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Paintings done in oils or acrylics.

Josephine’s Shoe in Acrylics

You may remember the adorable little shoes I purchased earlier this year.  They reminded me of one of my characters in a book-in-the-works.  Her name is Josephine, and I imagine she wore shoes like these.

Painting is always difficult for me.  It just doesn’t come to me as naturally as drawing, so I tend to put it aside easily.  Still, the bug to paint comes every so often, and then I’ll take out my brushes and give it a go.  I’ve found that painting from life is much more educational than using a photograph, so I usually try to use a real object.  I ended up using one of these fabulous old shoes as a subject, and started in on the painting.

I used three basic colors for this, with the addition of white and black for values.  It is much less complicated to use a limited palette, and it really helps me to learn more about color mixing.

Josephine’s Shoe

- Painted with Liquitex Acrylic paints.  Colors used were Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Naphthol Crimson, Mars Black, and Titanium White.

- Brushes used were mostly coarse flat, bright, and round brushes.

- 5×7 inches in size, painted on a canvas panel.

Josephine's ShoeCR

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

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Faucet Man

Here’s something a little different than my usual stuff.  First, it’s an acrylic painting, and if you’ve been watching my blog for long, you know I don’t paint too often.  Also, this is a different sort of subject for me.  I wanted to try something sort of industrial, sort of vintage…and just a touch Steampunk.  So this is what I came up with.

Up in my studio, I have a collection of metal scraps and pieces of junk which I’ve accumulated over time for sculpture and mixed media projects.  One of my very favorite pieces in that collection is a part of a faucet that looks just like a man with pipe legs and faucet handle arms.  That is a great item, and while I haven’t decided what to sculpt with it yet, I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and capture it on canvas.  The metallic finish was a really interesting challenge as it reflects the colors around it so much.  The top/front half of the faucet part (the part that would stick out of the wall) is a shiny chrome color, but it is a bit grimy and tired from its years of setting in a shed.

Acrylics are traditionally matte in finish and since this is such a metallic piece, I used metallic acrylics to make this painting shine.  The background consists of a number of layers.  Originally, it was black with some red thrown in, but I didn’t especially care for that.  So I threw on a quick splash of metallic gold and loved it, so it’s mostly a gold background with touches of black and sort of a rust red peeking through here and there.  I also used some alternative methods.  I was inspired by a great artist who calls himself Zorgor.  You can check out his wonderful and cheerful blog here.  He does some very interesting things with paint, and I thought it might be fun to try something different too.  So for the flecks of black, mustard yellow, gold and silver, I diluted the paint and spattered it on the background to give it a greasy, oily, sort of roughed up look.  Then I took a couple of found objects and covered them generously with paint and pressed them to the canvas to leave unique marks (you can see a round shape in the upper right side of the canvas which was made by pressing a round necklace pendant to the canvas).  I also coated a chain with black paint and dragged it over the canvas in one or two places.  It was interesting to get a couple of unique textures in this painting.

The faucet man himself was painted mostly with brights and flats paintbrushes.  Once I had painted this piece, I knew I’d need to add something for a head.  What better than to take some found objects and attach them for some dimension?  The light bulb head was actually a plastic earring in the shape of a Christmas light bulb.  I sawed the earring in half so there would be a flat side to attach to the painting.  I glued it on with acrylic gel, and then I painted the light bulb and spattered it some so it didn’t stick out too much from the painting.  Finally, I decided my faucet man should have a nose, so I looked through my collection of junk and found this piece that was part of a clip-on earring once.  I bent it with pliers so it would rest easily over the curved light bulb and glued that into place with gel too.  As you may imagine, this piece was tremendous fun and a good way to think outside the box for a change!

Faucet Man

- 6 x 8 inch canvas board

- Acrylic paints applied with flats and brights brushes, some fan brushes for the threads of the pipe, and found objects dipped in paint for some of the background

- Plastic Christmas light earring for the head, and a metal part of a clip-on earring for the nose

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my Faucet Man.  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Painting Again

Dry media is my favorite thing to do…but sometimes, the bold, colorful, messy and fun world of paint calls me back to give it another try.  This was the case with this painting.  For two days last week, my internet and cable tv were not working, and it sort of forced me to think outside the box as far as something to do with free time.

Hm, maybe the cable and internet should kick out more often? :)

I’m not sure if you are familiar with Breyer horses, but I collected them as a kid and they are such beautiful horse figurines.  Since I didn’t have internet to search for an image to paint, I set out one of my old Breyers and decided to try to paint it.  I do find painting from life easier than from a photo – it seems much easier to get accurate colors that way.  So I sat down in my studio and put on some fun music – it’s much easier to create with music.  Music is the most amazing thing, isn’t it?  It makes everything better.  Tapping my toes to music, I set out this horse figurine and pulled out my acrylic paints.  The palette consists mostly of buttery yellows, cool gray, black for the background and just a dot of white for the catchlight in the eye.

White Horse on Black (I’m no good at titles!)

- 6 x 8 inches in size

- Basics brand acrylic paints

- Painted on a canvas board

- Mostly painted with flats and brights, as well as a fabulous dagger paintbrush for the mane

- This took an hour and forty minutes to complete

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

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Inspired by Frederic Remington

For years, one of my favorite artists has been the great Western artist, Frederic Remington.  The sense of harshness and excitement that he put into his artwork has always been inspiring to me.  The expressions, the action, and the beauty of his work really captures the feel of the Old West.  He drew, etched and painted horses beautifully, as well as Native Americans, cowboys, and soldiers.  His works tell stories, and his night scenes really captured the feel of darkness and moonlight.

