Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well and your New Years Eve plans are underway if you are celebrating. Here are paintings 25 and 26:
#25 “Brie and Blueberries”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
Here is a simple piece with cheese and blueberries. I like the contrast in textures of the dusty cheese and the glossy blueberries. I tried to be looser and tried not to overwork it too much.
#26 “Bread”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
I wanted to try something different in this painting. So I incorporated different effects of painting genres within an individual painting. For example, I used realistic rendering of the subject juxtaposed with graphic design elements in the background. Again, I tried to be loose in this painting and used a flat brush to achieve the flat “stripes” and soft transition of the background. I am pleased with the way it turned out.
This week is the last stretch for me, only four more paintings to go!
Until the next post,
Hello everybody, for those of you who celebrate, I hope you had a great Christmas! Here are paintings 23 and 24:
#23 “Abundance”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
In light of all the festivities and food, I thought it would be fitting to do a painting of food. In this case, some delicious grapes and figs. I tried harder to be looser in this piece. It is apparent in the rendering of the cut figs. Other than the looseness of the figs, I don’t know if I like this piece that much. I’m afraid it looks like those typical still life ensembles with a bunch of food items and a jug or some other dinnerware thrown in. I don’t know why but I don’t like still lifes with more than a handful of items. It looks too busy and cluttered to me.
#24 “Study of A Happy Pig”, oil on birch panel, 5″x7″
This is a painting that I altered from the reference photo with a dark background. I don’t know if I like it or not. But, I can’t get over what I perceive as a smile on the pig’s face. The one thing that I do like about this piece is my treatment of the edges. I tried something new and loosely blurred the edges. I think it produced an interesting effect. Especially where the grain of the panel shows through.
I hope you enjoyed Christmas and all went well. I enjoyed this Christmas for all the usual reasons but also because it was my only day off from painting this month! It was a welcomed break. I will be resuming painting today and persevere for the final stretch this week. Six more to go!
Wishing you a great week.
Hello everyone, it’s Friday, a welcomed end of the week. Here are paintings number 21 & 22:
#21 “Marbles”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
This painting was a study to render glass and reflective things. And as always, every painting is a learning experience. Since I don’t draw my reference onto my substrate when I start a painting, it was a bit nerve-wracking to do this piece. I usually just do a loose sketch with thinned paint. The spherical forms require precise lines and a steady hand; I don’t have the steadiest hands. In fact, my hands always shook a little bit. So, to render these spheres as closely as possible was tricky. But I like how it turned out with the different coloured reflective lights.
#22 “Christmas Wish”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
This piece is a little something I did for this special occasion. I hope it doesn’t look hokey but to paint something like an ornament or an exclusively Christmas image would be kind of weird if hung on a wall. So I chose a more “universal” image. I opted for the simplicity of a single candle. I hope you like it.
Wishing you all a very wonderful holiday. I hope you will be able to get together with friends and family. Whatever your interaction, I hope you will come away with a modicum of peace and a few laughs.
Hello everyone I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been unusually cold here in the Pacific Northwest. The upside is that it looks very Christmasy. Below are paintings 16,17&18 that I managed to get done:
#16 “Lionhead Bunny”, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″This painting is of a Lionhead-breed rabbit that I have never seen before. It’s really cute, so I thought, why not? It’s as good a subject as any. Since, my goal for this 30-day challenge is to familiarize myself with oil painting. These paintings are not necessarily planned art pieces but studies and practice paintings. It turned out to be challenging enough, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s really tricky to paint the white of the fur and all it’s nuances without ending up with a solid-white blob.
#17 “Pomegranate Study”, Oil on Birch Panel, 4″x4″This piece looks really simple but getting the colour right was difficult. Nothing’s ever easy when you start to paint it, at least for me. I am very happy with the way it came out. Despite the simplicity of the composition and subject matter, the richness of the colours really make the piece. It does look like a pomegranate doesn’t it?
#18 “Cupcake”, Oil on Birch Panel, “4×6”This painting was a fun piece in as far as the subject matter and the bright cheerful colours. Needless to say, it wasn’t an easy piece. It wasn’t that difficult either, but kind of time-consuming in rendering the cupcake liner paper and the pastry itself.
I’m glad that these three pieces are a success (for me). I have learned that you really have to push through and not get discouraged about the work ahead. I’ve also learned that you can’t rush things no matter how crunched for time you are. I am especially proud of myself for getting these done amidst Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and daily life responsibilities.
I hope your week goes well and I hope you enjoy these pieces.
Hello everyone, it’s Friday again and what a relief! It’s hard to believe that this set of paintings marks the half way spot! Only fifteen more to go and it seems the time is flying by. Here are paintings 14 and 15:
#14 “Etched in Concrete”, oil on birch panel, 8″x8″
This painting is from a photograph I took of a natural patina of sorts, in concrete. I was mesmerized by the diaphanous form of a cloud, tree or mushroom that just occurred naturally. I found it beautiful and amazing.
When I set out to paint it, it was interesting. Often times I tag a painting as representational or abstract. In this case, it’s a representational painting of an abstract image~go figure.
#15 “The Look”, oil on birch panel, 4″x4″
When I saw this photo of this goat, I had a chuckle. The look on the goat reminds me so much of one of my sons when he’s in a certain mood. I like to approach portraying animals as I would a human portrait; I think it adds a lot of character and is a lot of fun.
I am reminding myself to enjoy the little things.
