Saturday, July 01, 2017

Pencils First

Long before I started painting, I drew and drew and drew a lot. And after I started painting, I got into the habit of drawing first, to work out quickly what I wanted to paint. I have long admired the drawings of Ted Kautzky and Paul Calle. They both had a great technique of cross-hatching pencil strokes. More like ink drawings than softly blended pencil. It has been a long time since I did final work with just graphite. So I assigned myself a project to do a series. I think they turned out well. So I made a web page so you can see them! (This also gave me a chance to keep my front-end web skills sharp.)

I hope you like them!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Still here! Painting Fences.

Time slips away. I have been working, really. I've been doing a lot of studying, coding, and writing this year. And so I have neglected showing new pictures.

In my flat files I found a really old pad of watercolor paper. I inherited it from an old friend. It has an odd, artificial, cold-press pattern. The actual surface is very hard, almost like bristol. The pad had eight sheets in it. Instead of letting it collect even more dust, I decided to make a painting on each sheet. Despite the odd texture, it worked pretty well!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Interesting Jobs That I Don't Think Are Real

As far as I know, no one gets paid to mine apples for gold, silver, or any other precious metals or stones. Maybe he is looking for worms. Or seeds... Yes, seeds, that makes sense.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Making a lot of pictures, then showing them to you!

I mentioned recently my personal project of using up extra paint and paper. The first few were made with pink and black paint. I ran out of pink, but wanted to keep sketching and painting. And I wanted to finish my pad of paper, so I made a lot more.

Here is a page I put together to show the results of my labor. It was fun to do them. I hope you like looking at them!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Scraps of Paper, Extra Paint

Last year I did a painting for my granddaughter's room. I ended up with a lot of unused pink paint. So I found an old, unused sketch book and did some quick, silly pictures. (I still had my granddaughter in mind.)

Soon I was out of paint, but I still had many pages left in the sketchbook. I gave myself a new assignment. Fill all the pages of the sketchbook with quick illustrations of whatever was in my head.

Using old acrylic paint collected through the years, I set out a limited number of odd colors and worked until the color on the palette was gone. It took a few sessions, but soon the pages were filled.

Here are a couple more from the first batch, using pink and black paint. You can see a lot of them on this page.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Almost Christmas

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Supply truck

It's good to take pride in your work.