Thursday, April 26, 2012

Done: cloudy Beethoven red umbrella

I think I've successfully wrestled this one into shape, so I'm declaring it done. (I don't know why Im still surprised that most paintings have to be fought with so much to get them to close to the original vision, because I've been at it for years, so I shouldn't be. I guess I don't learn, haha)

I mention Beethoven because That's what I was listening to while I worked on it, I'm still not sure about the title.

This photo is a detail, I'll post full pics once I get the Nikon camera out.

Today's a day for trying again

I'll be repainting the parts that I scraped off last week that didn't turn out so well. Hopefully I can get this one finished off today.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moody clouds, with an umbrella

This is as far as I managed to get on Saturday. I listened to Beethoven most of the day, which seems to be working well for this kind of painting.

Spring is nice

For painting because you can finally open the windows. Although I think I like summer better because I can hear the breeze in the leaves of the trees while i'm painting and it reminds me of my living and working outside tree planting days.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

I get really wound up

At this stage of a painting. The looser and more forgiving underpainting is done, and now I'm starting on the final layers. This is the stage when I get anxious that I'm going to screw it up completely, which can be paralyzing. then i have to say 'fuck it' and just hope it works out because otherwise I'll be stuck on it forever.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Big water umbrella - work in progress

This morning I'm working on a painting with an umbrella in it. This is a detail with the drawing stage finished.

Update: here's another detail with the sky underpainting finished.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cityscape pencils finished, and I mention the robot

Yes, that's a bloody huge number of windows to paint. My wife thinks I'm insane, because it's going to take forever to paint this up. I probably am crazy for trying. I generally try to keep things simple, but once in a while, a painting goes in a direction that I know is going to take too much time, but it's got its own logic that I have to work with.

Also, this is only part of the painting, I'm not including the main robot character because I don't want to give too much of it away before it's done.

#robot, #ontheeasel, #workinprogress

Friday, April 6, 2012

Cityscape car designs

Trying to get something futuristic-retro for this cityscape. Somehow doodling right on the painting works better than doing separate studies sometimes.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New coastal painting - pencil stage

Working on a big coastal piece at the same time as the cityscape - here's a detail of the pencils