Saturday, December 31, 2011

plein air paintings

I've really been enjoying doing some quick outdoor paintings these last few days. It's slow in coming, but I think I am making progress. This first one I did Thur morning  from the front seat of my truck in a parking lot at "Red Rocks". I think I got lucky with this one as it turned out pretty good.

This one is also from red rocks. It didn't turn out quite as well. I think I got the hills in the back ground too dark.

This is the first one done on my new Julian easel. It is a very convenient easel. I walked out in to a secluded   field I know and painted this. I really don't care for how this turned out, but I was able to use the colors in the next painting that was done from a photo.
I like how this turned out. Using the colors from my previous study made this much better than if I had just copied the photo
I painted this earlier this afternoon. The light was changing so quickly I had to work very fast. I think this took about an hour and a half to paint. I may try painting it again from a photo I took while there, but using the colors I produced in this study. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Plen air from the front seat of my truck

Here's an oil sketch I did today. It was too windy to stand out side so I did this from the inside of my truck. It was kind of cool, but the one problem was that I had to get out of the truck to take a step back and look. So I didn't step back nearly enough. Still it didn't seem to bother me too much. I think it turned out kind of good. I drive by this tree every day on my way to work and always admire it's lonesome beauty. So today I decided to try and paint it. There is a parking lot with this view that was empty today because of the wind, and made a perfect spot for me to sit and paint without worrying about being seen or talked to. I was able to relax stress free and paint. Good times!
The size of this painting is 6"x8"

Monday, December 26, 2011

Female figure painting from figure drawing 2

I think I am done with another figure painting done from one of my figure drawings. I think it turned out pretty good and am ready to move onto something else. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Female figure painting from figure drawing

I have been working on this for over a week now and am finally calling it done. I tried using some of the same techniques I use in my drawing : line quality, cross hatching, leaving parts of the painting less finished. I think it turned out pretty good. Her left foot in particular works better than the drawing. I struggled with it for awhile, but think I finally got it. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nude seated female figure drawing

This is my drawing from the Wed night figure drawing session. It was the last session  of the year. I struggled a  bit in the beginning, but pulled it together and finished a nice drawing. I am glad because I wanted to end the year on a good note.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

self portrait

I guess I need to learn how to smile when I paint. I painted this in front of a mirror. I spent a lot of time trying to get the colors just right. Today I tried mixing all of my colors before I put a brush to the canvas. I think I had five colors for the shadows and five for the lit side. The hair and my shirt not included. I think I am pretty happy with the colors however I didn't intend to make myself look so scary.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

seated female figure drawing from back.

Here is last nights figure drawing. Seems like it was a pretty good night. The left hand turned out good. Hands  are easy to gloss over and not get very good. 
Also, I am starting a works in progress page on my web site: I started a self portrait today and took a few pictures as the day progressed and plan on taking more as it  evolves. Check it out.