Friday, October 29, 2010

Garden Prince, 6x6, acrylic on wood

This little cement frog inspired me this morning at the Al Fresco paint-out. The perfect model...didn't move an inch!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Figure Studying, 6x6, acrylic on wood

This is a quick figure study I did at this morning's Sketch Club paint in. We had a model posing with a spinning wheel but I felt more inspired by the back lit figure across the studio.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brown Eyed Cutie, 6x6in, acrylic on panel

It was pouring rain this morning so I didn't go out to do a plein air in the James Bay Community Garden this morning. But I did pick this little brown eyed daisy (from out side the fence) yesterday. Didn't have a proper vase but I love wild flowers in jars.
Well, I was just dying to try my new Winsor and Newton Artist Acrylics. They claim no color shift from wet to dry. This is my finding: They don't have color shift but I find that even the opaques are more transparent than they should be. Even the cads and titanium white. Also, when I squeezed my brand new cad red a lot of pure acrylic polymer fluid came out so there was separation. This was a brand new tube of expensive paint so maybe isn't binding as good as it should.
In spite of these cons I will give the W&N a second chance because I have been so dissapointed with the color shift in my Kroma Acrylics. It is most noticeable in my landscapes. I paint a nice bright sunny day painting and then when the paint dried it looks like I was painting an overcast day because of the acrylic paint darkenning as it dries.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Boat 3, 6x6, oil on panel

Yesterday's painting. These folks were doing a work on their live-a-board. I think some more contrast would work better..even more contrast to define the figures better.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Boat, 6x6, oil on cradled panel

Another boat. I'm told that this little boat will be moored in this spot all winter. So I will get to practice painting it again.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nude Figure, 16x20, oil on canvas

This is today's effort at a life drawing afternoon with the Victoria Sketch Club. I had decided in advance to do a loose painting after Modigliani. This sitting would only be an hour and I didn't want the pressure of an attempt at realism.
When I left the Sketch Club I was decided upon wiping off the canvas when I got home to reuse it for better work. But as I was toting the painting across the parking lot my neighbor's little boy (5ish) said he really liked it. I take the opinions of children on art seriously so I'll not take the rag to it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Boat, oil on wood, 6x6

I did this little plein air knife painting today in the inner harbor. It was a gray day and I think I captured this in this little gem. This little boat has been moored there the past few days...and maybe will be there for the winter so I'll get more chances to paint it.
  I'm practicing knife painting. I like the texture and my patrons are demanding empasto.  Also, there's the bonus of not having to clean brushes. Knife painting is my new exciting challenge. If I can manage to master the technique I'll be forever content. (Maybe)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fonyo Beach 6x6 acrylic on wood

Here's yesterday's painting in acrylic. Yes, there are differences but I wasn't trying to make a replica. Nice texture and cute as a button.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fonyo Beach, 6x6, oil on wood

Fonyo beach this morning. I enjoy these miniatures with a pallet knife. I think I will do more of these. The only drawback is that oil takes forever to dry so it gets on  everything for days.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn Colors

I painted this scene from the picnic table near the little yachtsman pond on Dallas Road. The maple tree is in full autumn colors this morning.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

1543 Untitled