Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Twisted Bull

This is one of the last pictures in my series on Western scenes. This is a large oil on canvas, say 30"x40" or so. I picture the bull as whipping his head up and down and around while bucking the poor rider off!

I used a fan brush (ugh!) on this painting in a few select areas. I know that the fan brush gets a lot of bad rep but it was a wonderful discovery for me! I will never hesitate to use it again. Time flies while painting--indeed--I get exhausted in the concentration required and must take a break after about an hour or so. Actually, this is a good thing since I need to step away, look away and come back only to see all of the mistakes that must be fixed! Yes, painting is all about correcting mistakes and for me there are plenty.

One of the tidbits of wisdom that I picked up from an instructor who was repeating what they heard from another is to figure out what the painting needs most and work on that. I believe that this is a good way to prioritize the painting process since one sees so many mistakes during the process. Eventually, the painting is done!

So much to learn and practice!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Indian Coal Carriers

A 16" x 20" oil on canvas painting of Indian women carrying coal from the coal mine.  The colors and composition attracted me to this painting.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Calf Roper Dismount

A large oil on canvas painting of a dismounting calf roper done in an expressionistic style.  I like to paint in a loose style especially when action is depicted.  34"x 44".

Monday, April 30, 2018

Honey Crisp and Spatula

I enjoyed studying the white fabric which looks especially realistic against the dark background.  In person, the fabric looks like it jumps off the canvas.  The apple was fun and painting fruits and vegetables is always a challenge and is satisfying. I think people are drawn to this little painting due to its unusual composition.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Pear and Apple

Small oil on board painting (6"x8") of fruit on handkerchief.  Good practice on handling paint when not painting other subjects!