Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I thought it would be funny to show the progression I go through when doing an oil painting. So, this is the progression of a painting of my friend and fellow Rabbit Advocate Kem Sypher. Though Snowflake is no long on this earth Kem, a photographer extraordinaire, has many photos of her which he has shared with me. I always start out with a canvas toned with burnt Sienna, either oil or acrylic, it doesn't matter at this stage. This canvas was toned with oil burnt sienna. Then I layout the subject matter in the Bistre style (no that isn't a typo). You can look that up on Google; basically it is painting in one color using the wipe out method to achieve the under painting. I don't move on to color until I have the layout perfect. This saves a lot of time when I start painting with color. Also, I don't have to go back in and change any compositional mistakes if I paint the under painting is Bistre. Once the under painting is exactly the way I want it I start laying in color. My darks are painted thinly and the lights are painted very thick. The painting goes very fast this way. The first afternoon I laid out the composition (Bistre). The next day the under painting was dry enough to start laying in color. It only took another afternoon to paint the rabbit and the apple. Now, I had to let that dry to paint the crate. Here you can see the progression of the painting. It isn't finished yet. I'll add the final photos of the painting as I complete the next stages. Oops! The last photo should be the first photo, showing how I start the layout. More to come.....
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This is a tribute to Fuzzy & Wuzzy, aka The Aliens, Kem Sypher's two rescued Jersey Woolies. Kem took them home from the shelter as babies July 27, 2003 to foster as they were too young to spay and neuter. They never went back. Both Fuzz and Wuzz have past over the rainbow bridge.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
I would like to invite you to the Arts Council of Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. This year is the 17th annual Chronicle Exhibit. I am one of 50 participating artists invited to show work at the Chronicle Exhibit. This years theme is THEN & NOW. It is an exhibition exploring the nature of artists' working relationships, collaboration and mentor-ship. Thomas Kenneth Conway, a past show winner, invited me to collaborate with him on a painting theme. Together we chose to paint a recipe. We selected GUACAMOLE as our theme. Tom and I have not seen each others paintings. We chose to be surprised opening night of the show, June 21st. I will be at the show from 6pm to 9pm if you would like to join me. Here is my entry into the show. "Guacamole", oil, 13"x31". $1500
Friday, April 5, 2013
This is my entry into Gamblin's Torrit Gray 2013 contest. www.gamblincolors.com The rules limit the paint to Torrit Gray, Black and White. That is why it looks like a black and white photo. I have included the step by step painting process. This painting took about 3 hours to complete. To see last year's entries go to... http://www.gamblincolors.com/contest-2012/gallery.php
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The background is in and the painting is finished. I've called this painting Circumspect because that describes just one of the many attributes of rabbits. They are very thoughtful animals. I have two shows I am painting for so expect lots of rabbit paintings in the future. The two shows are 'Local 14' which is in October 3rd to 6th, 2013 at The World Forestry Center and The Celebration of Creativity 2014 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
I am doing a demonstration at Oregon Society of Artist this evening showing my process for painting a rabbit. I will show here some steps in the process. I will add photos as the painting progresses. Here is the start of a Dutch rabbit. I always tone my canvas with either burnt Sienna or a soft neutral gray green. Then I draw in the outline of my subject. This I do with burnt sienna or purple. I never use pencil, ink or charcoal for the drawing as it will dirty the paint. Always, always use a brush and paint for the drawing. Since I paint rabbits from photos, never real life, I lay in a grid to get the placement right. It is impossible for me to paint a rabbit from life as they just won't sit still.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Join me and 13 other OSA artists at an all OSA show at Signature D Gallery at 333 NW 9th, Portland. The gallery is in the Elizabeth Loft Condo building. My painting, Long Winter Shadows, will be at the show. $1200.