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Monday, August 14, 2017

Addendum to Addendum

Uploading the next in the series...short blurb: what grabs me here is the initial bottle outline: see if you can't see the dioxazine purple / black outline of the bottle. Basically just a rough silhouette. After that was laid down (and this over the pencil -- ha! if I even did a pencil outline!) Quite frankly I think just laid down the paint silhouette on this batch and painted in the other colors from there.

And just for fun, see if you cant see little blazes of orange undercoat coming through the mostly dominant blue of this painting.

Anyway, here's wine bottle # 6 from 21 July ( sealed in UV proof acrylic varnish) , which gives these acrylics a oil paint sheen. Talk soon! Observe: 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Addendum to yesterday's post

1) I couldn't get the dang picture to show up right side up yesterday. Actually I painted it  laying on my side. Amazing how the paints didn't run. Amazing. Cheers for Golden paints! :-) 

2) This was posted this AM at daily paintworks )

Most all these paintings will be for sale (as long as they're not already sold)  as SOON as I figure out how to use the buying function. Cheers! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Painting in Batches

August 10 2017 - Painting in Batches

OK! Its been so long! Two years+ of more interruptions than you can shake a wet brush at. BUT, I'm back. #!$%#$%. Sorry about the verbiage. Here's the program:  Batch painting. 

Recipe: Divide up an 18 by 24 inch Arches cold pressed 140 # sheet of watercolor paper in to 6 x 9 sections. Makes 8 paintings (that's cart before makes eight 6x9 rectangles). But before you divide it up, drop on a large pool of white gesso. Take a cardboard with a strong edge, butter knife that glob of gesso all over the paper. Forget about making it even. The more texture, the better. (See Bob Burridge for mastering this :-)

THEN toss down in this case Golden pyrrole Orange ( as in pyro, as in pyromaniac), or any color you like as an undercoating. Take a wet handiwipe crumpled up, and spread that beautiful orange all over.

Let dry. Pencil in bottle outlines, a horizon line or table edge. Pick your color scheme. Pick the direction of your light, accentuate the shadow areas. loosely lay down basic colors shapes, ( shadows highlights). Let dry. Repeat. 

In this second layer of painting  (and in the first for that matter) remember: your paint brush has two painting ends. You can gouge awesome little spontaneous marks  / scratches into your paper: what will show through is that awesome orange or any other color you but down first. Sweet. let it dry. 

Go play your guitar, piano, go for a walk, eat...return and let it strike you what these 8 individual paintings need: apply it. Seems close to finishing? Stop. Consider it done. Time for the next 8. That's one branch of the program here  folks :-) Here's what you get: 

acrylic bottles

Monday, June 27, 2016

Outback 1 and 2 

​Getting a feel for the  grab bag of John Lovett's techniques, really trying to carry the eye up to the focus with light washes, scratchy charcoal lines with ink coming together with the strongest contrast between lights and darks and between complementary colors. Suggestions only of ravines, fences, sagebrush, keep the imagination engaged. The flat blue gouache of the sky nicely sets off the orange and red roofs. And promotes a little of that dry, desert feeling of the Australian outback.

I tried a white roof in the Outback 2 to connect a little more of the lower part of the picture whiteness with the upper, and with a small rectangle of white gesso as well: keeps the imagination guessing what this might be. Proportion is minimized in both paintings. (The blue margin of the sky and the lower left hand shadow  in outback 2 is somewhat distorted by the photographic technique - the lower left corner is actually very white in Outback 2.) Dimensions listed are of the outer edge of the Arches 140 cold pressed paper. 

Again, to those who might be interested, these WILL be FOR SALE very soon :-) 

Outback 1 

Outback 2

See ya'll soon!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Farmers Market

Old trucks! Everyone paints em :-) Wanted to take it out of the typical sunk-in-the-mud-off-in-the-field setting. Give it a Joe Sbukvic styled cityscape where you tip the paper up as you let the background pigment flow down the paper taking it's own pathway down. Add a few marks that might pass for balconies, a little white gesso that might pass for windows ands spread a little more interest into the upper right side of the picture. For me it was my first attempt at this type of background: and it really works! And it wasn't that hard. Very gratifying. Will incorporate this more.

And like the other postings, this WILL be for sale soon! Again, as will all the other paintings you see in this blog. I finally spent the time to get the Pay-pal stuff working....and I think it is :-) 

I'll be getting much more consistent in getting paintings up. Just watch ;-) 



Farmers Market

Monday, May 2, 2016

Groovy Flower Pot #3

​In the process of uploading the entire series of a dozen (maybe more -- I forget :-). Dividing up the paper  -- Arches 140 lb cold pressed -- into equal sections and pretty much painting them all at the same time. I find this way I don't get hung up on getting one "just right". I love bright colors (because well, I have trouble seeing close shades) I also enjoy getting a feeling of 3 dimensions. I waste less paint this way too. This is acrylic, 6 x 18 inches, unframed with collage, on 140 cold pressed Arches paper that's gessoed and primed before any painting begins. 

Each picture seems to have a "sweet spot" for pasting in black and white collage pieces. I make those up in a draw program or just Photoshop and print them out on the home printer in B and W. Keeping a true black in the picture also ensures a range of tones. Without a true black the picture can get a little weak. Need that contrast :-) Anyway, see the previous couple blogs for more notes on these. (ie the "Groovy Flower Pot series".) Till next time! 

Groovy Flower Pot #3
6 x 18 inches

And here's what's coming: the "Disco Dancer Series". I love figure drawing and the same way the Groovy Flower Pot series was painted, I painted these. Here's a preview. PS these are all 6 x 9 inches and I'm testing out an new color scheme. (I stumbled on the green and for me, it really worked. ) 

Preview of "Disco Dancers"

Again, these are marked "Not For Sale", but that's temporary until I get the software setup....right now I'd rather just paint :-).  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Groovy Flower Pot #2

Groovy Flower Pot #2

Quick note again: All these paintings WILL be for sale as soon as I get this software / Paypal set up and mastered - and of course a battery of paintings up :-) 

I actually am doing these in a series: start with 18 x 24 inch Arches #140 lb cold pressed water color paper, gesso it, let it dry. Once dry slap on and loosely spread Pyrrole orange. let dry. Divide paper evenly into 4 parts vertically (narrow and tall). Loosely paint an outline usually in white gesso, layer on small collage pieces. Follow a working color combination, work all 4 paintings at a time ( in fact I had two sheets of arches with 4 paintings each going at at time here). THEN, negative paint until we got a ...Groovy Flower Pot :-)

I follow the Burridge motto of "try to make something I've never seem before". So even though they're all similar, they'll all be very you'll see if you're following here. My favorite part of doing this painting is throwing on the watered down gesso at the very end. (final layer.)

Also must say even though these are loose, it's not at the expense of relying on developed drawing skills: look at the imagined vanishing point both at the ellipse at the top and at the base. (speaking of drawing, you might pick up some skills ay another of my websites here: )

till next time!