Works in Progress

I’ve spent most of March quite ill, with a persistent cold that would not go away.  Now, it seems to have largely departed, leaving aside some splitting headaches from what I assume is a sinus infection.

Anyway, I’ve not been idle, except for the past few days when the cold has laid me low.  Here are some stills from some upcoming animation projects.  (“Upcoming” being a very relative term.)

The first two are connected, the last is one I started because working on the first two was becoming difficult.

Anyway, thanks as always for stopping by, and I’ll see you in April.


Whoops! February Post

Wow, I almost let February go by without a post!  What a tragedy that would have been, and that’s no lie.

(Forgive the tone, I’ve been watching a lot of the old 80’s Ed Grimley cartoon*, and after a while it seeps into  your blood.  It’s like watching Betty Boop cartoons–watch more than five or six, and you start moving that way–you can’t just get up from a chair, you’ve got to syncopate yourself out of it.  It’s the same with Ed, but with talking more than moving, which probably affects posting rather more than Betty, I must say.)

Anyway, I’ve been busy with stuff–finally posted “Part Two” of my animation project and have been working on “Part Three” (somewhat) diligently since then, with some extremely decent results, just hoping to finish before…you know.

No painting, at least so far.  Tinnitus still is an issue, but then, it would be, wouldn’t it?

And I suppose that will suffice as a totally decent entry for the month–oh, and if that’s not an excuse we won’t be hearing again.  Because we totally will.

Thanks for visiting, as always.  See you in the future, which is already in progress!

*It was the 80’s.  Everything was being made into a cartoon.

And January

So, it’s a new year, and, well, I guess it has been for a couple of weeks now.  And what is there to show for it?

Well, this, from several years ago —

–bad photograph and all, has been transformed into this–

–and I think it’s been immeasurably improved, and now goes onto the wall as “finished.”  The straight, horizontal lines, suggesting walls, really made this one come together.  And the background “figure” gives it a good sense of a series of beings proceeding forward, if beings they are.  (Confession:  I used PhotoShop to take out the worst of the camera flash reflections, but this is still really close to what it actually looks like.)

Still it’s nothing that anyone, anywhere, is going to want to hang on a wall, but I like it, and I think it accompanies this one–

–very well indeed, like the front and back covers of a fairly good pulp novel.  Or even better, a series of pulp novels.

Now that would be something.  Any pulp novelists out there want to work out a deal?  Or have pulp novelists slithered away into the woodwork once the 1930’s became the 1940’s?  A question for the pulpologists out there.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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.

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.


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.