Thursday, May 24, 2012

Portrait of a Gentleman

Latest from the studio..

Portrait of a Gentleman
oil on canvas
14x11 inches
I probably won't have a new painting to show until next week, so everyone have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Portrait of a Young Girl

And here's my latest just finished today.  Another pretty tough one.

Portrait of a Young Girl
oil on canvas
All in a day's work... more to come soon.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Biker Chick

It was a much tougher one than I thought, but she finally came out okay.
Biker Chick
oil on canvas
20x16 inches

I may start another underpainting tonight, but I'm definitely on to the other portrait tomorrow.  More to come soon...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New projects - May 2012

Well, today was a pretty good and productive day.  I finished a couple of underpaintings for two new portraits.  This one is a simple (yet very difficult) portrait of a young girl:

The problem is... the portrait is a bit off-centered, and I'm not sure if I should do something with the top right part of the picture.  We'll see.
The second painting is just a fun subject of a tough-looking biker girl.  I hadn't planned on this one until today. 

Right now I have these two projects started, and I would like to get a third and possibly a fourth one going as well.  I find that the more projects I have going at once, the more productive I actually am.  I finally cleaned and organized my studio yesterday too, which also helps with my productivity.  I've set it up so now I have two work stations.  I have my regular easel, and I set up a desk so I can work on drawings and smaller canvases with my table easel.
I also purchased some more paint recently that I am really excited to use.  I've been wanting to broaden my palette, and I'm getting started on these two paintings.  Now my palette will consist of:

titanium white
cadmium yellow
yellow ochre
cadmium orange
cadmium red light
vermilion hue
scarlet lake red
cadmium red deep
indian red
alizarin crimson
sap green
viridian hue
pthalo blue
prussian blue
french ultramarine blue
burnt sienna
burnt umber
raw umber

Each of my paintings will use some variation of this palette, give or take a color or two.  The underpainting for the young girl is exclusively burnt umber, and the biker girl portrait is done with raw umber.  I used to mix up sap green and crimson to create the brown tone for my underpaintings, and that was pretty much the only brown I used for any painting.  So hopefully now that I have some other browns, I will be able to cut back on my usage of sap green and crimson.
Well, that's all for now.  Hopefully I'll have some updates on these two portraits, and some underpaintings for more new projects on my next post. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Still Life with Apple

Sorry for the lack of updates... here is my latest.  Actually, it was an underpainting I had lying around for a while, and I finally got around to it today.

Still Life with Apple
oil on canvas
8x10 inches
So a few updates:
I have applied to become an artist member of Summit Art, a local art league/organization, and my jury was today.  Basically that means a committee of artists looked at some of my work, and will decide if it's good enough for me to be a member.  Kind of like a proficiency review I suppose.  Anyway, I should know soon if I've been accepted.
Other than that, I have a couple of projects ahead of me now that this still life is finished.  I felt bad just leaving it there unfinished, and I didn't want to move on to anything new until it got done.  I've also had a couple of commissions recently that I have finished up.  So unless any other commissions pop up, I'll be working on some projects of my own, which will hopefully be decent future show works.
That's all for now... keep on the lookout for some new stuff coming soon!