Thursday, January 30, 2014

AH Pappy #2 - oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches.

Click here to purchase: A darker painting than usual. We've been having lots of wacky, dumb weather: 70 degrees one day and 15 degrees the next. Bright, sunny, and freezing; then dark, cloudy, and warm -- this day was one of the latter. North Texas winter is stick season: a lot of trees, but an evergreen (or dare I say snow) would be nice to break up the grayness of all those tree sticks.
I did a quick pencil sketch to plan out what lines would be the major players in this painting. It's really just a shorthand scribble to help me install some dynamism in the picture.

There is one color smuggled into nearly all the color mixes in this painting. Guess what it is? Care to put some money on it?


It's cadmium orange -- it makes really nice grays when mixed with blue and white. I bet some of my new favorite paint you wouldn't guess right. You know where to mail it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chapel at Rose Hill - oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches

Click here to purchase: Painted this from the car, with the paint box on my lap. It was really cold and windy, so I would stop painting, start the car, and run the heater for a while to warm up. The perspective was difficult to get right, since I was looking up from the bottom of a hill onto a building with no absolute verticals. Anyway I think it's at least an interesting, unconventional vantage point and composition.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lake Arlington, Looking East - oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches

Click here to purchase: I found a new perch to paint Lake Arlington, from the opposite side I usually set up on. Good views of the lake are hard to find without being in someone's back yard. This one is up on a hill, public property, and there are still a few other views for future paintings from the spot.

Anyway, the light raking across the water was fun to paint (there's so much paint, maybe it'll dry in a year or two).

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign - oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches

(Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind). Click here to purchase:

Ever notice how the sunlight in winter can be very sharp and intense? This was one of those days. I've painted this view three times now, each time a little different from the last. I like the slow, upward slope of the hill and the way the sidewalk undulates with it. The dark orange in the shadow under the "eve" of the sign is fun too.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Charly and Maverick," charcoal and white chalk on paper, 16 x 12 inches

This is a portrait of my uncle Charly and his dog Maverick. It's charcoal heightened with white chalk on gray-toned paper.