Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Second Wash Layer


I laid on this yellow wash today. Mostly turpentine with a little medium. I got out all the sketches from my time on location.
 Gouache on Paper
18" x 24"

This will be the left side of the painting.

First Paint


After 3 months of sketching and thinking about it, I finally have paint on the canvas.
Today I will add the next layer and post.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Flying In for It"

Oil on Canvas 
36" x 36"

I was given the book "Crow Planet" by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. It was a wonderful book and really suited me. I am not a scientist and really only an amateur naturalist. I have lived close to crows my whole life and that is no big deal, since it is they that choose to live near us. When I lived in Illinois, they were an integral part of the landscape. Here in Upstate NY, they are in my yard!
So I decided to feed them. I had a regular stock of fat field mice that got caught in the basement of my farm house and slowly (two years) I gained their trust.
I can now whistle them in for a tasty varmint. Here is one now, but always with a guard!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Smithfield Valley Memory


Smithfield Valley Memory
72" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas


Above are two paintings, the first on the left is actually the sketch for the second. I needed to do a full size sketch because it was intended as a possible commission and needed to be seen in the proposed space. I am happy with it and the commission was granted, but the canvas and stretcher quality was questionable, so I decided to do it over again. Here is the under-painting next to the sketch.
My finished painting, at the top, is a recollection and not from life.
I particularly like the visual activity on the sides of our roads and the movement of the eye from close to far and back again. The completed painting is all from a combination of visual memories, and a small amount of photo reference, all to support the feeling, more then to document the scene