In trying to continue practicing my painting, I decided to try and copy one of my favorites of his work, titled “The End of the Day”.  His beautiful original can be seen here.  I love the snow, the bitter cold look of the blizzard, but most of all, I love that yellow glow coming from the house.  I love how there’s the promise of a cozy cabin after the horses have been tended to.  Isn’t it lovely?

So here is what I came up with in my version.  The angles are a little different, and the horses are a little on the small side, but I enjoyed trying to capture the bitter cold and that wonderful glow from the cabin.  This was an interesting challenge.

Since this is a copy of another artist’s work, I will not title it differently.  It is still Remington’s composition, and I painted it strictly as a practice piece.

- 8×10 inch mounted canvas

- Basics brand acrylic paint

- I used various brushes for this, flats, brights, and round brushes.  For the snow, I used a Chinese Paint Brush, frayed and dry, dipped in diluted white paint to get the snowy look.

Thank you for looking. :)

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

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Wrenches

I’m still trying to improve in oil painting, and that has meant practicing still life with anything I happen to have on hand.  In this case, I used a couple of old wrenches that I keep in my junk sculpture supply box.  I actually did this painting some time ago, back before my Civil War Soldier.

This painting was fun…I enjoyed trying to get the feel of the metal and the rust.  Each oil painting is a learning lesson, and I enjoyed this piece a lot.

Wrenches

-Painted with oil paints.  Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and White.

-Painted on a 6×8 inch canvas board

Here is a photo of the wrenches I used for my still life.

And the actual painting.

Close ups.  Sorry for the glare, the paint was wet when I took the photos below.

Thanks for looking! :)

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

Civil War Soldier in Oils

Dear readers,

I’m sorry to have been scarce lately.  I haven’t been on my computer much lately.  Anyhow, here I am with something new.

I’m trying to get in the habit of painting regularly, and though it is a challenge, I do enjoy it.  Practice can only help, right?

I felt like trying my hand at painting something that told a story this time.  I wasn’t sure what to paint until I got a Civil War magazine from my grandpa.  He and I share this interest, so he often sends his Civil War magazines along to me when he’s done reading them.  I flipped open the newest one and saw a photograph of a man with a sword and a bugle on horseback.  It was a powerful image and, rather on a whim, I decided to paint it.

As might be expected, the photograph was sepia, somewhat blurred and grainy, and of course, very old.  Nonetheless, I wanted to paint it.

Oils are forgiving, that’s the good news.  I had to make many corrections as I painted this.  It took some hard work and a lot of research to try to make the details of the soldier and the horse’s tack look right.  I enjoy research very much, so that part wasn’t so bad.

I did this painting, just like my other recent oils, with only three colors, Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue, plus white.  I use these colors thanks to an art instructor who was willing to help show the way to oil painting.  He suggested I start with these colors and see how many colors can be mixed from them.  How amazing that so many colors can be made from this basic palette!

“Civil War Soldier on Horseback”

-16×20 inches in size, painted on a canvas board.

-Painted with oil paints.  Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and White.

-Brushes used were mostly Brights and Flats, as well as a couple of Fan Brushes for the soft background textures and a Dagger Brush for the grasses and the leather reins and straps.

-This took 10-15 hours approximately to paint.

I’ll show you the WIP images first before showing the final result.

And here is the finished painting.

A few close-ups.

Thanks for looking.  Have a great day. :)

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

Butterfly on Birch Bark

I just love the versatility of acrylic paints.  Only recently did I stop and notice all of the acrylic gels and mediums that are available and that offer so many different looks and textures.  Recently, I purchased a tube of modeling paste.  That stuff is fun to play with.  After toying with it a little, I decided it would make marvelous textures for tree bark in a painting.

And what bark is more unique and interesting than the bark of a birch tree?  I used a painting knife and applied the modeling paste to a canvas in long strokes.  I also made mottled textures by tapping the flat of the knife against the canvas, making the paste take on a different sort of texture.

Once that was done and the paste had dried, I painted the canvas to look like birch bark.  I used several references to get the colors and textures to look like bark.  I was going to call it done, but then decided to try for a three dimensional effect by making a curl of birch bark that was physically popping off the canvas.  This was a whim, but I tore a piece of strong, wavy paper from a pad in my studio and curled it as I wanted.  I then applied it to the canvas with acrylic gel, which is one of the most powerful adhesives I have ever used.  Once that had dried and the paper curl was stuck tight, I painted the curl to look like a fresh, peeling piece of birch bark.  I had such fun with the experiment.

…Even so, the piece felt a little bland.  It wasn’t quite finished.  So I began to scrounge around my studio for something more to add to it.  I found a pretty glass butterfly pendant from a necklace.  Perfect!  I removed it from the necklace and attached it to my painting with more acrylic gel.  It wanted to tip to the side, so I put the handles of two thin paintbrushes under the wings so the body would attach to the painting rather than a wing.  I was relieved when the gel dried to find my little glass butterfly perfectly balanced and glued to the canvas.

All in all, a lot of experimenting went into this painting, as well as a lot of learning.  I had a great time with it.  I hope you like looking at it as well as I enjoyed making it.

Butterfly on Birch Bark

-8×10 inch wrapped canvas.

-Acrylic modeling paste, gel, and paints, as well as found materials.

-Done with painting knives and various brushes.

Thank you for looking. :)

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in All Artwork, Paintings, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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