Thursday, April 26, 2012

Steer Wrestling Block=in Changes WIP

I am still messing around with the positions and forms with much more to do.  The steer looked too static and the rider looked like he was overshooting his mark so moved the steer over to our left and extended the steer's form to show more movement.  I still have to correct legs and other parts of the steer but I think it is in the right place now.  Also have to work on the rider,  to get more of his body language in.  I roughly blocked in the foreground to give some semblances of dirt and dust clouds.  Still have to block in the background so it shows some sense of place.  . 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Steer Wrestling WIP

Here is this morning's progress, blocking in shapes.  My apologies for the glare on some of the sky area.  Don't you just love the booties on the front legs. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Steer Wrestling Sketch WIP

Finally got the sketch in.  I plan to correct that left leg, front, with paint as the hind leg is in shadow and creating a wider looking front leg right now. 

Thanks to everyone that has added comments to the blog.  All of you that view the blog and those that comment are very much appreciated.  I also want to correct that instead of 500 posts it should have read 1000.  Milestones. 

Steer Wrestling WIP

I've begun another acrylic painting by toning the panel with cerulean blue and burnt sienna and starting a charcoal sketch of the horse on the panel.  I'm not a great sketcher so it mean placing strokes, correcting and trying to keep the measurements in proportion.  Thank goodness for dampened q-tips to remove the charcoal  In doing paintings of figures and animals I am stepping outside my comfort zone, which is a very good thing. Now, to correcting the nostril area and begin measuring the chest and leg areas.  Just think the steer still has to be sketched as does the cowboy.  What fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


"It Must Be Monday"
11" x 14"
Arcylic on Ampersand Board

YOP II WIP Blocking In

Here is the painting as it stands right now.  You can see how much of the toned panel is still shining through.  The photo was taken under a combination of ambient and natural light.  It is amazing the difference in paint colors when shown under different lighting conditions. 

I started to work on this yesterday and stopped when I realized that the way I was pushing paint wasn't working.  This is the stage where angles, etc., are corrected.  I'm pretty happy with the figure overall but there will be some changes. 

Now that the block in is basically done, the question I'm asking now is what would make this a better painting?  What is lacking?   Should more elements be added or moved?  As I paint I have no doubt there will be other questions come to mind and hopefully will answer with a better painting. 

On another note, this is my 500th post.  Hope to post 500 more in the future. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

YOP II April WIP Gesture Sketch

We are starting our second year of painting, one painting a month for the next 12 months, at  The options this month were to choose and set up your own YOP and that will continue throughout the year so that we stretch ourselves into areas unfamiliar or uncomfortable.  Photos were also posted which members can also paint if they choose to.

One of the questions that has been plaguing me is what do I really like to paint???  After giving this a lot of thought, I decided that it is people in everyday life.  I enjoy painting other subjects as well, but I love paintings that feature people living their lives on a day to day basis.

I didn't have a model available other than me so I took photos of me pushing a vacuum cleaner.  This will give me good practice in sketching and painting the human form.  My choice of medium for this is acrylics painted on an Ampersand board.

Okay, I'm back with an update.  The following is a photo of my palette and then the next two steps:

The palette consists of Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna, Cad. Yellow Med., Quin. Red, Cad. Red Med., Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Gesso, used for white.  The paint is placed on wet paper towels and when not in use the paint is stored in a tupperware tray so it can be sealed. 

Next, Cerulean Blue was painted on the Ampersand panel then the figure sketched in with charcoal. Are you wondering why Cerulean Blue to tone the panel? Because it is a greenish blue and there is a lot of green-blue in skin tones.
Now the shadows have been massed in using Burnt Sienna.  A painting was placed on the wall to add balance.

The next phase is to block in everything.  Hope you will stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


This watercolor painting of tulips is on a 1/2 sheet of Fabriano Artisco soft press paper. Colors used were perinone orange, perm red, perm. alizarin crimson, hansa yellow light, new gamboge, quin. gold, sap green, quin. burnt orange, phthalo blue, cobalt blue, Fr. Ultra. blue, and carbazole violet.