Revisited

I didn’t feel like this one was done so I went back to the river this morning to try to fix it. I think it’s getting better. I’m approaching it as if I’m painting an abstract painting rather than illustrating what’s in front of me.

When I work from a nude model it’s more of an academic exercise where I’m trying to learn something and understand what I’m looking at rather than exploring or expressing something. Here it seems pointless to paint all the rocks so it looks like a photo of rocks, but I hope it feels like the rocks at this site. Viewers will not know if I moved a rock or if a color isn’t exact since they won’t see the painting at the location. Instead they will only know if what I did is working or not working within the painting itself.

08.30.15-oilriver1 08.30.15-oilriver2

Posted in Plein air landscapes | Leave a comment

Oil Roses

I painted over another old painting this morning in the city rose garden.

oils, 8×10″ 

08.29.15-roses1 08.29.15-roses2

Posted in Plein air landscapes | Leave a comment

New Model

Went to paint with my figure group today and there was a model I hadn’t painted before.

watercolor, 16×12″ 

08.28.15-wcfigure

Posted in Figure, Watercolors | Leave a comment

Old Oils

I’m dusting off some old oil paintings from the basement and painting over them.

08.23.15-oldoils3 08.23.15-oldoils2

Posted in Plein air landscapes | Leave a comment

Too Early

It feels too early to be harvesting my pumpkins, but here they are. Just a sketch this morning. The stems and dried vines are almost more interesting than the pumpkins.

08.22.15-wcpumpkins08.22.15-ecpumpkins2

Posted in My backyard, Watercolors | Leave a comment

Bumpkin

This morning I painted a bumpy pumpkin in my yard. Seems like they should be called bumpkins. I really just wanted to try to paint the pumpkin. The rest of the scene just sort of fell into the picture.

watercolor, 9×12″ 

08.16.15-bumpkin1

08.16.15-bumpkin2

And a few days ago I painted the canal in Stockton, NJ

watercolor, 9×12″ 

08.14.15-canal1 08.14.15-canal2  

Posted in My backyard, Plein air landscapes, Watercolors | Leave a comment

Between Storms

It was a rainy day here today. I watched the weather radar and went out between thunderstorms. I expected to get wet but the rain held off. The clouds moved very quickly though and my light changed dramatically from when I started.

oils, 8×10″ 

08.11.15-storm1 08.11.15-storm2

Posted in Plein air landscapes | Leave a comment

Sketchbook

Here are some practice pages I do in my sketchbook. Nothing fancy. Just playing. It’s important for me to do things like this. I experiment. Trial and error. It’s how I learn.

08.05.15-wcsketch1 08.05.15-wcsketch2 08.05.15-wcsketch308.07.15-wcsketch

Posted in Drawings, Studio works-in-progress, Watercolors | Leave a comment

House Rock Again

I got out late afternoon today. I wore long pants this time to avoid whatever poisonous plant I encountered last time.

oils, 12×12″ 

07.31.15-houserock1 07.31.15-houserock2

**UPDATE**

I finished the sky this morning.

08.01.15-houserock

Posted in Plein air landscapes | Leave a comment

Figure

Went to figure drawing group last night. Some warm up drawings first. Then a watercolor, maybe an hour and a half.

07.29.15-figure1 07.29.15-figure2b

Posted in Drawings, Figure, Watercolors | Leave a comment