en Plein Air Portrait, 10 x 8", oil on linen panel
So the afternoon started off innocently enough. I decided to paint outside (en plein air) from nature. I took the easy route and stayed on my back deck over looking the Arkansas river and hills. My painting was a bust so I wiped it off. Then, I noticed my reflection in the window that was behind me during that ill fated landscape attempt. So I did what any good artist does, I turned around and tried another view. By this time of day, I was standing in complete shade but the sky was bright blue so I did have some nice subtle lighting.
close up of my loose brush strokes, my favorite kind but not always easy to obtain
This sweet West Highland Terrier is hoping to find his true love at Salida Art Walk 2015. He'll be hanging out at Gone to the Dogs June 26-28. Just to make sure there is no confusion, the actual dog has a loving owner that takes him to Gone to the Dogs for grooming. The painting will be looking for love!
This painting will be included in my new artwork for sale at Gone to the Dogs during Salida Art Walk 2015. Gone to the Dogs offers numerous services including bathing and grooming. This chap is in the bathtub enjoying his spa treatment. Salida Art Walk is June 26-28, 2015 in Salida, Colorado.
This little guy is headed to the 23rd annual Salida Art Walk. You can see him in a new series of paintings that I am creating just for my friends at Gone to the Dogs and all of you that visit the store's Salida location during Art Walk, June 26-28, 2015. I am sure that he'd love to follow you home!
I made a resolution to draw everyday in 2015. So far, so good. I have not missed a day. The purpose of the resolution was to improve my drawing skills with practice. Even thou I don't start a painting with graphite or charcoal, I find drawing to be the foundation of a solid representational painting. Above are three collages of my most available and favorite subjects. Each drawing was completed in ten to twenty minutes. I'd love to hear about your 2015 resolutions!
My homework is complete! For those of you not following along, my Advanced Painting (BFA program) instructor tasked our class with transcribing a masterwork. We could tackle it any way we wanted. I choose to enlarge it and paint it in 1.5" squares, using no more than 2 colors per square and not using the same color in squares that touch. My transcription is based on Han's Memling's "Adoration of the Magi."