Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Great News!

16 x 20"
oil on canvas
One of my professors suggested that I enter my portfolio for review for a scholarship based on talent not need. The suggestion alone was extremely flattering. Seriously, I thought I was in trouble when she called me out of class and into the hall. The faculty that reviewed the portfolios wanted to see what you had created while you had been at the university. My portfolio consisted of black and white photos, two sculptures of a seated figure, drawings, the painting shown above and several small paintings. 
I was awarded a very substantial scholarship! This painting and my extra large pen and ink drawing will hang in the Scholarship Show. One of those pieces will hang in the College of Liberal Arts office during the next academic year. 
It just goes to prove that you don't know what you can accomplish if you don't try! My art may of never earned me this much money if I had not been brave enough to go back to college at my age. Yes, I was extremely nervous about the entire process. But, I am learning so much and loving just about every minute of earning my Bachelors of Fine Art.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Selfie, Old School

11 x 15"
pen and ink on paper
Most of you know that I am pursuing my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In my Drawing II class, our homework assignment for yesterday was to draw a self portrait with pen and ink. The drawing had to be from life. All of our work (drawing, painting, and sculpting) is from life. The assignment was to draw a self portrait with clearly defined facets and planes. I thoroughly enjoyed the assignment because it was quick and had dramatic results. But, because you got quick results and you could not erase the ink, it took me three attempts. The first time, my value got way too dark on my lips. The second time the whole side of my face got too dark. Take a look for yourself.
3rd                    2nd                     1st
They are in reverse order. The one of the left was done last. That is the one that I handed in for my homework. I find it interesting how different they all look. I see myself in all of them but sure wish I could combine the good parts of all three.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shipping and Handling

Today, Max will demonstrate how our shipping and handling department operates. 
Step 1: Choose the proper box for the painting(s)

Step 2: Double check dimensions

Step 3: Inspect interior of box (not sure why, we just like to)
Step 4: Inspect the gift wrapping

Step 5: Slide the painting in the box

Step 6: Allow coworker to assist

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Canadian Colors
16 x 20"
oil on panel
I picked out my greenest painting to remind you to wear green today. Don't want any of you getting pinched all day long. Do we?

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Girl and Her Dog - Edited

8 x 10"
oil on panel
I posted version one this painting on Feb 25th but was not completely satisfied with the grass, especially in the background (top of the painting). So I used my "artistic license" and changed things up a bit. I added some variety to the grass, covered up a little bit more of the under painting, and used a less saturated color along the top of the painting. The grass has better aerial perspective now. Don't you think? Click here to compare.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Cool Colors

6 x 6"
oil on panel
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My palette knife has been having some fun recently. It had so much fun painting the 16 x 20" version of this scene, it decided to paint a more portable version. I have to say that the quick clean up after painting with only a palette knife makes me very envious of my palette knife only friends. All you have to do is wipe it clean. No brushes to clean and wash. They've got it good.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Snow Glow

6 x 6"
oil on panel
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This was the view out our living room window a couple weeks ago. All of the houses in our neighborhood are around 80 years old and the original street lights are still working. I was really attracted to the early morning light enhanced by the street light and the shadows.
On a side note, the online studio Daily Paintworks posted an interview with me on their blog. Click here to see the interview complete with photographs. Click here to see my Daily Paintworks gallery.
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