Christmas 2017

Let me confess–since I’ve been working on an hourly basis (several years, now), the holidays are even more depressing than they normally are.  Aside from the obvious, for hourly folks, a “holiday” means “No.  You can’t can’t earn money today–it’s a holiday.  So, no, you can’t pay your bills–not enough earned hours.”  No, no paid holidays for you.  As you might imagine, that tends to color certain events–

Anyway, here’s a present, made for a friend this season.  Since I have no money, it’s a painting.  Fall foliage as seen on a morning when the fog is just now dissipating.  And if you like it, happy holidays to you, too.

See you again in a few weeks, and as always. thanks for stopping by.

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Paintblog November 2017

Greetings all, I hope the holidays are finding you well.

So, the last project kind of stalled, so here’s something new.  Unexpectedly, I didn’t document the very beginnings of this piece, but we’ll pick it up as we go along.

What I did was take an old canvas that was never going to work, and covered it with (I thought) raw umber–what I use for black.  I may have used burnt umber instead, as it looks pretty brown.  I painted a couple of shapes at the bottom and top, using titanium white.  Here’s the earliest shot I have.

As you can see, I then did a bunch of detail work in the lower shape, again using raw umber.

The shape at the top of the painting suggested a crashing wave, so I worked toward that goal.

Added some detail work to that–

I then wondered if these two areas could be connected by the middle.  Something suggested the water beneath the crashing waves, blending into what would become the “sea floor” in the bottom window.  So I set to work with that.

Then, using raw umber, I built up into the green so that the two would blend.  Added some yellow to the green for highlighting at the top, some vague white shapes in the bottom, and a middle streak of black.  I tend not to use black–it stands out too much from the rest of the palatte–but it seemed to work here.  Though you’ll note in the next picture that it doesn’t photograph very well.

And that’s where it stands as of today.  It has actually gone pretty quickly–the above has mostly been done in the last couple of weeks, with pauses to allow for drying time.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

 

 

Paintblog October 2017

So, last month we added a bit to an old painting of a shore with water.  And we’ve added a bit more.

Just some added color out in the depths.

This is just to define the bottom of the lake or river or whatever it is.

Then–

It looks like a shadow of something, but I’m trying to give the impression that there’s an opening in the riverbed.  It’s nowhere near “there” yet but I’m enjoying this.

Thanks for stopping by.

PaintBlog 2017 Yeah Right

Remember this?  It’s from 2014 so that’s a stretch.

Really bad photo, but no matter!  There’s another really bad photo to follow.

I liked this image, but it always nagged at me as being incomplete.  Yeah, yeah, some folks might like it because it’s calm and soothing, but there was always–for me–something not quite there.

I suspect it’s because I always want images to hint at a story.  Something more than the image itself, something that projects beyond what’s actually on the canvas.  And this one just…sat there pleasantly.

You’ll note the flash highlights in the middle right…well, that’s because I’ve recently moved and I have no idea where I packed the Really Good Flash, so I’m having to use the Built-In Flash.

Other than that, I like the direction, and there is more to come.

Thank you as always for visiting.  See you soon.

Eclipse 2017

I realize the eclipse happened last week, but I’ve only just put my computer back together after the move.  So here are some shots of the eclipse as it happened.

All of them were shot through my Nikon D70 using a neutral density filter, except for those where the coverage was as close as it got to total.  For those I just used the camera as is.  As you can see, most of the images look like someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing messing around with MS Paint.

Enjoy!

Digital work in progress

Greetings.  I haven’t been doing any painting for weeks, now, and it seems unlikely I’ll resume doing so.  Circumstances are boring, so instead here are some stills from another project I’m working on, this one another Flash animation story.  Still in pretty rough form, but progressing okay.  Enjoy, and I’ll see you next month.