Posts Tagged ‘pumpkins’

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Teapot Reflections and Tea Kettle

March 1, 2018

Teapot Reflections – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Worked these two designs for my oil painting students. Although both designs use the same elements in the same formation, the format makes a dramatic difference. I urge my students to quickly work at least six thumbnails of the scene. Designs can be worked panning out, zooming in, crop, horizon up, horizon down, alter the format (ex. 8″ x 10″ vs 8″ x 16″, etc.). This forces an artist to look beyond the initial excitement and beyond the obvious. Often I find that the second or third is design is a stronger composition and offers a better opportunity. I find that instead of one painting, I have up to half a dozen or more good opportunities. I do this and hope to convince students of the success. Unfortunately, this lesson is too often neglected by students.

Tea Kettle – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

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Flyer with Gourds

January 4, 2018

Flyer Jr with Gourds – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 16″

I had created a painting of an empty red wagon. It was requested by and displayed at a gallery for several months. The gallery swapped out the painting. Back at my studio, I pondered about the painting now setting in my inventory. I decided to modify the painting by improvising and adding pumpkins. I utilized some pumpkins from our garden ts models. I like the results.

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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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Flyer with Pumpkins

December 26, 2017

Flyer with Pumpkins – Plein Air – Oil on Linen Panel – 8″ x 10″

Had a nice harvest of pumpkins from the garden. I decided to use an old wagon to create this still life. I improvised the background to create more interest. As I set up and started to paint, I realized that our dog was at our back door. He was barking and I took that as a message that he wanted to come out and join me outside.

Our dog, Clawed Monet (sic), generally likes to relax underneath a tree to the north end of our yard. Today, however, he decided to lay down and relax in front of my set up. An artists version of a photo bomb.

Clawed Monet with Still Life Prop

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Fall 2016 – Studies for Oil Class

December 26, 2016
Sunflower Study November 19 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Sunflower Study November 19 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

I host an oil painting class on Saturday mornings. To help students, I start paintings along with them in order to help the students be comfortable with the early stages (and foibles) of the rough sketch and block in stages to their works. After the basics are in place, I move around to help the students get their works “on track” and feel more comfortable and content with their efforts. Often, my ‘starts” get wiped off of the canvas panels once I get home. Occasionally, my starts are encouraging and exciting enough that I will finish the works either in class or once I gt back to my studio. These are four of the works which received the nod this past semester.

Pitcher and Pears December 3 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Pitcher and Pears December 3 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Candles for Christmas 2016 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 8" x 6"

Candles for Christmas 2016 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Package and Ornaments December 17 - Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel - 6" x 8"

Package and Ornaments December 17 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″