OK, this is pretty sloppy and random, but it might make a nice illustration for a children's book. A bad children's book about Hades, that is.
February 22, 2010
February 19, 2010
February 16, 2010
Here's a sketch I did while visiting another artists studio in Sonoma. We set up a simple still life with fresh flowers and started the clock. I think I must be finally adjusting to larger canvases because this one felt too small while I was working on it.
February 13, 2010
February 11, 2010
February 9, 2010
With Different Strokes from Different Folks on hiatus, I was thinking of starting a monthly challenge myself. Fortunately, a lot of "folks" already have. They vary wildly in style, but I thought I'd just start submitting some responses to the challenges.
Studio Atelier, run by Barb Benik, seems to be a familiar fit – everyone painting their interpretation of the same photo, so I've started there. Not many entries yet, but you've still got two weeks.
February 8, 2010
February 4, 2010
Phew. Much more fun doing a quick sketch again, (and getting out of doors for a change).
Yes, Stok Lake is a lake, but it has a huge island in the middle, so it's more like an artificial circular river, with a waterfall to boot.
February 3, 2010
Well this is where it wound up. Not sure it's my favorite of the steps, though it certainly the most detailed.
I worked on the trees a bit until I thought they were just right, and then noticed that the roof shape wasn't shortened properly as it went back into the distance, so I changed that and had to redo the trees there again. Pretty much the same story in every area I ventured into.
I discovered what a lot of you probably already know – if you look at a piece you can always find something wrong with it you'd like to change, but generally don't feel like getting all set up to do so. However, if you set out your palette and give yourself some time to "fix" a piece, the hours can fly by.
I'd bet I could work on this for two hours every day, but I'm not sure it would get any better. Just different.
The other big stumbling block here, for me, was color. Specifically the decision whether to match the color in the photograph as accurately as possible, or to go for a more "artistic" approach. I'm still not sure, but I do think some of the earlier stages were more interesting, color-wise.