran across one I took at the Silver Spur Ranch in Bandera,Tx. where I went to paint with Nancy Tankersley.

This was alot of fun to paint and I decided to take photos along the way. I love to see before and after  makeovers of houses, rooms, people and paintings. I hope you enjoy this progression of

Where's Your Hat?

Step one

Step two

Step three

Step four

Where's Your Hat?

9 x 12 oil

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What are friends for?

My painting pal, Robin Cheers, is doing a video for Liledahl Videos.
She asked me along for moral support and I gladly accepted!
Friends make our lives so much more interesting and give us more experiences than 
we would ever have on our own.

I met her at the studio earlier this week and found it so interesting I thought I'd blog about it.
The studio is tricked out with the same cameras they use on network TV and movie sets.
Also it's sound proofed and they have 4 cameras running at once.
One on the palette, one on the artwork, and two on Robin.

First, she did a really cool water based sketching technique with graphite
and water pens to help her determine her composition.
You can take it anywhere with you too!

Meet Scott and Trevor the guys who make everything perfect.

Then she started on a white canvas:

and shared her way of simplifying and blocking in.
Also her special way of mixing and applying color.
I was super inspired and know it's going to be a great video.

So if you want to keep your brushwork loose and unique
look for this video when it's released in June.
Well done Robin!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Canada's Triple Crown

The sun came out again for us on the last day and we had that 
unusual combo of fall color and snow.

Triple Crown

I took out my last 9x12 panel after the first painting,
divided it in half and did some quick value studies of
the same scene using different colors.

I know this sounds odd because so many painters go out
and work on color studies that match the scene, but all I
think about is value and pushing colors to match 
my own vision, mood, or sense of harmony.
In fact I make an effort to not be influenced by local color,
like a green tree for example.
I'm more of an impressionist than a tonalist because it's
what I enjoy the most.
There is no right or wrong here.

These each took about 20 minutes and it's a great way to 
clean up your palette after a painting trip!

Thanks for following along.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Canada, Seeing Double!

The thing about painting trips is that it stretches you as an artists.
It forces you out of your comfort zone and to look at things with fresh eyes.
It also made me choose a subject that I wouldn't normally paint.

Canadian Vista View
12 x 12

I usually go for structure over pure landscapes and definitely
not vistas.  It's a personal preference but partially because 
I feel like these views are so majestic I'm not sure I can convey that feeling.
But this is where my friends landed so I gave it a whirl.
I can really see why people get into painting mountains.

Funny thing, below is my friend, Mary Burkhardt's painting next to mine.
Even though the interpretations are very different it almost looks like the 
same painting extended!

Seeing Double

Thanks for following along!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Banff Vermilion Lake

We drove to Banff one chilly morning and painted with a group at
Vermilion Lake.
A beautiful place with foggy moody weather,
and a variety of ducks and geese.
12 x 12

Afterwards we were feeling tired and hungry so went to the Fairmont Hotel in Banff
and had a wonderful late lunch in the Rundle Room with a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Rundle.

Did I mention we were feeling a little lazy and cold so decided to splurge and leave our car at the valet.
We didn't think twice about it till we came out after an hour to pay and the attendant asked us for 40$.
More than lunch!!!LOL 
Yeah, I know.

Thanks for following along:)