Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Autumn Grass on Lake Monamanoc Progress

I guess I laid on the paint a little thick yesterday on the menemsha horizon painting, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow for it to dry to I can finish it. I use Liquin medium which is an alkyd based medium with a drying agent that speeds up drying time immensely (its already been said many times by many people, but it really is a miracle for oil painters), but I guess the oil to medium ratio was off on this one.

In the meantime I started an under painting for the next piece.  I really love painting this lake, especially with the onset of Fall giving it so many earthy hues.  The real challenge is going to be conveying the surface of the water as well as the transparency down to the lake floor.  I've always wanted to accomplish this effect but never really tried.  And that's what this is all about...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Saltshaker and Miniature Teacup Progress

I unfortunately can't photograph this guy as it is a very rainy Boston day today, so here is the progress.  I am having much more fun with this one than the last, trying to pay more attention to color relationships and making my brushstrokes more intentional.  Hopefully it shows.  The final should be up tomorrow if the weather forecast is correct.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shell Painting Tossed, Replacement Coming Up

After spending 3 days driving myself crazy trying to right the wrong that is the aforementioned conch shell painting, I am putting it aside and starting a new one that will hopefully be done sooner rather than later.  It's very difficult for me to move on when I notice a painting is starting to drag me down and frustrate the hell out of me, but one great thing about this exercise is the inability to obsess over a painting you no longer enjoy making if it is ruining your consistency.

I liken my response to a painting gone awry to a gambling addiction.  The more work and paint (and therefore money) I put into a piece, the less I want to give up and accept that I've wasted my resources for nothing, so I keep pushing until I've lost everything (in terms of time and paint anyway) and still have no painting to show for it.  It gets to a point where I feel the painting has taken control of me so I need to gain the control back, which can sometime lead to overcoming my difficulties and completing a painting I would've regretted not pushing to the end, but usually ends in frustration.