Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zespo, oil on linen

One of my friends got into an accident, totaled his car but made it out alive. I didn't see how after looking at the photos of the damage and especially since he only got a few nicks and bruises.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Han, oil on canvas

Monday, November 14, 2011


I've been doing quite a few portraits recently. The surge is in part that I've been able to hold a semi-regular session during the week with fellow students. These are all done 3 - 4 hours.

Still lifes

Other work

Recent life sized bust
The "Chimney Sweeper"
I took a recent trip up north with my friend to visit her parents, hometown, and to paint outdoors. It's something I really want to do more often but this was only the third time I've been out to paint. Viroqua, Wisconsin is full of photogenic scenery that is just sitting (literally) there waiting to be painted. It started to rain and I didn't bring an umbrella but I was not about to give up an hour in so I stood my ground and got soaked. Good thing oil repels water somewhat.
Previous day from the above painting during the 5:30 a.m. sunrise. I only had about 30 minutes max to get most of the sunrise before the blood red sunrise was gone.
Hand studies of myself, my sister, and my friends

Recent drawings in charcoal

20 minute head studies
Portrait of a student
Portrait of another student
Quick gesture
Figure gestures
Quick gesture
Drawn during a workshop with Bo Zhang
Another drawing done during the workshop
5 minute head studies of students during class
More 5 minute head studies

Big update

I've been gone for a little while and I've come back with some new work. I'll organize recent work into different groups of posts. Here's some recent figure paintings I've finished.

2 week pose
2 week pose
4.5 hour at the Palette and Chisel
4.5 hour at the Palette and Chisel

Friday, August 5, 2011

Self portrait in black, 9 x 12, oil and glass on canvas

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hey everyone, got some more stuff done in the past few weeks.

First piece is a 3 hour portrait study, with an intention of just laying down strokes and not touching them again. Not interested in edges in this one, many of them are obviously too sharp, but more so color shifts and accurate placement of strokes. Second a still life in watercolor. Third and fourth are some 3 hour studies done at the Palette and Chisel recently and last is a 3 hour portrait of one of the instructors at the Academy who teaches anatomy and illustration.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I got the painting done from the last update, kind of happy with that one. Features studies, they're all of me except for the top left. These took about 2 hours each. The actual piece is a 11 x 14 so they're quite small. I used a limited palette of Ultramarine blue, cadmium red, and cadmium yellow pale. And a hand study from the same pose above.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

16" x 17" oil on board, still a work in progress. The board's been primed with an acrylic gel medium. Is it completely archival? Not sure, probably not, but I need to experiment once in a while, and I wanted a transparent ground with a thick texture to paint on.