Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Preview of Lessons in Classical Drawing - Juliette Aristides

A few months ago I posted a small blurb on the new book by Juliette Aristides coming out in November - Lessons in Classical Drawing.  Well, I just found this little video preview of the DVD that is included with the book, and I am more excited than ever.  Classical art lovers, and fans of Aristides... check this out!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Still Life progression

This is something I've been wanting to do for a while... it's just taken me, well, a while.  I was more than a little reluctant to even finish this painting, let alone document its progression.  But now that it is finally done, here is a pictorial step-by-step-ish progression of this still life.  Enjoy!

Preliminary underpainting.

Underpainting, 2nd layer.

Base colors and revisions.

2nd color layers and glazing.

Final painting.
Still Life with Water Jug
oil on canvas
16x20 inches

Friday, August 12, 2011


Well, I.O. Metro finally picked their contest winners, and mine unfortunately was a reject.

So, if anyone would like to purchase this painting, please send me a message at and I will be happy to hook you up!

Stack of Literature
acrylic on canvas
16x20 inches

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Currently reading...

So in addition to painting projects, here are some of the books I'm currently/will soon be reading.  I'm planning to read these at the same time actually so that one may supplement the other.

The first is actually a huge steal from my local Borders, which as we all know is closing.  It is a $150 value that I grabbed for just over $40.  It's an incredible 2-volume set called The Great Painters of the Italian Renaissance (2008), by Eberhard Konig (ed.) and is a combined 20lb, 1304-page comprehensive Renaissance art history monster.  And yes, I plan to read it all, cover to cover.  Good luck, right?
Anyway, the other book I'm reading is, of course, an abridged version of Vasari's Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, or Lives of the Artists for short.  Or, Lives, for even shorter.  Many of the major figures of the Lives are featured in Konig's texts.  That made me really excited to see that many of them have their own chapters.  Here is the version of the Lives that I am reading:

So without further ado, I'm going to go ahead and get off of this computer and start reading.  Until next time...