Wishing you a great weekend!
Hello everyone I hope you are doing well. Below are numbers 12&13:
#12 “Brown Eggs”, oil on panel, 5″x5″When I saw a photograph of this, I knew I had to paint it. The “brown” of the eggs against the robin’s egg blue of the carton really caught my eye.
When I started painting this, I realized how difficult the “brown” of the eggs really is. It’s was hard to define and match the colour, for me at least. It’s more like a range of light caramel, light chestnut, bisque and burnt sienna instead of just brown.
The blue of the carton in all it’s variations is one I have loved for a long time. So I didn’t have trouble with it. I am happy about the way the “cardboardness” of the egg carton turned out.
#13 “On the Way Home”, oil on panel, 8″x8″This painting is based on a blurry photograph I took through the car windshield. We were on the way home from a trip out-of-town. Suddenly, whilst the sky was shifting, I saw the most vibrant red in the sky. I remember never having seen the sunset that red. Maybe because it was sandwiched between dark and smouldering clouds, but the red was really intense.
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Hello everyone, it’s Monday and I hope your holiday preparations are well under way. Below are the next three installments of my paintings:
#9 “Two Halves”, oil on panel, 4″x4″This piece was a pleasure to work on, it gave me no troubles. Sometimes, regardless of the perceived difficulty or ease of a picture, some paintings will give you problems. But this one was straight forward and enjoyable to paint. I especially like the imperfections in the flesh of the avocado and the beautiful variations and depth of the green.
#10 “Raven Study”, oil on panel, 4″x6″This piece was partly a learning experience in figuring out what kind ogf brushstroke would give the look of feathers. Unless you are painting in the Hyper-Realist style, you need only to suggest the look of feathers, not paint each one. I think in the end it looks believable. I do like the monochromatic look with a hint of blue-black.
#11 “El”, oil on Gessoboard, 5″x7″This piece, in case you don’t recognize it, is ‘El’ from the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and thought the little girl who played this character was beautiful. So I attempted to paint her, but it the painting ended up portraying her to look older. With the time frame I was working in, I didn’t want to correct it or do it over. And I do like the feeling and look of the piece.
It has been a lot of work so far. It is one thing to paint everyday but to finish a painting a day is quite challenging for me. The good thing is, it’s like a crash course; I am learning quite a bit about oil painting. And that’s a good thing, since my motivation for this challenge was to get more proficient in oils.
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Wishing you a great week!
Hi everybody, TGIF! I hope your week has been good. Below are paintings #7
#7 “The Diver”, Oil on Birch Panel, 5″x7″
I always liked the look of being underwater with the light shining through from the surface. In real life, I’m kind of scared of being underwater despite knowing how to swim. I really liked this picture when I saw it and attempted to paint it.
I am happy with the way it turned out. I think it could have looked a lot worse, like one of those magazine ads. I wanted it to have an introspective and psychological aspect. I like the diver figure obscured with the dark blues of the water. The darkness is contrasted by the glow of the light. It almost feels like a metaphor for life.
#8 “Study of Bird Skull”, Oil on Birch Panel, 4″x4″ This painting looks better in real life. In this picture, there’s more contrast in the contours. In reality, the painting is more subdued. That’s the look I was going for. I wanted to use a limited palette to render light and delicate variations in tone. I wanted to illustrate the beauty and delicacy of the bird skull.
I hope you like these so far.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well. Below are #5 & #6:
#5 “View”, Oil on Birch Panel, 4×4
I painted this little scene using a copyright free photo reference. I love the vibrancy of the colours and the turquoise patina on the rock walls. I also love the contrast between the shadowed walls and the saturated colours in the light.
#6 “Study of Caravaggio’s Judith”, Oil on Panel, 2.5×5″
I have long been an admirer of Caravaggio’s work. His mastery of chiaroscuro and drama of his scenes are intense. The painting I was studying is called Judith Beheading Holofernes. The subject matter of this painting was very popular and many artists depicted this scene. I don’t like the gory part of the painting but Judith’s face really captured me.
I decided to use an even smaller surface to work on but I think the painting looks powerful and big somehow. I tried to capture the expression of the original since the other aspects were not possible.
One of the aspects I’m talking about from the original painting is the colour. It is impossible to duplicate in my situation, since I was working from a digital reference of a photo print. Also, I was painting alla prima with paints that are made of different pigments. Also, the manufacture of the paint is different was well.
Despite the differences in materials, technique and the time constraints, I really enjoyed working on this one.
Hello everyone. Needless to say, it’s getting kind of hairy with the holiday season ramping up. I don’t have my tree up yet and usually I like to have it up on December 1st. So I wanted to let you know that I will try to post regularly but the paintings in my posts will likely have a one-day lag. Anyhoo, below are paintings 3 & 4:
#3 “Persimmon with Hazelnuts” Oil on Panel, 4×4″
I love persimmons and as it happens, this was the last one I had left. So I decided to paint it. To make the composition more interesting, I threw in some hazelnuts. This painting was done from life.
#4 “Unknown Hooves”, Oil on Panel, 5×7″
This painting was done from a photo reference. I had saved this photo from a copyright free site because it looked interesting. But I have no idea what animal these hooves belong to.
I found the forms of the legs and hooves really interesting to draw. I especially like the contour of the shapes. Here is a close-up of my sketching in the underpainting:
I hope you have a good week.
I will remind myself to stay calm and be mindful of compassion to others in this holiday season.