Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Figure painting update:6/27/9

Some oils from a morning session:
I don't enjoy being the only
oil painter there :(

Plein Air update:6/26/9

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Plein Air update:6/24/9 10a.m.

Here is my one hour painting from this morning:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Life drawing update 6/22/9

I did enjoy drawing these but it's very frustrating
not having achieved a likeness at least once:/

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Yesterday evening I felt as if I had to paint;
so I walked to the greenbelt near my home and
found an interesting batch of trees that were
showing some pleasent temperatures in their tree
tops. Before I had begun painting I decided
to focus on temperature relationships, but as I
started studying the two trees before me something
hit me; or shall I say, dawned on me. Perhaps
Kautzky can explain what I observed better than
I can:
"Remember that limbs and branches passing in front
of dark areas should be left white where they catch
the light or gray where you want them to show up
in shadow. Against the light sky they should show up
as clean dark strokes, their values varying with
light conditions. It is these many contrasts which
give the sparkle to your drawing and fill it with

Funny how I had heard about this concept before,
yet hadn't known how to use it until I discovered
it for myself.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


A painting from this morning:

Friday, June 19, 2009

Late night sketch

Some pencil fun before bed:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Plein Air updates: 6/18/9

Here is my most recent outdoor painting, which I had started
at around 6p.m. yesterday, and completed an hour later:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Life Drawing update: 6/16/9

Not much to say; just trying to push myself to work faster and better:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

On the rocks...

Well, here is a painting that I created last evening
at around 6:30 p.m. I had not even worked on it for
more than 30mins when the sun became blocked by oncoming
cloud cover. It was frustrating not being able to see
the beautiful warms and cools at there best, when the sun
was shining. It was a good thing that I had already painted
the big information, so I was still able to keep on painting
with my "paint notes". Anways, I finished up an hour later.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Plein Air updates:6/5/9

Here are two paintings I created last week.
I enjoy painting in the evening as the sun is
setting. This forces me to paint fast and work
on the big picture.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

Pencils:Outdoor compositions

Recently, I have been starting a new excercise
in which I give myself 30mintues to create an
interesting composition with the information
I've been given. I will be doing one of these
a day. I find it to be a bit relaxing knowing that
I only have 30 minutes to create it.
So, here are two that I've created from the woods
nearby my home: