Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My wrestling with landscape painting.

I love landscape paintings but I’ve got this huge fear of doing badly. So to try and break this fear I started on the Birches painting.

Mary, my wife, loves the birches at the cabin at twilight. So I’m trying to capture that feeling and the colours.

The painting is rather large but I like to work big and get a kick out of covering alllll that blank wall with a large piece of art work.

So I walked in the studio yesterday morning and saw that I had gone way toooo dark with the painting. So back to the pallet where I fixed up some lighter purples and redid the background and the sky. Well this took about 5 hours to rescue this one. I think I have the background where I want it and now I have to work the birch trees to get them right.

Ah more squinting and research on line and in my art books to see how all the others have handled this issue.

Here it is so far. BTW if you click on any of my artwork pictured below they will go to a full size view and you can even save them and print them out if you wish. I will still retain any copyrights, since this will have to make me some money soon. :-)

Monday, March 29, 2010

What the heck have I been doing for a week and a half?

Well I thought that I could do more painting work in Ohio but .... it seems that my niece got strep throat and that was that for a couple of days. Then I drove home 5 hours and collapsed for the weekend. Getting up at 6 AM and dealing with teenagers is a lot harder than I remember.

But I did get this far on my second car painting. Still does not seem right so I have put it to the side till I can get an idea on what to do with it. Once again Sterling Moss only this time driving a Maserati 250F in Belgium.

So after that I got my dark room together and worked on getting things going. Had some fun but no success I want to share yet. So I started to finish off my Birches Painting. Its about 44 by 35 inches and here is a starting picture.

After working on it on and off all day. I took this picture but the flash overwhelms it a bit. I will take a better picture with the sun tomorrow and post.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More new work.

Here is a painting that I finished yesterday of Sterling Moss driving a Lotus at the Italian Grand Prix 1961. I should have an other done today.

The race was marked by one of the most terrible accidents in the history of Formula One, when on the end of lap 2 at the approach to the Parabolica the German driver Wolfgang Von Trips lost control of his Ferrari and crashed against a stand full of spectators, killing 14[1] and dying himself. The race was not stopped, allegedly to assist the rescue work for the injured.

Comments as always are welcome.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

6X6 Entries in!

Here are the 8 6X6 pieces of art that I have handed in. This should be a fun show.

This is the first time that I have used acrylic paint since high school. Drys realllllllll quick and I had to learn some new tricks but I got better with time. Now to move up in size.

ABOUT 6x6x2010:

6x6x2010 is the third exhibition of thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, youths and YOU. Each artwork will be 6x6 inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All artworks will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Artists' names will be revealed to the buyer only upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Don't miss Rochester's largest exhibition, and a chance to show your artwork in great company and support Rochester's downtown contemporary art venue. All submissions are due by May 2 at 5 pm and should be delivered or mailed directly to Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

Masked Man
Strange Baby
Queen Bess
Pope Cheney
Pope Leno
Fall Maple
Lake View
Birches Study