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From the Classroom – Boone Farm

March 27, 2019

Often, students mindlessly copy photographs. Too often they end up with drab, busy, boring paintings of uninspired photos. I work with the advanced students to find more opportunities within a reference photo. I implore the students not to just copy the photo. One exercise we do is to take a photo and find at least six good design options within the reference photo. Extra credit given to the student that creates the most good thumbnail sketches of good design options. (I will cover this exercise in another post).

This week, I utilized a photo reference of a local farm. The prior week, one student needed help understanding how to paint the shape of a cylinder. Another had a question concerning shadows and one other student required help understanding metal and rust.

Boone County Farm

I utilized the sketch and value study of a grain bin to demonstrate cylinder, shadow and rust. I opted to set this as a winter scene to stay truer to the reference photo. Side note, they also got interested in the atmospheric perspective I implemented.

Boone Farm Grain Bin Sketch and Value Study

This design highlighting the barn allowed me to demonstrate cylinder (the silo), shadows, and distant trees. Placed this design in a summer setting to help them imagine another option to a reference photo (that is, why does it have to be winter?).

Boone Barn Sketch and Value Study

Discussion then led to these two studies. Each one was created in less than five minutes. They are small but quickly illustrated the points and allowed the students to quickly get to work on their own designs.

Corn Crib Demo – on Canson 140# CP

Boone Barn Demo – Watercolor on Canson 140# CP.

 

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.

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Sunspot Jr. and Pumpkin with Water Can

December 30, 2017

Sunspot Jr. – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

One of the classes I conduct is for Studio Painting in Oil (and Acrylic). Trying to cater to my students interest, I aim to offer one landscape and one still life option at class each week. As if that is not enough strain for an instructor, I also have each scene started on small canvases to help my students visualize a looser beginning to their paintings. Once I get back into my studio, I like to complete the works for sale through my studio or by the galleries which represent my work.

Pumpkins and Water Can – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

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Sunflowers in Coffee Pot

June 18, 2017

Sunflowers in Coffee Pot – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started this as a lesson for my Saturday morning painters. I wanted them to see an example of using complimentary colors to make a painting “Pop”. Purple in the background and used in the shadow areas of the flowers help to tie the work together.

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Mini’s – February

April 5, 2015

February Mini’s . These are small but dynamic still life studies created on gessoed Arches 140# Cold Pressed paper. Each painting is 6″ x 4″

150125 - Ball Jar and Marbles; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150125 – Ball Jar and Marbles; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150129 - Wiener Whistle; Oil on Gessoed Paper 4 x 6

150129 – Wiener Whistle; Oil on Gessoed Paper 4 x 6

150204 -Coffee Mug in Red; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150204 -Coffee Mug in Red; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150214 - Candlestick; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150214 – Candlestick; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150222 -Coffee Mug in Green;Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150222 -Coffee Mug in Green;Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150301 - Salt Shaker in Violet; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

150301 – Salt Shaker in Violet; Oil on Gessoed Paper 6 x 4

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Mini’s – January

February 7, 2015

Something new for 2015. Mini’s are small oil paintings created on gessoed Arches 140″ Cold Pressed paper. Available at a low price, these works fit easily into ready made photo frames.

Hammer - 150118; Oil 6" x 4"

Hammer – 150118; Oil 6″ x 4″

Candle #150105 - Oil 6" x 4"

Candle #150105 – Oil 6″ x 4″

Apple #150107; Oil 6" x 4"

Apple #150107; Oil 6″ x 4″

Chianti Bottle #150110; Oil 6" x 4"

Chianti Bottle #150110; Oil 6″ x 4″

Tissues #150111; Oil 6" x 4"

Tissues #150111; Oil 6″ x 4″

Tea Pot #150114; Oil 6" x 4"

Tea Pot #150114; Oil 6″ x 4″