Thursday, October 3, 2013

When Painters Block Hits...Whip out the Acrylics!

Acrylics paints are easy to work with and you have to layer incessantly but it's therapeutic. I haven't mastered blending with this medium but with landscapes I find I can get the result that I like.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Hitting the Wall

"22 months until retirement" is the running theme these days. Pressures of work and household chores have caught up to this 53 yr old man. Don't get me wrong, I love to paint but I really have to be in the mood to do so. My brushes are rarely  touched except for the ones I used to remodel the bathroom with. 
     My favorite way to paint is to get up in the morning and enjoy coffee and a little breakfast while contemplating the painting strategy for the day. The length of the session is determined by interest, other plans, or whats practical, such as waiting for background to dry.
    Unfortunately, those open days are far and few between. When it gets over 100 degrees here in the desert you mow EARLY or else. Sundays are filled with church activities and watching golf.
   Yes, I am discouraged! It may not be the smartest way to handle these limitations but I paint to be happy and have fun. Painting only as time dictates is NO FUN.
    The retirement community I will be moving to has endless opportunities to paint with other artists. I look forward to that day. I may or may not pick up a brush until that time but I hope it happens. I will stay positive and enjoy watching my internet painter friends all the while.
   I've hit a wall...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's Been a While

I haven't been posting a lot of pics because of time restrictions and a total frustration at not being able to get as much brush mileage as I want. 3 years to retirement and much more painting time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Some Recent Work

With very little time to paint I keep learning the same mistakes over again. That may not make sense but it seems appropriate.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Too Purple

According to my wife this is too purple. You be the judge.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some New Stuff In Color!

I love just splashing on color and
seeing instant results.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Camera Phone better than Nothing

I haven't posted any pictures of my latest works because of the lack of a decent camera. Well, it looks like my camera phone will just have to fill in. This painting of course has many over the top colors but fun none the less!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Antelope Valley Fair 2010

As an afterthought I entered some paintings in the fair this year. I did really good. My Elk in Green Meadow won 1st place and the elk in yellow meadow won 3rd in the same category. My lighthouse won 2nd place in landscapes but my Hawaiian sunset didn't win anything. People are so fickle, the sunset was the one all my friends said they liked the best. Go figure....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Trying New Stuff

I am trying to paint more "action" scenes that includes the full figure. Also including some landscape, practicing edges and experimenting with a little on purpose blurriness. (Is that a word?) The subject of this painting was of a wedding of some of my fellow church members. It wasn't meant to be an exact likeness, good thing cause I couldn't quite get it and didn't want to spend a lot of time trying. My wife camera still sucks. The canvas is 16X20.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Camera Crisis

My camera that I use to photograph my painting is not an expensive camera but it BROKE! I have some recent paintings but I have to use my wife's camera which takes really grainy yukkee pictures. Please bear with the poor quality of the pics.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Come Sail Away

I've been working on this sailboat but somethings wrong with the skies. Maybe too detailed or too much highlight? Who knows.....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pretty Sunset

I loved painting this sunset because it was so simple with very few colors. It was very quick even though I painted the sky and water first and let that dry. Can't wait to varnish.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Trying to find time to Paint!

It feels like I go weeks between painting sessions but that's what having a real job is like. Can't wait to retire!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sunset Orange

This 9x12 on canvas board was a blast to paint.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cranking Out 8 X 10's

I seem to be in my "Elk" phase, at least they are easy to paint. The grassy meadow painting is 8x10 on canvas board. The snowy scene is 11x14 on stretched canvas. Hopefully I can sell these for paint money!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Learning Landscapes

Just whipping out some landscapes, not trying to get masterpieces, but attempting to learn with each one. I will probably sell the lighthouses, both are 16x20. The framed elk (8x10) turned out really nice.
The Morman fieldhouse is 8x10 and is sold to private collector.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Busy With Landscapes!

I've been trying to whip out some landscapes because let's face it, I need some new paints so I have to try and sell these. My thanks to Margaret Kessler for all her landscape tips in her book. The blue water tropical scene is 9x12 and is in a private collection.