Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wave Painting

I recently finished my "first" wave painting. I took reference photos from a vacation to Barbados and used one of them for this work. The challenge was to get realistic looking foam getting sucked back from the shoreline to this incoming breaker. Take a look at this video for start to finish how it was created.
Wave painting with oils




Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wekiva Paint Out Quick Paint

Continuing my plein air Florida adventures I had found out about this one in an article from Plein Air magazine. My plan was to just do the quick paint. Maybe next year I can investigate getting juried in. The quick paint is part of the last day of events during this paint out, capping the night with the "gala"; music, art and sales opportunities.

Wekiva Island is just outside the state park. I had never been there and it turned out to be one hopping party place. Lots of people much younger than me, families, dogs, and just a fun atmosphere. Oh yeah, there was a lot of art on exhibit and what turned out to be a dozen quick paint artists. While I was fairly happy with my piece (more than two weeks ago at Lighthouse), it didn't grab one of the top three awards. Here are a couple photos I took during the progress.

 The location alongside a creek with sun hitting some top water vegetation

 Block in. Turpy wash with darks

 ID the focal points and wipe out some excess paint

Framed at the car and ready to hand in for judging. Fair amount of palette knife in the highlights

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lighthouse Plein Air Quick Paint

I ventured further southeast in Florida this past weekend and entered the 5th annual Lighthouse Art Gallery Quick Paint event. This 2 hour window of "spontaneous artistic combustion" kicks off their week-long plein air festival. About 40 artists, including me, participated in the downtown Stuart, FL area for the quick paint. It was a bit cool by SE Florida standards and by the noon judging of entries the winds were howling about 20-30 mph. You had to make sure your display easel was weighted or turned just right to avoid having wet paintings from being blown over.

I haven't been painting outside much this year and struggled with moving shadows and a busy street corner where I set up. In the end I was not thrilled with the results but had a good time "practicing" and being out there amongst other artists. Here's a quick set of sequence photos;
 Start block in- 15 minutes
 Lay down darks- shadows already moving- 40 minutes
Finished and framed- 2 hours

Here are some of the entries with a few showing awards that were handed out. Some nice stuff by a good group of 'circuit' plein air artists.

 Honorable Mention




 Third Place

 Honorable Mention

 First Place




Monday, February 19, 2018

Plein Air Cypress trees with Spanish moss

So I'm on a roll (with 2 posts in 1 day) and have a bunch of art that needs to be published...for whoever might be interested in seeing it. Here's another piece I did last week plein air while in the Village of Fenney, central Florida. I was facing the sun so some of the photos are a bit washed. But the sequence is shown below. Painting cypress trees with Spanish Moss is fun. And the bugs were non-existent as was the heat.

 The source photo and location shot

 A quick sketch to get things positioned

 Darks, sky, tree trunks placed



I got to sit right next to the car so the final piece. 1.5 hours 11x14 oil on canvas panel

A New Pastel for Leesburg Art League



So much has happened since my last post it seems pointless to recap it all. But I can put up something, anything, with respect to slinging paint!

Here, this is a pastel I did at a demo for Leesburg Art League a week ago.
Kind of heading down the impressionist path with this one. It's the first pastel I've completed in at least  a year. It was fun...and fast. Which is what I like about pastel.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2nd Place Award

My relocation to The Villages in Florida offers a variety of new art adventures. The Villages is home to what looks like several 100 artists from painters to sculptures, wood makers, fiber and many other media. It's really unbelieveable!

The artist group Villages Art League recently sponsored an exhibition "Inspired by the Masters". As the name indicates, artists research historical paintings created by any of the great master painters of the past and then use one as an inspiration to create their own.

I selected Edward Henry Potthast, an American Impressionist who was known for his beach scenes featuring people at leisure. Several weeks ago my wife and I had visited Daytona Beach and I snapped several photos of people walking the beach and kids playing in the sand. This is the reference photo I used for my inspiration.

I created an oil painting on 18x24 canvas. The piece was awarded 2nd place from the 32 entries.